The Alzheimer Society has partnered with a pair of local groups to bring a new program to town.
On Sept. 15, the Stettler Public Library announced that it had joined the Stettler Recreation Centre and the Alzheimer Society to bring the Minds in Motion program to the community.
Developed by the Alzheimer Society, the program is for people dealing with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease to take part in with a friend, family member, or care partner.
The two-hour program will run Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Oct. 12 and continue until Dec. 7.
Each session will be split into two parts: a low-impact fitness session followed by “social and cognitive activities” under the leadership of trained coordinators.
According to the release, the physical activity is designed as a way to improve the lives of participants by “improving balance, strength and flexibility.” Fitness activities have also been shown to improve memory and slow down dementia progression.
The games, activities, and socializing are designed to stimulate memories and allow people to have some fun.
“Something we heard in the community during the lockdowns was that seniors who were isolated in the community were experiencing cognitive decline,” said Rhonda O’Neill, the Stettler Public Library manager.
“One of the benefits of attending the Minds in Motion program is that you form friendships with others who are experiencing some of the same issues.. You can pick up some great tips from others, while relaxing in an environment where there is no judgement, just understanding.”
The funding for the Minds in Motion program is being provided by the Alberta Blue Cross COVID Community Roots program to the library for the purchase of equipment and supplies.
Anyone interested in finding out more about this program, or to register, are asked to call the library at 403-742-2292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.