7:30 a.m., April 24)
Fit Minds program
By Fred Sherwin
Minds trainer Mary Murphy leads residents
at the Portobello Manor retirement community
through a warm up exercise before the begin
the program. Fred Sherwin/Photo
been a long held belief that the more active you are,
the more healthy you will be and the better chance you
will have of living a long and productive life.
staying physically active is only part of the secret to
longevity. Keeping your mind active is equally as important,
if not more so.
have proven that people who exercise their brains have
a better chance of preventing brain disease such as dimentia
and Alzheimers than people who do not.
healthy brain requires proper nutrition; an active lifestyle;
socialization; and mental stimulation. Together these
factors develop your brain's cognitive resilience and
reduce your risk of dementia and Alzheimers by as much
as 46 per cent.
recent studies have shown that it is never too late to
exercise your brain, which is why more and more retirement
communities are introducing cognitive training programs
based on neuroplascity, which is the ability for the brain
to continue to develop throughout one's life.
Manor in Fallingbrook is one such community. They introduced
the Fit Minds program for residents living with dementia
and Alzheimers disease some time ago. They are now extending
the program to all their residents.
to 50 residents were introduced to the program on Tuesday.
They went through a number of exercises that encouraged
them to socialize with other residents about events that
took place in their lives; they tackled several word puzzles
and they thought their way through several visual spatial
the exercises encouraged the residents to use their brain.
Future sessions will be limited to five or six people,
but their will be more of them.
marketing manager Marise Bellavance says the residence
is constantaly exploring methods and programs to enhance
the health and well-being of its residents. The Fit Minds
program is just another one of those programs.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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