Enhancing Minds in Motion® as a virtual program delivery model for people living with dementia and their care partners.

Enhancing Minds in Motion® as a virtual program delivery model for people living with dementia and their care partners.

Publication date: Jan 19, 2024

The Alzheimer Society of Ontario’s Minds in Motion (MiM) program improves physical function and well-being of people living with dementia (PLWD) and their care partners (CP) (Regan et al. , 2019). With the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an urgent need to transition to a virtual MiM that was similarly safe and effective. The purpose of this mixed methods study is to describe the standardized, virtual MiM and evaluate its acceptability, and impact on quality of life, and physical and cognitive activity of participants. Survey of ad hoc virtual MiM practices and a literature review informed the design of the standardized MiM program: 8 weeks of weekly 90-minute sessions that included 45-minutes of physical activity and 45-minutes of cognitive stimulation in each session. Participants completed a standardized, virtual MiM at one of 6 participating Alzheimer Societies in Ontario, as well as assessments of quality of life, physical and cognitive activity, and program satisfaction pre- and post-program. In all, 111 PLWD and 90 CP participated in the evaluation (average age of 74. 6+/-9. 4 years, 61. 2% had a college/university degree or greater, 80. 6% were married, 48. 6% of PLWD and 75. 6% of CP were women). No adverse events occurred. MiM participants rated the program highly (average score of 4. 5/5). PLWD reported improved quality of life post-MiM (p =

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Concepts Keywords
Alzheimer Activity
Improved Alzheimer
Ontario Care
University Cognitive
Weekly Dementia
Living
Mim
Minds
Motion
Participants
Partners
Physical
Plwd
Standardized
Virtual

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease MESH dementia
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
disease VO effective
disease IDO quality
disease VO Canada

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