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  CSC Waterloo Region News       
From Jenn McDonald

Greetings from the exercise team at Community Support Connections. We are wondering if you are missing exercise classes as much as we are? 
The safety of our clients (and volunteers and staff) continue to be top priority for us, so group classes will remain closed at this time. 

We have received lots of feedback that the longer our period of isolation continues, more clients are seeking out alternative resources such as online exercise programs. As we aim to keep our clients safe, mentally and physically healthy, and injury-free, we understand the need to keep active. We do however caution the use of the exercises in some online videos as they are often outdated and not necessarily geared to seniors meaning a greater risk of unintentionally injury from performing unsafe movements.
Our SMART™ programs were developed with everyone in mind, regardless of their health condition. Our Kinesiologists continue to assess the program movements as new research is developed. We train our instructors in client safety and endeavor to make our participants self-aware during class.
Our staff exercise team have been exploring what offering some virtual video SMART™ classes could look like for our exercise participants. We have been careful to consider all of the risks involved and we have designed a process that would allow exercise clients who are interested to participate in an online SMART™ gentle exercise class. We are happy to share this resource with our exercise community as we are truly missing interacting with our participants!
If you would like to participate in a virtual SMART™ gentle exercise class with Community Support Connections simply click either of the links below, and one of our staff Kinesiologists will schedule a time to chat with you:
Wishing you good mental and physical health, we hope to see you soon!

Links to our in-home exercises: 

In-home exercises (from March 19)
In-home exercises version 2 (from March 31)
Bingo challenge (from April 17)
prize for clients who bring a completed full card to class once classes resume 

Client Safety Tip of the Month:

Fraud Prevention

Fraud is the number one crime against older Canadians. Though people of all ages can be victims of fraud, older people get targeted more than others. To prevent fraud, never give out your credit card, bank account, or personal information to someone over the phone, at the door, or over the Internet unless you know the person or organization you are dealing with, or you made the contact. Always be suspicious if someone you don't know asks you to send them money or a cheque, and give yourself time to think it over before hiring someone to have work done on your home, ask for proof of identity and references and check them. For more helpful tips, please click here.

Our next CSC GEF Meetings are: 

Hopefully soon!
at Community Support Connections
61 Woolwich Street North, Breslau

Sharing feedback from our in-home exercises:
  • "I am truly missing our exercise classes. Really looking forward to getting back into the “new” normal, whatever that is going to be...I have been to a good number of classes at different locations that you offer and all of the instructors are AMAZING!   
    Thank you so much for keeping in touch with us. It means a lot. Hoping to see all of you in the not too distant future. Take good care and be safe."
  • "Thank you very much for sending these.  We miss the classes and it is important to keep a routine and have some form of exercise during these stressful times. I have been trying to do these every couple of days."
    "Thanks for taking the time to forward more of the in home exercise program. It is so great being able to carry on the program from home. Of course it is not the same without our instructor and the comradery of the wonderful group that we have but hopefully we will all be able to reconnect again!"
  • "Thank you. i have been using the first set you sent but need more to challenge me. I added 5 pound weights to make it more of a challenge."
  • "Thank you so much. Greatly appreciate these exercises. Am really missing attending the classes daily, the instructors and friends I've made."
Send us articles or readings of interest if you'd like to share them!

Exercise Resource manual link here!

Video: 6 Steps to prevent a fall

Webinar- Exercise your age: optimized training for every decade of life

Article: Does coffee dehydrate you?
VON Client Success stories:
  • "What a wonderful idea. It brought a sense of normalcy to our otherwise abnormal existence AND the exercise was much needed. Thank you for coordinating this idea and please tell the instructor how much I appreciate her for what she does for our community."
  • "That was great so happy to be doing classes again. Really enjoyed the class and hope it will continue."
  • "Please pass along to the instructor how much I enjoyed and appreciated her Zoom class today. She is such an important part of our community so it was lovely to see her and spend an hour with her!"
  • "We were thrilled to be able to exercise at home during time of COVID.  Another first during these strange times."

