Every 65 seconds someone in the U.S. develops the disease. Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Growing evidence links heart health and brain health. The Y and the Alzheimer’s Association have joined together to create LiveWise™, a program to provide exercise and educational opportunities for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias and their care partners.


LiveWise™ is a program that builds confidence and hope for individuals who are experiencing early stage Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other memory impairments and their care partners.

LiveWise at the YMCA

Over an eight week program you will focus on:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Safe Physical Activities
  • Managing Stress
  • Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Care Partner Support
  • Quality of Life
  • Community Resources
  • Understanding Grief

The eight week program consists of two-hour weekly classes that include 45 minutes of physical activity followed by a one-hour education program covering a wide range of topics. Over the course of the program, individuals and their care partners will begin to build a healthy lifestyle, while learning strategies and techniques to care for both of you during the journey ahead.


A pre-assessment is required. There is no cost to enroll in this program. Please send an email to or call us at 616.855.9642 for more information or to enroll.

Starting July 15, classes will be held Monday from 10 am to noon at the David D. Hunting YMCA.

David D. Hunting YMCA
475 Lake Michigan Drive NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503