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Minds in Motion Coordinator with the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County - Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County

Apr 12, 2024
Barrie, Ontario

Minds in Motion® is a community-based social program that incorporates physical and mental stimulation for people with early to mid-stage signs of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and their care partners. This eight-week program, delivered once weekly, is comprised of up to one hour of physical activity and one hour of mentally stimulating activity (therapeutic recreation) in a social environment.

The program is delivered at municipal recreation centers, Older Adult Centers or similar multi-service centers to help normalize the experience for participants and to facilitate sustainability. The Minds in Motion® Coordinator is responsible for partnership engagement necessary for local program delivery. The Minds in Motion® Coordinator is responsible for the delivery of the weekly program which includes facilitating the social recreational and exercise components of the program. The Coordinator is also responsible for fostering and maintaining partnerships to support the delivery of community-based social recreation services across Simcoe County which involve music and art programming, and in partnership with the employee responsible for volunteer resources coordination at the Society, will support screening, training and supervising volunteers and post-secondary student learners who are supporting program delivery. Overall, the Coordinator is passionate about working with older adults and is responsible for delivering the program as designed while facilitating a welcoming, stigma-free and fun-filled environment.


  1. Development and management of partnerships with community recreation centers, Older Adult Centers or similar multi-service centers in which Minds in Motion® will be delivered across Simcoe County.
  2. Facilitation screening and access to the weekly program sessions.
  3. Plan and conduct the physical activity component of the program and assist individual participants to engage based on their individual capabilities.
  4. Facilitation of the therapeutic recreational component of the program or, where therapeutic recreation volunteers or post-secondary student learners are present, co-facilitate or supervise the volunteer or student.
  5. Support information and referral to available services, supports and activities in the community or internally across Society programs, as needed and/or requested by participants.
  6. Facilitate social networking and relationship building among participants, and support linkages to enable participant involvement in additional physical and/or community recreational opportunities in the community as appropriate/applicable.
  7. Management of participant access based on eligibility criteria, the program model and capacity.
  8. Participation in the screening, training, supervision and debriefing of volunteers and post-secondary student placements supporting the program.
  9. Collection of information (e.g., attendance, evaluation) as required, to support the evaluation and reporting of program effectiveness and achievement of outcomes and as required by funders.
  10. Participation in the Minds in Motion® Community of Practice/Discussion Forum and regularly scheduled meetings of Minds in Motion® Coordinators and the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.

Education and Training Requirements:

Completion of post-secondary education in community recreation or therapeutic recreation studies; or
  • Completion of post-secondary education in social work, gerontology or related studies within the social services, or
  • Registered Kinesiologist

Completion of the training provided by the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging is required.

Participation in the training provided by the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County:

  • Dementia specific education, including education around early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
  • Minds in Motion® program and evaluation overview
  • Therapeutic Recreation program framework and curriculum overview
  • Senior's fitness training


  • A minimum of two years working with older adults, preferably those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and/or complex and co-existing health and psycho-social issues.
  • A minimum of two years facilitating groups comprised of diverse individuals with complex needs, preferably in a social and/or therapeutic recreational setting.
  • Experience with providing information and referral to a variety of formal and informal community services and supports.
  • Demonstrated success developing and maintaining effective working relationships with community partners.
  • History of working with and supporting/supervising unpaid personnel (volunteers and/or student placements) within a program environment.


  • Knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, including early to mid-stage dementia, is required
  • Knowledge of the local Alzheimer Societies’ programs, services and internal referral processes is required
  • Familiarity with and commitment to a person-centered approach to service delivery
  • Knowledge of local community resources and strategies for facilitating linkages
  • Ability to effectively resolve conflict which may include the presence of aggressive verbal or physical behaviours
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Strong written, verbal and listening skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability in relation to program planning and delivery
  • Ability to lead and work as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent organizational, planning and time management skills, including the ability to multi-task
  • High degree of professionalism and integrity
  • Ability to use discretion, judgment and tact in handling sensitive or confidential information or situations
  • Competency with Microsoft Office suite, NesdaTrak or Alayacare (client database)

Professional Licensure/Affiliations/Memberships/Certificates

  • Valid First Aid and CPR certification
  • Certification as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist is considered as asset
  • Membership with Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO) is considered an asset

Other Requirements

  • A current, valid driver’s license and use of a reliable vehicle
  • A police records check for vulnerable persons

Working Conditions

  • While not the norm, program participants may exhibit unpredictable behaviour that could include verbal and/or physical response.
  • Disruption in concentration may occur due to location, nature of the program and number of participants with varying and complex needs.
  • Stressful situations may occur as the result of handling multiple, concurrent issues while ensuring the safety, comfort and complex needs of the group are being met.
  • Transferring of program equipment and supplies requires the ability to lift up to 25 pounds. Due to the need to transport materials, equipment and confidential client information (e.g., pre and post assessments, evaluation feedback, etc.), reliable and appropriate access to transportation is required.


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