Seniors' Health Division: Dementia Inclusive Exercise Strategies


Event Type: Division Webinar


Start Date: June 2, 2021, 7:00 pm EDT

End Date: June 2, 2021, 8:00 pm EDT

Location: PD Marketplace

Host: Seniors' Health Division

Title: Dementia Inclusive Exercise Strategies

Speaker: Dr. Laura Middleton

Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT

Location: PD Marketplace

Registration Fees: SHD Members – FREE (link in inbox); Other CPA Members - $10; Non-CPA Members - $20


People living with dementia often face considerable personal barriers to exercise (e.g., memory problems, mobility challenges, apathy), which are likely magnified by the stigma of dementia and poor accommodation of their needs. This webinar will provide education and training to people who deliver, or would like to deliver, exercise to people living with dementia. We will review:

  1. Myths and realities about dementia;
  2. How you might identify people living with mild cognitive impairment or dementia in your programs; and
  3. Changes that you can make in your delivery of exercise or in the environment to better accommodate people living with dementia.

Case studies will be used to illustrate recommendations.


To register, or learn more, please click here.


Dr. Laura Middleton is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo and a research scientist at the Schlegel Research Institute for Aging. Her research aims to identify strategies to prevent dementia and promote wellbeing and independence among those living with dementia. She focuses on the influence of lifestyle and, specifically, on the role of exercise alone and in combination with other therapeutic approaches (for example, cognitive training or healthy diet). She partners with people living with dementia, health care professionals, and community service providers to create accessible and effective solutions for people living with dementia in Canadian communities. One recent project (the ‘Dementia-Inclusive Choices for Exercise’ project) aims to increase the quality and quantity of exercise programs accessible to people living with dementia by improving understanding of dementia, decreasing stigma, and promoting use of inclusive practices.