Minds in Motion


Minds in Motion® is a physical activity and brain stimulation program for people with dementia and their care partners, delivered in partnership with the YMCA of St. Catharines.

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Please complete our registration form or call 905-687-3914 to register.

The Minds in Motion® Program runs for 8 weeks for 1 session per week each Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm. Space is limited to 22 participants (11 individuals living with cognitive change and 11 care partners). There is no cost for this program. Participants are welcome to join at any point during the 8 weeks.

Give your mind and body a boost!

Minds in Motion® is a community-based social program that incorporates physical activity and mental stimulation for people with early to mid-stage signs of dementia and their care partners. In Niagara the program is run at the St. Catharines YMCA with support from Court Holdings Limited.

Who can participate?

Individuals concerned about their memory, individuals living with cognitive change or dementia and their care partners are welcome to attend!

Participants must be able to engage independently in the program or be accompanied by a care partner.  Please note this is not a respite program and staff are unable to provide personal care support, physical or medical assistance, and are not able to prevent participants from leaving the venue.  If you require respite services contact our office at 905-687-3914 and we will be happy to help you explore your options.

How do I register?

Pre-register online for our in-person Minds in Motion program

Why join the program?

Here is what participants had to say:

“Excellent program - great people, got me out of the house and got a lot of information and communication with other people. I felt more comfortable being here a second time, saw an improvement in my mother - she smiled often!”
“Should have on repeat all year long”
“The meaningful activity portion of the program is an excellent concept for mental stimulation, positive encouragement [and] promoting self esteem. My relative really enjoyed the interaction and social aspect with the other participants.”
“I already requested to be in the next MiM program, good job by all involved”

Benefits for the person living with dementia

  • Improved balance, mobility, flexibility, and alertness
  • Increased confidence, and comfort with their own circumstance
  • Mutual support from others facing similar experiences
  • Sharpened mental functioning, sometimes lasting 2-3 days.
  • Increased sense of social participation

Benefits for care partners

  • Focus on your own health, while having fun with your partner
  • Seeing the person they are caring for enjoying themselves
  • Mutual support and learning from other care partners
  • Sharpened mental functioning, sometimes lasting 2-3 days.
  • Increased sense of social participation

Upcoming Sessions

Our Partners

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Thank you to YMCA of Niagara for supporting the Minds in Motion® program in the Niagara Region.

Thank you to Court Holdings Limited for their generous support of this program.

For a list of provincial partners, click here.

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