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Celebrating our successes!

  • (Pictured above): When it comes to health and fitness inspiration, senior citizens might not be the first group of folks that come to mind.  However there are a lot of older adults out there defying the odds and inspiring us with their strength, determination and positivity. David 96, Molly 86 and Harm 83 all completed the SMART exercise training which consisted of 36 hours of education and practical training last February. Since that day they have covered numerous classes for VON and in addition t they have also participated in over 100 exercise classes since last November. These individuals are each living proof that age is nothing but a number. - VON Guelph Wellington
  • One of my participants can do almost 20 mins of standing exercise at class now, where before could barely stand for any of it. - CSC GEF 
  • When my One to One client started sessions they struggled through 4 sit to stands; now they can confidently do 20! - CSC GEF


CSC Waterloo Region News

From Jenn McDonald
We are pleased to share a document with our SMART trained exercise volunteers and staff - it is an Exercise Resource Manual which compiles all of our most recent info on everything from balls, modifications and seated options to boundaries and having difficult conversations. Also included are many photo images and links to videos of the movements. It will get updated regularly, and as we do we will share the link with you all. You can access it at the link above or HERE. If you have any input or feedback please we would love to hear from you, email Jenn (  
"Thank you for helping me continue and encouraging me to do the exercises. Even though the pain is still erratic at times it is better. I know I walk better since starting the exercises. I just feels good to do these movements and I feel I will improve more."
- Stand Up to Falls OA client, after 6 weeks
Click below for a list of where you can find all of the:
Exercise classes
Stand Up to Falls sessions

Stand Up to Falls for Osteoarthritis (OA)

Stand Up to Falls for Osteoarthritis is a referral-based program specifically designed with the functional approach to an exercise circuit for those with hip/knee Osteoarthritis. Participants will use the theraband for lower body strengthening, core stability, and stair climbing/chair stands. The program includes participants practicing transitions from the floor to a chair and is progressive and individualized based on participant needs. 
We are offering it to clients 2x/week for 6 weeks, free of charge. We have secured a program location in Kitchener and continue to register clients as we receive referrals.

We will accept all levels of participants provided they have hip/knee OA. Faxing us the form HERE or continuing to use Caredove for referrals from registered health care professionals works great.
Our next CSC GEF Meetings are: 

Friday August 30th, 2019
315 - 430 PM
at Community Support Connections
61 Woolwich Street North, Breslau

Client Safety Tip for August

Summer food safety
The risk of food poisoning increases during the summer because harmful bacteria grow quickly in warm, moist conditions. Always remember to keep food out of the temperature danger zone of 4°C to 60°C (40°F to 140°F). Harmful bacteria can grow in as little as two hours in this temperature range. Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood separate from other foods to avoid spreading harmful bacteria. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, before and after handling food.   
Food safety is especially important for Meals on Wheels clients. Clients are encouraged to enjoy their hot meal upon delivery, and volunteers should never leave a meal outside on a doorstep or unattended. If clients would like to eat their meal at a later time, they should place it in the refrigerator and ensure that the meal is consumed within two days. Meals that have been in the fridge longer than two days should be thrown out.
Ongoing Education opportunities:
Nutrition and Physical Activity survey
Are you interested in exercise and nutrition? Heather Keller, Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition and Aging, and Laura Middleton, RIA Research Scientist, are conducting a food, nutrition, and physical activity survey to design wellness programs for older adults with memory changes and their family/friend care partners.
If you are a community-dwelling older adult with memory changes, or a care partner, you are eligible to participate. 
Complete the short survey online at
FREE online Parkinson's Program
This  introductory 8-module online educational series is for caregivers (i.e. nurses, personal support workers, allied health professionals) who provide care to individuals living with moderate to severe Parkinson’s disease (PD). The target audience is caregivers working in community settings e.g. home health care, retirement homes, long-term care homes, and hospitals, caring for those living with Parkinson’s disease.
Once completing the program, a formal certificate is issued - click the link below for more info:

VON Guelph Wellington News:  

From Kelly Gee

VON News:

Message of the month:
"Add persistence to patience, you get perseverance. Multiply perseverance, you get success." (Manuela George-Lzunwa)
VON simply could not run without the dedicated help from our volunteers. Volunteers are kind, compassionate individuals who give their time selflessly with no ulterior motives. These truly amazing individuals do not work for money, they work for the pure satisfaction of giving without expecting anything in return. VON is grateful you for the contribution our volunteers have made for this organization. To show our appreciation we will be hosting our annual appreciation dinner on Thursday September 12, 2019 at the Wellington County Museum and Archives. We hope to see all of our wonderful volunteers at this event.

Our 50 class challenge continues until November 2019. If a person completes one class per week they will complete this challenge by November, if they exercise twice per week they will complete this challenge in 6 months, if they exercise 4 times per week they will complete it in 3 months and if they exercise 5 times or more they can complete this challenge in a couple of months. Right now we have over 150 people that have participated in 50 or more classes since November. Way to go SMART participants!

Next  VON GEF Meetings:
North Wellington Wednesday Sept 4th – 11:30pm  - VON office, 392 Main St. North Mount Forest
Guelph Thursday Sep 5th  - 12:00 pm  - St. Joes Apts. 401 Edinburgh Rd. North, Guelph

No SMART Exercise classes on Monday August 5th (Civic Holiday)

For more information about the SMART Exercise and Fall Prevention Program in Wellington County, check out our website at!

As you may already be aware, the Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County provides free legal services for low income residents in the Guelph and Wellington County.  The Legal Clinic has initiated a Law Van Project in which they are visiting different communities throughout Guelph and Wellington so that they can connect clients with the best law services in the county.  The Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington provides free legal services for seniors who are interested in estate planning or need advice on a civil legal matter including the following; Tenants rights, Family Law, Unemployment benefits and Social Security disability benefits. When legal troubles arise for older adults, their best chance of success is to proceed with an attorney’s advice and/or representation.  Older adults shouldn’t be denied the benefit of an attorney just because you they afford one.  Check out the VAN schedule on the attached PDF or Contact them:
Guelph Office: 519-821-2100 / 1-800-628-9205


Click on the links HERE for video demonstrations of all of our SMART Gentle Exercise components.
See these video links of our standing and seated options for our SMART Routine.

If there are questions regarding safety of SMART exercises, exercise ideas, etc., from CSC contact Caitlin MacLean (Registered Kinesiologist) or Leigh Bouchard (Registered Kinesiologist)

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