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.

Minds in Motion® is an 8-week program that takes place once a week on Wednesday afternoons (St. Catharines) from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, and Monday afternoons (Port Colborne) from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm. There is no cost for this program, but space is limited so please register at your earliest convenience. Upon registration, you will be contacted by our program facilitator who will provide further details to complete your registration. 

Minds in Motion Program Alternating Series Waitlist Process

Due to the incredible popularity of Minds in Motion, we've introduced an alternating series waitlist process to ensure more individuals can experience the benefits of this transformative program.

Starting January 2024, our waitlist system will rotate series between new registrants and returning participants.
Here's how it works:

Series 1 - NEW FRIENDS receive Priority & Random Name Draw will take place for Returning Participants as space allows.
We'll prioritize new registrants, opening up the program to those eagerly waiting to join us. For returning participants, we're introducing a fair approach. Any remaining spots will be filled through a random name draw. If your name is chosen, our team will reach out to you directly.

Series 2 - RETURNING FRIENDS receive Priority & Remaining Spots are Open to New Participants on a first come first serve basis. 
In the next series, priority will be given to previous attendees who were waitlisted in the previous series. Any spots left will then be open to new participants, ensuring a balance between familiar faces and new friends in each series.

We understand the importance of maintaining the quality and support the Minds in Motion program provides. We appreciate your understanding and enthusiasm for these positive changes.

Thank you for being part of the Minds in Motion community. Your commitment and passion are what makes this program so special.

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, Minds in Motion is made possible through the generous support of 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?

To register for Minds in Motion, please complete our online registration form or call 905-687-3914

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

Minds in Motion

Niagara Region
09 September - 04 November 2024
Port Colborne YMCA: Vale Health and Wellness Centre
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Our Partners

Thank you to Court Holdings Limited for their generous support of the Minds in Motion® program.

For a list of provincial partners, click here.

First Link Learning Series

This 4 week learning series offers an opportunity for family and friends of an individual living with dementia to learn more about dementia, develop caregiving strategies, and become familiar with community resources and supports.

Learn more
Mature students learning in a classroom.