Exercise Your Brain!

Numerous scientific studies demonstrate that physical exercise is extremely effective in maintaining healthy brain function as one ages. Music is a known memory trigger; while studies show dance trumps all others forms of physical activity in terms of staving off cognitive decline as we age.

The Body, Mind, and Movement Program for Brain Fitness incorporates a wide variety of brain-stimulating activities in every class. Each class combines aerobic dance with the memory-triggering power of music, all the while, challenging the brain with new tasks of perception and coordination. This unique synergy of music, movement patterns, and cognitive exercise is designed to stimulate blood flow to the brain, strengthen communication between the right and left brain hemispheres, and flood the body with natural, exercise-induced hormones, elevating mood and stimulating cognitive function.

Equally important is the social aspect of the program. Laughter has been studied extensively for its positive effect on stress reduction and memory enhancement. For many participants the Body, Mind, and Movement Program is about the friendship, joy, and laughter that fills every class. The class is designed for both caregivers and receivers alike. Whether you simply wish to keep your own brain tuned up, or are accompanying a loved one with early- to mid-dementia symptoms, the program is equally accessible, enjoyable, and valuable for all.


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Jill’s Background

  • Geriatric Certificate Program – McMaster University
  • Dignity and Vitality in Dementia Study – Research Lead
  • Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Minds in Motion – Physical Activity Lead
  • NCCP – [FMS] Fundamental Movement Skills
  • CCAA – SFIC Certified
  • Canfitpro – FIS Certified
  • Royal Academy of Dance – Trained
  • Canadian Falls Prevention – Trained
  • Osteoporosis Society – BoneFit® Certified
  • Dancing with Parkinson’s – Trained Instructor

Dance Programs for Alzheimer’s, MCI, dementia, MS, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, and other neurodegenerative conditions


At work in a Body, Mind, and Movement Program™  Class

At work in a Body, Mind, and Movement Program class

Canadian dance instructor, Jill Simpson, is the developer of the Body, Mind,and Movement Program for Brian Fitness and the director of Dancing with disAbility

“The more I found out about the latest dementia research, the more I kept thinking about my dad, who had dementia, and how I might have used what I had learned to help him deal his disease and continue to lead a happy and fulfilling life. My dad might not be here anymore, but there are so many others in a similar situation that could benefit greatly from what we now know about physical activity, dance, and their affect on the brain. I just knew I had to do something to improve the quality of their lives.”

“From the dementia research study came the realization that, as a  dancer and a professional fitness instructor, I was in a unique position to combine four of the most powerful tools for staving off cognitive decline: music, dance, aerobic activity, and cognitive challenge, into a single program, not only for those with early- to mid-dementia, but for the general population who simply wanted to keep their brains tuned up.”

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