Alzheimer Society program planned for Parksville

A fitness and social program for Oceanside residents experiencing early memory loss due to dementia is seeking participants.

PARKSVILLE — A fitness and social program for Oceanside residents experiencing early memory loss due to dementia is seeking participants.

Minds in Motion, offered by the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C., is designed for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Early symptoms may include memory loss, confusion, communication difficulties and changes in mood and behaviour.

“It aims to help people stay physically active, meet and socialize with others living with dementia, get involved in activities such as ping pong, billiards or other games, and have access to information about dementia and services,” explains Tina Biello, central Island coordinator for Minds in Motion.

Participants, accompanied by a friend, family member or caregiver, enjoy light exercise conducted by a certified fitness instructor, followed by activities or games and social time in a relaxed atmosphere. Light refreshments will be provided.

Minds in Motion runs on Fridays from 1:30 to 3 p.m., from Sept. 7 through Oct. 19 (no session Sept. 21) at Parksville Community Centre. To register, call 250-248-3252 or 250-752-5014.

If space is available, participants are encouraged to drop in and try out a free session prior to registering.

For more information, contact Biello at the Alzheimer Resource Centre toll-free at 1-888-734-4171 or tbiello@alzheimerbc.org.

Minds in Motion is offered in partnership by the Seniors at Risk Integrated Health Network, Oceanside Place and the Alzheimer Society of B.C., and funded through the Vancouver Island Health Authority, Continuing Care Services, and the B.C. Ministry of Health Services.

— Alzheimer Society of B.C.