YMCA of East Tennessee

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Wellness Program

The Y will implement a program, now being piloted, at all five of their branches that will focus on improving the health of those with Alzheimer’s (particularly early-onset), dementia, and other neurological diseases. Exercise has a direct, measurable benefit both in prevention as well as slowing the progression of these diseases. Specialized equipment and training will be offered. An exercise program has been developed where participants work out four times per week, emphasizing balance, agility, cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, and cognitive exercise to help a growing group of people improve their lives and quality of life. Supporting classes and support groups for caregivers and families will also be offered.