Program for seniors runs for three months
April 8, 2015
The Healthy Aging in Place team was active during the winter months completing the second wave of data collection and planning the final details for implementing the group exercise program in Watrous, Young and Wolseley.
The work is part of SPHERU’s Improving Rural Seniors’ Mobility and Social Interaction through Intervention Research, the first phase of our group grant.
The community-based exercise program is designed for rural older adults to support mobility and enhance social interaction. A total of 54 participants and nine peer leaders (totalling 63 volunteers in all) from the three communities began group exercise classes the week of February 23. Peer leaders were trained in January by Forever….in motion program staff from the Saskatoon and Regina Qu’Appelle Health Regions.
The first exercise class for Watrous and Young was attended by Dr. Bonnie Jeffery; Project Coordinator Jeffrey Walters attended the first class in Wolseley. There was much excitement and positive energy in the air at all three locations.
The three-month exercise program will be completed the week of May 11, while the second and third waves of data collection will be completed in late May and late August. The information being collected includes several measures of mobility, assessment of level of social interaction and participant feedback on the strengths and challenges of the program in their community.