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What is this project about and why is it important?

This project is supported by the Canadian Dementia Learning and Resource Network at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada under the Dementia Community Investment (DCI). These funded projects are actively developing and testing tools, resources, and approaches to promote the well-being of persons living with dementia and care partners.

The Enhancing Minds in Motion® as a Virtual Program Delivery Model for People Living with Dementia and Their Care Partners project offers evidence-based physical activity, cognitive stimulation and socialization for people living with dementia and care partners.

This project builds on the existing in-person program offered by the Alzheimer Society of Ontario by offering the program virtually and in both French and English. Offering the program virtually expands the reach of the project and allows the program to be accessible to individuals who may otherwise be unable to participate due to their geographical location and pandemic-related concerns. Participants engage for 90 minutes once a week for the 8-week program.

Who is this project for?

This project is intended for people living with dementia and care partners living in the community. 

Resources this project has created

  • Revised informed consent form
  • Revised multimedia form 
  • Safety procedures in place for in person and virtual delivery of program
  • Updated registration form to include the Get Active Questionnaire which covers health and activity questions about participants to ensure safe delivery of the program for each participant
  • Updated the physical exercise framework

3 Key Takeaways

  1. Where physical activity is involved, it is important to have clear, concise safety protocols in place. 
  2. When facilitating exercises, we have one facilitator seated, and one standing to show how to do the exercises. This is especially important in the context of delivering an exercise program to people with dementia where visual demonstration is considered an aid. 
  3. The engagement of people with lived experience is critical in developing the program and meeting individual needs.

Project Details

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Duration: 2021-2023

Organization Lead(s): Alzheimer Society of Ontario

Project Team:

  • Christina Stergiou-Dayment, Project Lead

  • Vanessa Barnes, Project Manager

Project Partner(s):

brainXchange

This project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada under the Dementia Community Investment (DCI).