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Council on Aging Executive Director Kristine Shah has announced that the council has received a $7,000 grant to assist with virtual exercise-class offerings to support those living with dementia in Arlington.

The funds from The I'm Still Here Foundation offer a variety of programs to residents living with dementia and their caregivers through a virtual platform. These programs will run for one year and start with yoga and general exercise before advancing to different levels of cardiovascular exercise, stretching and meditation.

As part of the program, the council will train and educate instructors on dementia-related topics to best accommodate the needs of those with the memory-impaired and caretakers. The programs aim to be inclusive and accessible, allowing participants to choose their level of difficulty and have fun while exercising with a member of their family or other caretakers.

Classes begin in August and run through July 2022.

"We are excited to begin this new exercise program and help bring residents together in a virtual, healthy and inclusive setting," Shah said in a June 2 news release. "Thank you to The I'm Still Here Foundation for their generous donation. Throughout this process, we have used their core values to help us achieve our goals for our residents living with dementia."

The I'm Still Here Foundation's mission is to sponsor and support community engagement for people living with dementia based on their principles of non-pharmacological treatment. To learn more about the Foundation and its goals, visit its website >>

This news announcement was published Thursday, June 10, 2021.