Minds in Motion®


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What is Minds in Motion?

A community-based program that combines physical activity led by a City of Ottawa fitness instructor followed by mental and social stimulation for individuals with dementia and their care partners.

The participants

•  Minds in Motion participants have early to mid-stage dementia and are accompanied by their care partners.
•  A maximum of 10 pairs, enrolled in each eight-week program.
•  Free of charge .

The program

The 2-hour program runs once a week, for 8 weeks, in a community-based program centre and offers:
•  One hour of physical activities (which you can do at your own pace).
•  Fun social activities focused on building personal skills.

Participant Testimonials


“I find [my spouse] is more responsive when we are home after Minds In Motion.” – Doug (Caregiver of spouse)

“Excellent program, I’d recommend it to anybody!” – Jack (Person with dementia)

The program benefits

For the person with dementia:
•  Improved balance, mobility, flexibility and alertness
•  Increased confidence and comfort with their own circumstance.

For the care partners, it’s an opportunity to focus on their own health, rather than focusing on the needs of the person with dementia. Other benefits include:
•  Seeing the person they are caring for enjoying themselves.
•  Mutual support and learning from other care partners.

Together, the participating pair can benefit from:
•  Sharpened mental functioning, sometimes lasting 2-3 days
•  Reduced sense of isolation.


This program aims to improve social connectedness and maximize quality of life and health for all participants.

Program Requirements

For the person with dementia:

  •  You’re living with early to mid-stages of dementia.
  •  You’ll be able to follow instructions from the fitness instructor and program coordinator. Instructions can be repeated and caregivers and volunteers are there to  provide support.

For both the person with dementia and the caregiver:

  • You’ll be able to take part in a one-hour group exercise class involving sitting, standing and walking exercises that can be done at your own pace. This can include doing the entire class from a seated position.
  • You enjoy trying new activities.
  • You’re comfortable in a group setting (approximately 25 people) and enjoy meeting new people and spending time with others.
  • You like to have fun!


$45 per pair; Limited to 10 pairs per session. To register click online click here.

*If you have any questions or concerns about program eligibility, please contact the program coordinator at 613-270-1156 or mindsinmotion@asorc.org.

Brain Health

The human brain plays a role in every action and every thought, and just like the rest of your body, it needs to be looked after. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease nor can its progression be reversed. A healthy brain lifestyle however has the potential to decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and may slow the disease progression. Minds in Motion specifically focuses on the benefit of physical activity, mental stimulation and social engagement. Did you know:
•  In older adults without Alzheimer’s disease, those who were very physically active were 40% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who were inactive.
•  Laughter is one of the most economical and effective stress-relievers, expanding blood vessels and nourishing cells with nutrients and oxygen.
•  The word dementia is a general term that refers to many different diseases. Different types of dementia are caused by different physical changes to the brain. Regardless of the type of dementia, an early diagnosis will mean early access to support, information, and available treatment options.

Our Funders and Partners

Initial funding for Minds in Motion® was provided by Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario and the Community Foundation of Ottawa. Generous funding is also provided by private individual donors. Minds in Motion is delivered in partnership with the City of Ottawa Parks and Recreation.

Learn why local supporters are supporting the Alzheimer Society to keep Minds in Motion.


Volunteer Testimonial