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CSC Waterloo Region News

By Jenn McDonald
(Above: Jess leading exercises to a group of Stand Up to Falls participants)

Our Registered Falls Prevention Kinesiologist Jessica Kuntz is leaving CSC to pursue another opportunity, her last day will be Friday April 12th. Jess has been instrumental in developing and delivering our Falls Prevention programming since the early days of 2014. Her contributions to our exercise program will not be forgotten as we carry things forward. The exercise team will greatly miss her and we wish her all the best! ​If you'd like to connect with her before she leaves she can be reached via email

Here's a link to the VIDEO of the routine we brainstormed in our March GEF Meeting.

Check out these 10 Way to Make Exercise Fun! 
Osteoarthritis update!
The LHIN has made the decision not to repeat the one time funding investment into GLA:D services with Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC-MOW) for 2019-20.
CSC is excited to continue to run our Stand Up to Falls for Osteoarthritis program. It is specifically designed and based on the GLA:D exercises with a falls prevention focus. We saw so much success with GLA:D, we wanted to continue with the functional approach to the exercise circuit. It will remain with using the theraband for lower body strengthening, core stability, and stair climbing/chair stands. We modified the floor component so participants are practising transitions from the floor to a chair as it is a life skill. The program will still be progressive and individualized based on participant needs. It has allowed us more flexibility in accepting a wider range of referrals, and over the past few months have seen great outcomes.

We will continue to offer it to clients 2x/week for 6 weeks, free of charge. We have secured program locations in Cambridge and in Kitchener and are currently registering clients on a rolling start.

We will accept all levels of participants provided they have lower body OA. Faxing us the form HERE or continuing to use Caredove for referrals from registered health care professionals works great.

Stand Up to Falls for Osteoarthritis (OA) is a functional circuit program CSC is pleased to offer those living with lower body OA.
Referral preferred.Contact us at 519-772-8787 for more info!

When our participants (past and present) reach out to us for direction or resources it is the highest compliment that we are achieving what we hope to in the community.

This past month one of our participants suffered a fall with injury and following her hospital visit thought to call us for some tips on her next steps to get moving again. We are happy we can make such a difference in our community!
Our next CSC GEF Meetings are: 

Wednesday May 1st, 2019
315 - 430 PM
at Community Support Connections
61 Woolwich Street North, Breslau

Friday May 31st, 2019
315 - 430 PM

Client Safety tip:
Pet Safety
Many of our clients have beloved pets in their home. It’s important to recognize volunteers or staff visiting may not be comfortable around unfamiliar dogs, cats and other domestic animals. If you are fearful about a client’s pet, please call our office and let us know your concerns. We can ask the client to hold onto their pets or to keep pets out of the room during visits. If you have an interaction with an animal where you are scratched or bitten, please report the incident immediately by calling our office at 519-772-8787. You will be encouraged to contact the Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services at 519-575-4400 extension 5147 and make an appointment with your doctor. CSC is happy to share your information with public health on your behalf with your consent.
Ongoing Education opportunities:

VON Guelph Wellington News:  

By Kelly Gee

VON News:

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 per week they will complete it in 3 months and if they exercise 5 times or more they have already completed this challenge.  Congratulations to the following people that have completed the 50 class challenge since November: Molly, David, Doris, Elisabeth, Marjorie, Carlo, Dorothy, Ron, Frank and Shirley.
Remember that if someone has not been active in a while to start slowly with a gentle approach to exercising. If they start out too hard they may find it too difficult, one might be stiff and sore and might even injure themselves. If this happens it is unlikely that they will want to continue to exercise and very likely that the exercise program will be a very distant memory within a month’s time.
Through education, self-awareness and accountability one can help to build a defense against failure and ensure a rock steady platform for success for the clients we serve.  From physical goals to social well-being. Let’s encourage all that we know to exercise!  If people have not started exercising, encourage them to start today and spring 2019 into action.

The next round of Falls Prevention Education Sessions will continue from April 1st to May 10th at the following locations:

Seniors Day Out, Mount Forest
Birmingham Lodge, Mount Forest
Guelph Lake Commons, Guelph
Norfolk Manor, Guelph

Next  VON GEF Meetings:
Guelph Office 401 Edinburgh Rd. N  - Tuesday Apri 30th  at 12pm
Mount Forest Office 392 Main St. N – Wednesday May 1st  at 12pm

Next SMART Training:
Tuesday April 30th and Friday May 3rd
Contact Kelly Gee to register / 519-314-0264

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

Celebrating our successes!

  • One participant had to have an emergency appendectomy. She and her husband noticed in the hospital after surgery how much strength she had to move around and they credit her strength and mobility after this surgery to the SMART Exercise program. The husband of the participant shared with their SMART instructor that the hospital staff were impressed with her with her ability to get in and out of bed and in and out of chairs. Participant and her husband were thankful to the SMART program for making her do all those sit to stand exercises. - VON clients
  • One participant has been going through treatment for her breast cancer and both her doctor and her physiotherapist have said health would be much worse and her recovery would take longer if it was not for the fact that she has been participating in the SMART exercise program. They both encouraged her to continue participating in the program.  - VON clients


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 Jessica Kuntz (Kinesiologist) at or Caitlin MacLean (Kinesiologist)

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