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Stretching exercise routine for the elderly

Soothing the Soul

Thanks to a generous grant on behalf of the Waugh Family Foundation, clients and caregivers of Circle of Care’s Day Centre for Seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia will soon be able to experience the benefits of yoga and meditation as part of the centre’s regular programming.

Recent research suggests that yoga and meditation can have a positive impact on quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, as well as their caregivers. Touted for stimulating parts of the brain and reducing stress, yoga and meditation are said to be especially helpful for people in the early stages of the disease, as the new realities of memory loss begin to set in. Further, caregivers who take the time to de-stress by participating in yoga are reported to be better able to provide care for their loved ones.

Funding will also be used to provide in-home respite care to provide caregivers with the opportunity to attend the program.

This story is featured in Circle of Care’s Annual Report 2016-2017.