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  CSC Waterloo Region News       
From Jenn McDonald
January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada is kicking off this campaign in order to address the stigma around dementia as one of the biggest barriers for people with dementia is to live with dignity and respect.
Know the facts!
  • Today, more than 500,000 Canadians are living with dementia. In less than 12 years this number will almost reach 1 million.
  • 65% of those over the age of 65 that are diagnosed with dementia are women.
  • 51% of Canadians admit to using some type of stigmatizing language about dementia (i.e. jokes or referring to someone as senile/demented)

Communication tips with persons living with Dementia

10 Warning Signs of Dementia

It is still the season for snowfall and thus snow shoveling! See these safe tips:
Our next CSC GEF Meetings are: 

Friday January 31st, 2020
Friday February 28th, 2020

315 - 430 PM
at Community Support Connections
61 Woolwich Street North, Breslau

Ongoing articles of interest:

UW: A "second heart" to strengthen our golden years

Exercise Resource manual link here!

Send us your readings of interest if you'd like to share them!
VON Client Success story:
Three years ago Mary and her mother Alice walked into a church SMART exercise class. Alice walked with a walker and had very poor balance. At the time she had congestive heart failure and could not stand long due to her poor balance and degenerative disc disease. Alice also has Alzheimer’s Disease and Mary lives with her and cares for her daily. Mary had bad knees and could barely do 4 squats without her knees cracking and hurting at the time and just blamed genetics as her father was the same.
The two have been coming twice a week to the high intensity class for three years rarely missing a class. This week Mary reported that her mother Alice, 92 years old,  no longer uses the walker, no longer needs the chair lift in the church, she uses the stairs herself, and can stand the entire exercise class (1 hour). Her heart is also very strong and she is no longer considered high risk for her congestive heart failure. You can see that Alice really enjoys the class and is very social with many people there. You can truly see a big change in her personality and demeanor, Alice really looks much happier. 

Mary reports that her knees no longer hurt and she is able to do 20+ squats. Mary went to take the SMART Facilitator training and is now a volunteer SMART instructor and teaches the exercise classes at Duffs Church. She reports that she always feels much better and energetic after the exercise class, even with 3 hours sleep and a headache Mary makes it out to a class to teach and leaves feeling much better.  - VON clients 
Click below for a list of where you can find all of the:
Exercise classes
Stand Up to Falls sessions

VON Guelph Wellington News:  

From Kelly Gee

VON News:
We hope that everyone had an amazing holiday season!  We are kick starting January 2020 with yet another SMART Exercise Challenge. This year we are going to have the VON SMART participants’ row across all the great lakes.  We have calculated that the distance we would need to travel to cross each of the lakes from one end to the other is 2087 km. We are going to assume that one row equals one kms (our SMART rows are powerful). Therefore we are going to see how long it takes each site to complete 2087 rows.

Towards the end of every December, those of all ages reflect on the year they’re leaving behind and start focusing on the future. January really is a great time to set some New Year’s goals in an attempt to better yourself in one way or another. The hectic holiday season has come to a close, and you can now get settled back into your daily routine. Or, better yet, create a new routine to ensure you’re getting the most out of all life has to offer.

Five Great New Year Resolutions for seniors

The SMART Integrated Falls Prevention Program will take place January 2nd to February 9th at the following locations:
Erin Family Health Team
Rockwood Family Health Team
Duffs Church

VON GEF Meeting 
Guelph Meeting Jan 28th – 12pm St. Joes Boardroom, 401 Edinburgh Rd. N
North Wellington Jan 29th – 12pm VON Office, 392 Main St. N.

Make a difference in your community
The VON is looking for volunteers like you! Giving a couple hours can brighten the day of a senior or adult living with disabilities in your community.
Positions are available in the following programs: Meals on Wheels, Transportation, Friendly Visiting, SMART Exercise.

SMART Exercise Facilitator Training
Tuesday Jan 7th and Wednesday Jan 8th 9am -4pm
401 Edinburgh Rd. North, St. Joes Apts Boardroom
Contact Kelly Gee if interested in becoming trained.

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

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. 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.
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