#1: The exercises in this video are designed for people living with mild to moderate dementia. The moves are shown at a slower pace so the participants can follow the instructions on their own or with the help of a caregiver.
#2: This video is designed for people living with mild cognitive impairment or early stage dementia. It has some fun and challenging moves that work both sides of the brain at the same time.
#3: This workout involves doing exercises that strengthen the muscles & joints that can improve your balance & help prevent falls. Safety is the top priority in this class & some participants may need someone to assist them. Participants can add extra sets to their workout as they feel stronger (up to 15).
#4: This class is designed for people living with early stage dementia or mild cognitive impairment. We will be using a small ball to strengthen the muscles that we use in our everyday activities such as carrying groceries, lifting dishes out of the cupboard and getting in and out of bed. The workout is about 30 minutes in length and includes a warm-up, strengthening with a small ball or isometric exercises and stretching and can be done in parts.
#5: In this class, we will be doing “exercises that will wake up our brain’s”. Some of the moves will activate both sides of the brain at the same time while other moves will challenge the brain while doing completely different moves at the same time. The main object of the class is to laugh and have fun!
Gail is a registered fitness instructor with the NVRC and has been working with people living with dementia for over fifteen years. In recent years, Gail has worked as a fitness instructor for the Alzheimer’s Society in their program called “Minds in Motion”. She also designed her own program called Minds and Body Fitness for People with Dementia – it is a NSNH program and it is held at JBCC.
Every Thursday afternoon, for the past few year Gail has taught a” Fitness and Brain Games” class with Parkgate Society’s “My Parkgate Break” Program – a gathering place for individuals experiencing the changes associated with early to moderate dementia. When all the community centres were closed due to the coronavirus, Pam Havens, “My Parkgate Break” supervisor and Gail became very concerned about how this would affect people in our communities that are living with dementia. They came up with an idea that maybe we could stay connected to everyone by producing fitness videos that people could do at home.
We hope that anyone living with dementia and their caregivers will enjoy these videos!