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Combination Fitness Class with Caregiver Education on Oct. 9 is next in new Dementia Friendly series
POSTED: 09/18/2015
A Combination Fitness Class with Caregiver Education is the next entry in a new Dementia Friendly series of programs being introduced by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District this fall.

This program is being presented in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association of Kansas City on Friday, Oct. 9.

“Knowing that exercise has positive effects on the brain, I wanted to offer a special class fitness class for this population,” said Roeland Park 50 Plus Coordinator Lisa Scharnak. “The Alzheimer’s Association thought that would be a great opportunity to give caregiver education classes in the next room while the participants were getting in a dose of fitness!”

The idea behind this session is that many caregivers find it difficult to attend education classes and support groups because they do not want to leave their loved one with memory loss at home alone. So for this program, a fitness class for the person with memory-loss running will take place simultaneously with an education class for caregivers which will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. This fitness program will move at pace appropriate for participants and ensure fitness routines are simple, yet effective.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under enrichment & special interests. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “networking.”

This program will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The cost for six one-hour sessions is $30 per person for Johnson County residents or $33 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 30166.

The next and final dementia friendly program set for this fell is a Social Outing to Wayside Waifs to tour the no-kill animal shelter on Nov. 17. For more information about this program, search for barcode 30167.

JCPRD’s Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

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