Northwood now offers a dementia friendly Fitness Centre
The re-opening of the Pauline Potter Community Fitness Centre in March, 2016 heralded a new vision for the active and healthy living that also embraced those who may struggling with dementia. Northwood now offers the first gym in North America to feature a dementia-friendly design! The new space shows Northwood’s commitment to innovation, as it is also wheelchair accessible, accessible to people with vision problems and offers safe air resistance weights.
According to recent studies, physical activity slows down the deterioration process associated with dementia. Regular gyms are often not geared to seniors with challenges and can be frighten to those dealing with dementia as well. Now, they have a safe place they can go to exercise and stay healthy.
Some other elements that make a space dementia friendly include:
- Staff who are trained and certified in dementia care courses and dementia-friendly fitness classes.
- Contrasting colours that make it easier to distinguish elements of a room.
- Natural and artificial lighting and easy navigation.
- Open concept layout that allows members to easily go from one machine to the next.
- Pictures and descriptions of how to use each piece of equipment.
Although the new design was created to help dementia patients specifically, the fitness centre is still a place where staff, residents, and community members can come together to reach their fitness goals.
Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Membership is $20 monthly plus tax and includes a one-hour orientation and a personal fitness plan.