Language Enriched Exercise Plus Socialization
LEEPS is an exercise and social outing program for those with memory loss or dementia. Initially, in Wisconsin the program began as a research study in Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Juneau, Lafayette, Richland and Rock Counties. The study was completed on February 28, 2014.
At this time, no new participants are being enrolled in the LEEPS program, however, as the program unfolds statewide, we anticipate continuing enrollment within the year.
As a participant with LEEPS, a person with memory loss works one-on-one with a trained volunteer to:
- Strengthen & improve flexibility through exercise
- Keep their mind active with mental activities
- Get out and spend time doing enjoyable things
- Give back to the community as a volunteer
- Work to improve mood and overall fitness
LEEPS is a program intended for people with memory loss and their caregivers. LEEPS was a research project intended to replicate the successful study performed at the University of Phoenix using the same methods. The study showed people with Alzheimer’s Disease who participated in the program experienced improved physical fitness and mood. The research study was conducted in Crawford, Juneau, Sauk, Richland, Grant, Green, Iowa and Lafayette counties.
Family Caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s Disease also benefited from the LEEPS program by taking advantage of the time the participant spent with the volunteer to rest and refresh, or complete tasks that were easier to do alone.
Truly a unique volunteer opportunity, LEEPS partners volunteers with someone in their community who is experiencing early stages of memory loss. Together they’ll exercise and explore possibilities for meaningful activities to enhance brain and body fitness.
How do I become a participant or a volunteer?
As soon as the LEEPS program is again available in Crawford, Juneau, Richland, and Sauk Counties, we will include that information here, as well as letting people know through other means. To have your name included on a list of possible volunteers to contact, please call us at 1-608-649-5795.