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Minds in Motion to combat Alzheimer's disease

20.09.2019 10:26
By: Harry Callaghan

Brandon program to begin October 16th

If a loved one is dealing with Alzheimer's disease - a new program in Brandon may help.

Chris Waugh, Regional Coordinator with the Westman Branch of the Alzheimer's Society of Manitoba, says 'Minds in Motion' features exercises - like word puzzles and memory games - but also exercises to get the body moving.

"Any physical activity; getting the blood flowing, pumping through the heart, pumping through the mind, helps stimulate the brain," says Waugh.

The classes are run by a fitness instructor and he says "it's basically arm chair aerobics."

You can register for 'Minds in Motion' by contacting the Alzheimer's Society of Manitoba or the Prairie Oasis Senior Centre in Brandon.

The program is typically open to 8 pairs - patient and caregiver - up to a maximum of 22 participants.

The eight-week program begins at the Prairie Oasis Centre on October 16th - and the fee is $65 a pair.

The Alzheimer Society of Canada says more than half a million Canadians live with dementia, and about 25,000 new cases are diagnosed every year.

Saturday, September 21st, is World Alzheimer's Day.