Fit Minds® Cognitive Care Program
At Retire-At-Home, high quality, customizable care has always been our top priority. That’s why we’ve partnered with Fit Minds® to bring you a cognitive care plan that addresses both the emotional and physical health of our clients.
Through our partnership, we’ve developed a new, innovative approach to brain fitness. Our cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) programs reduce the risk of cognitive impairments caused by Alzheimer’s and dementia, and promotes higher mental activity, which slows the progression of the disease.
What Is Fit Minds®?
Based on the science of neuroplasticity, Fit Minds® is a customizable CST program designed for individuals with degenerative neurological diseases. The program fosters a healthier mind by covering all five areas of cognition through interactive brain exercises, which build cognitive reserve and stretch cognitive capacity.
Fit Minds® promotes brain health in both healthy people and people with dementia.
Benefits To Our Clients
The Fit Minds® programs cover all five areas of cognition, including: language and music, visual/spatial orientation, memory, critical thinking, and computation. In addition, the difficult behaviours caused by Alzheimer’s or dementia are addressed.
Delivered by a certified caregiver, this program improves cognitive ability and quality of life through non-pharmacological means. Our caregivers provide ongoing assessments, which track the clients’ progress and help the caregivers develop session plans as needs and preferences change.
Fit Minds Programs
Interact® Individual Program – Person-Centered Care
The Interact® Individual program is a cognitive stimulation therapy program for people suffering with a degenerative neurological disease. The goal of the Interact® Individual program is to slow the progression of the disease, while allowing the individual to maintain a high quality of life.
Each session includes activities in the five areas of cognition and are completely customizable to the client’s interests and abilities.
The session materials can be accessed through an online portal, printed off, and used during their session. The program is lead by a certified Fit Minds® Cognitive Coach and is available in both English and French.
Stay Sharp™ Program – Keep Engaged Stay Sharp™
This CST group program is designed for retirement communities and active professionals who wish to remain social while building brain health.
The program includes:
- a new session plan and download activities every week (52 in the year);
- a brain health lifestyle® challenge every week to encourage the adoption of a brain health lifestyle;
- a kit (customized cards and tote bag); and
- ongoing access to training portal for an unlimited number of staff.
Delivered in a group setting, Stay Sharp™ builds community by encouraging human interaction. The program is currently available in English and French.
Interact® Group Program – Build Connections
The Interact® Group program is a group cognitive stimulation therapy program for seniors suffering from dementia who reside in assisted living or long term care facilities.
The program includes:
- four new session plans and activity downloads per week (two of the session plans are aimed at mild to moderate cognitive impairments [Empowerment sessions] and the other two are aimed at moderate to severe cognitive impairments [Maintenance sessions]);
- a kit (customized cards, game boards and tote bag;
- ongoing access to training portal for unlimited number of staff.
The Interact Group program reduces anxiety and depression by fostering human interaction through a social setting.