Spring into Motion

This spring, we are pleased to offer two (yes, two!) sessions of Minds in Motion®! The news is about to get even better: we are offering one session at Providence Healthcare in the east end of the city starting April 5, and one session at Islington Seniors’ Centre in the west end starting May 26. We’re making this program more accessible than ever before.

What is Minds in Motion®, you ask? This 8-week program provides an opportunity for individuals in the early stages of dementia and their caregivers to connect with others going through the same things. Minds in Motion® creates a relaxed and safe environment to have fun, and jointly take part in various recreational activities once a week for 2 hours.  Both the caregiver and the person being cared for bond in a way that doesn’t focus only on the daily experiences and challenges.

 

 

Romina Oliverio, a coordinator of the program, has noticed the strong friendships ignited through the program that continue to grow well after the last session. “I love the friendships that are cultivated throughout the program. People come in the first day of the program and are hesitant or shy and by the end of the 8 weeks, they have formed strong bonds and even plan to stay in touch after the program ends. A group of former participants still meet up for lunch from time to time!”

 

 

The group participates in physical exercises as well as fun activities like brain trivia, music sessions, arts and crafts, discussion circles, and reminiscence activities. It’s important to stay active and these recreational activities make up a big part of the program, but Minds in Motion® is really about so much more. As Romina says, it’s about connection.

“It’s immensely gratifying to see a group of strangers open up to each other and find common ground in their current situations. Some of the best moments happen during our coffee break, completely unexpected or unplanned. This is the time when the conversation starts flowing and experiences are shared. Participants learn that they’re not alone in their journey. The sense of community is beyond anything I could have imagined for the program.”

Spaces are limited, so register soon!

If you’re interested in the Providence Healthcare sessions, every Tuesday from April 5 until May 24 from 1-3pm, you can register here.

To register for the sessions at Islington Seniors’ Centre, Thursdays, May 26 until Jul 14, 10am-12pm, then register online here.

You can also register for either session by contacting Romina directly at 416-640-6330 or roliverio@alzheimertoronto.org

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