Minds in Motion Volunteer

(Alzheimer Society of Durham Region)

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Position ID: V-OSH0488
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022
Last Full Update: 18 Aug 2022

Opportunity Details: Minds in Motion Volunteer

Contact Dianne Greaves, Volunteer Coordinator, Alzheimer Society of Durham; Phone: 905-576-2567 ext 5245; Email: dgreaves@alzheimerdurham.com

A community based program that provides both mental and physical stimulation for persons with early to mid-stage dementia who are accompanied by their care partners * Minds in Motion focuses on improving physical and cognitive functioning while reducing feelings of isolation by offering recreational activities designed to be socially engaging * under the direction of the Exercise Facilitator the volunteer will monitor participants during the 60 minute exercise session  * contibute to planning, coordination and leading of a 60 minute mentally/socially stimulating activity designed to meet the needs of older adults and person with dementia and their care partners  * assist with room and activity preparation, including set up/take down and sanitization * promote a fun, safe and inclusive social enviornment conducive to group cohesion and relationship building * promote social interaction and participation by providing positive verbal support and encouragment

Benefits Joining a welcoming and dynamic Alzheimer Society of Durham community * knowledge that you are playing an integral role in helping those who struggle to cope with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias * sense of satisfaction and fulfillment * gain knowledge regarding Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias
Clients Persons living with mid-stage dementia and their care partners
Ages 18 year(s) and up
Suitable for Highschool Credit Hours No
Suitable For Adults (18+) ; Men ; Women
Areas of Interest Physical Fitness & Exercise ; Senior's Activity Support ; Support Group Facilitation
Skills/Experience Communication & Interpersonal Skills - experience communicating and engaging older adults or people living with dementia ; Confidentiality ; Creativity - comfortable with assisting with a craft project during the program ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Elder Care - General understanding of the needs of older adults ; Friendly & Outgoing - encouraging participants to join in the activities ; Leadership ; Listening Skills ; Patience - interacting with people with dementia ; Planning & Organizing - along with the staff assist with planning the weekly social activity ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Team Work ; May require up to two hours of standing and moving
Commitment Length Short Term - Minimum commitment of 8 weeks ; Each Session is run 8 weeks at a time. Programs are run throughout the year so longer term commitment would be appreciated
Interaction Level Small Group - 12 - 15 people attending
Minimum Hours 2 / Week
Dates and Times Wednesday: Morning (10:00 - 12:00)
Seasons Fall - September 28 - November 16
Accessibility Fully Accessible ; Designated parking at entrance ; Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Group meets in a Community Centre
Location Ajax Community Centre - 75 Centennial Rd, Ajax - Commodores Room
Number of Positions Ajax 
3 individual(s) needed in total.
Training Orientation ; Training is provided
Transportation Near public transit
Police Check Required
Start Date On or before 28 Sep 2022
End Date 16 Nov 2022

Agency Details: Alzheimer Society of Durham Region

Office Phone 905-576-2567
Toll Free Phone 1-888-301-1106
Fax 905-576-2033
E-Mail information@alzheimerdurham.com
Website www.alzheimer.ca/durham
Address & Map
1600 Stellar Dr
Ste 202
Whitby, ON
Canada L1N 9B2
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Mailing Address 1600 Stellar Dr 
Ste 202 
Whitby, ON 
Canada L1N 9B2

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