The program offers Parksville-Qualicum Beach residents living with dementia at an early stage, socializing - Parksville Qualicum Beach News

A six-week fitness and social program for people living with dementia in the Parksville area of ​​Qualicum Beach currently has space available for new registrants.

The Minds in Motion program, which takes place on Friday afternoons at the Parksville Community Center, is part of the Alzheimer's Association of BC's First Link to support dementia for people in the early stages of the disease and for their care partner.

The program coordinator, Shanan St. Louis, has some quite unique qualifications.

St. Louis has a personal and professional experience that helps people living with dementia. She worked in long-term care at Qualicum Beach and Alberta and her family was affected by the disease.

This background is invaluable in its role as coordinator of the Minds in Motion program in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach area.

"When I plan activities, I have the goal of challenging the participants – but always making sure that what we're doing is based on fun," St. Louis said in a press release. "I really like to offer activities that can be attended by family members and support partners".

The Minds in Motion program was developed in response to the need for opportunities for people with early dementia and their care partner to remain active and engaged in their communities. Dementia can be a very isolating condition for the person living with the disease and its care partners. Minds in Motion offers an opportunity for people with dementia to connect with others, make new friends and have fun.

It is also an opportunity for support partners to connect and form new social support networks that often extend outside the group.

The benefits of the exercise component, led by the fitness instructor, Doug Pickard, include an improvement in balance, mobility and flexibility, as well as helping build confidence to live well with dementia.

St. Louis encourages anyone who can live with an early stage dementia in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach area to join Minds in Motion with a care partner.

"It's an opportunity to meet other people who understand perfectly what you're thinking and feeling in a safe space for exercise and fun," he said.

For information on Minds in Motion, or to try a session before registering, contact St. Louis at the Alzheimer Society of the B.C. & # 39; s North & Central Island Resource Center at 1-800-462-2833.

If you have questions about other services offered through First Link dementia support, call the first dementia link service at 1-800-936-6033 or visit alzheimerbc.org. – Sent

– Sent from the Alzheimer Society of BC