VON Guelph Wellington News:  

From Kelly Gee

VON News:

It’s true that for many people, COVID-19 can present itself as a mild illness or cold — a cough, a fever and breathlessness.
But for people over age 60 or people with other health conditions like diabetes or cancer, COVID-19 can have serious complications.
According to Statistics Canada, more than 6.5 million people in Canada are over age 65, and millions of Canadians live with conditions that make them more vulnerable to illness.
For these members of our communities, catching COVID-19 might mean very serious illness, hospitalization and even death.
If you get sick, even though it might not be serious, who might you pass the infection to?
It is important we all continue to work to reduce the spread of the virus so that we can protect these people — our parents, grandparents, neighbours and friends.
She says that by practicing these habits, we can protect others from COVID-19 much in the same way we protect ourselves.

Stay home / physically distance from others when you must go out

By physical distancing, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This means reducing our number of close contacts to those who we live with, and keeping a physical distance of 2 metres from others when you must go out. Avoid non-essential trips out of the home. Go out for groceries once per week.

Remind older adults to stay home

It’s important to remind our older adult contacts that this virus continues to be a danger to them. We can help by offering to drop off groceries and essential items to their porch, or reminding them of the vulnerable person shopping hours at local grocery stores.

Check-in on relatives and neighbours

With life and routines disrupted, we are all at-risk for loneliness, and this is especially true for older adults. Give them a call, a FaceTime or send a card to let them know you are thinking of them.

If you are a caregiver:
If you are a caregiver to an older adult and thus continue to be in close contact, it’s important that you follow the tips below to help them stay safe.
Clean your hands
Our hands often carry viruses and bacteria to a virus’s port of entry – your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash every surface of your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. Keep your hands away from your face.
Practice “respiratory hygiene”
Cover your cough. Do the sleeve sneeze. Cough or sneeze into a tissue (then throw that tissue out and wash your hands.)
Stay home when you are sick
Even if you have mild symptoms or a cold or flu, it’s best to stay home. This not only helps you rest and recover, it helps reduce the risk of spreading the virus through coughing, sneezing or touching shared surfaces with contaminated hands.
If you are supposed to visit Grandma but you aren’t feeling well, the best thing you can do for Grandma is stay home. Rebook your visit. Call or FaceTime instead.
If you have a cough or other symptoms and must provide care for your older or vulnerable loved one, please wear a mask to reduce the risk of your droplets spreading infection.

It so important to Stay Active!!
The VON is offering a number of way that one can participate in the SMART exercise Program while social distancing:
Live SMART Exercise Zoom Classes
Zoom is a video conferencing platform that can be used through a computer desktop or mobile app, and allows users to connect online for video conference meetings, webinars and live chat. 
The app is available to download for free, and Zoom users can choose to sign up to the free service, or for a number of paid plans. The free services allows users to create unlimited meetings with up to 100 participants, although the time limit for group meetings is 40 minutes.
How does it work?
Zoom allows users to create and join virtual meeting rooms where they can communicate with each other using video, and audio. Additional features can give participants the ability to share their screen, share files, and use text chat within the meeting group or privately with others in the meeting.
In order to join a Zoom meeting, a participant needs to have the Zoom app, and either the meeting link, or a Meeting ID and a password.  While you do not need Zoom account to access a meeting, users need to set up an account in order to host a meeting.
If you would like to join a live Zoom Class email Kelly Gee and she will send you the Zoom Link to access the live classes.
VON SMART Exercise Programs:
The VON Exercise classes can be accessed through this playlist on YouTube:

Wightman Channel 6:  
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 7am Low Intensity, 8am Moderate Intensity, 9am High Intensity .
VON Fall Prevention Series: Monday, Wednesday and Friday's at 9 AM. Modules rotate through all 12 of them. The VON Falls Prevention Series is also on our Wightman YouTube page here:

 Check out our VON Facebook Page for activity challenges!


Check out our VON SMART Exercise Website and Facebook Page for updates as to when our programs will continue to run in the community.!

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 Poth (Registered Kinesiologist) or Leigh Bouchard (Registered Kinesiologist)

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. 
We are offering it to referred clients 2x/week for 6 weeks, free of charge. We have program locations in Kitchener and Cambridge 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.
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