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This Edition: It's Falls Prevention Month!

CSC's Falls Prevention Activities

Falls are a serious issue for older adults with an estimated one in three older adults experiencing a fall each year.

Ontario spends $1 billion per year addressing fall-related injuries in older adults, although many falls are predictable and preventable.

Did you know that 50 hours of standing exercise each year can prevent one fall? CSC offers free gentle exercise classes at more than 100 sites in Waterloo Region plus rotating falls prevention classes. We use the evidence based, nationally accredited SMART™ (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) program as a basis for a variety of programs that help clients maintain or increase physical health and functional mobility.

Find the perfect program for you! CSC offers:

  • WALC (Wellness Active Living Club) – one hour group exercise offered once or twice a week in community locations by trained volunteers;
  • Fab-Fit (Functional Ability, Functional Independence Training) – trained volunteers are matched with clients for one-on-one, in home exercise once a week for 12 weeks; the goal is to transition clients to group exercise or self-maintenance;
  • SMART™ In Home – trained Gentle Exercise Facilitators are matched with clients for one-on-one, in home exercise three times a week for six weeks to support transition to group programming. Referral required;
  • SMART™ Group Classes – 45 minute group gentle exercises led by trained Gentle Exercise Facilitators two or three times a week in retirement homes or other community settings; and
  • Falls Prevention Programming – Registered Kinesiologists provide six week educational modules coordinated with SMART™ group classes.

If you would like more information on CSC's exercise programs, please call 519-772-8787 and ask for Jenn at ext. 228 or email jennm@cscmow.org. If you would like information on Falls Prevention, please contact one of our two Kinesiologists on staff, Kylie at ext. 222 or email kyliem@cscmow.org and Jessica at ext. 257 or email jessicak@cscmow.org.

Prevent a fall before it happens! Slippery, snowy conditions are just around the corner and we want to encourage everyone to take appropriate measures to prevent a fall that could lead to injury. We ask all of our drivers to pay close attention to sidewalks to ensure they are safe, and if not, to assist our clients as best as you can to and from their destination. Offering your arm is great for extra stability as long as you feel safe and confident to do so. We also ask all of our Meals on Wheels volunteers to be extra aware of their surroundings, especially if a client's walkway is uncleared. Please slow down and practice safety at all times.

Exercise is Changing Lives: Helen and Fred's Story

93-year-old Helen and her 91-year-old husband, Fred, have been attending CSC's free gentle exercise classes at their retirement home for the past two years. “We exercise as often as we can,” says Helen. Married for 71 years, Helen and Fred hope to make it to their 75th wedding anniversary. One of the ways they intend to get there is by leading a healthy lifestyle.

The couple began attending SMART™ (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) exercise classes shortly after they moved into their residence because Fred was told it would help prevent falls.

“It’s pleasant to exercise with people you know in a group like that. The instructors have been very good. They are conscious of how everyone is doing and they watch for changes to make sure everyone is okay. I’m impressed with them!”

The classes have also inspired Helen and Fred to stay active throughout other parts of the day, including walking to the grocery store - a journey that can take up to a half an hour each way. Fred uses a walker to help him along and the couple stop and rest when they need to. But most importantly, they keep moving.

“If you don’t use it, you lose it,” says Helen. “When you’re old like us you can degenerate quickly, and the classes keep us active," says Fred. Both intend to keep exercising as long as they can and would recommend the program to others. “It is keeping us in shape and it’s something to look forward to every day."  

CSC is privileged to be part of our clients’ daily lives by helping them improve their functional fitness leading to an improved quality of life. For more information on SMART™ exercise classes, please call Jenn at 519-772-8787 ext. 228 or email jennm@cscmow.org. If you are interested in becoming a Gentle Exercise Facilitator, check for position listings on CSC's career opportunities page at http://communitysupportconnections.org/careers/.

Love fitness? Volunteer today!

Are you passionate about health and wellness and looking to make a unique difference in your community?  If this sounds like you, we have the perfect volunteer opportunity. We are actively seeking Instructors for our WALC and Fab-Fit programs. Both are designed to help seniors and adults with disabilities enhance and maintain their functional fitness, mobility, balance and independence.
WALC Group Instructors
  •  Design and lead one hour, low impact weekly classes which are offered at various sites across Waterloo Region.
  • Classes are structured to improve balance, cardiovascular health, strength and an overall senses of well-being.
 Fab-Fit In-Home Instructors
  • Visit housebound and socially isolated clients who cannot attend group classes.
  • Weekly one hour visits occur over a 12 week period.
  • Instructors provide guidance and encouragement in performing 15 simple exercises designed to increase functional abilities.
Whether you have experience or are new to fitness, we guarantee that volunteering will be a rewarding experience. Training and support is provided by CSC at no cost to you. Mileage reimbursement is available. If you are interested in getting fit for free while helping seniors and adults with disabilities remain active and independent, please call our office at 519-772-8787. In KW ask for Ann and in Cambridge ask for Mike. You may also choose to apply online.

CSC's Offices Closed November 11th

Our offices will be closed Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 on Remembrance Day allowing staff to attend full-day training.

Many of our clients are veterans and we commemorate them for their courage and strength. We hope everyone takes a moment on this very special day to remember those who gave their lives for our country and for those who continue to serve. Consider wearing a poppy or attending your local Remembrance Day ceremony to show your support.

Volunteer Privacy Training and Information Session

All volunteers are invited to attend a Privacy Training and Information Session. Come find out how government and agency standards impact your role and network with fellow volunteers! Please feel free to bring a friend. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided.
In Breslau:
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
12:30pm-2:30pm in the Strassburger Room
In Cambridge:
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
6:30pm-8:00pm in the Cambridge Boardroom

Save the date: Agency wide mental health training will be on February 10th, 2016. In Cambridge training will be in the Boardroom from 12:30pm-2:30pm and in Breslau training will be held in the Strassburger Room from 6pm-8pm.
If you have any questions or to RSVP, please call 519-772-8787 and ask for Ann at ext. 205 or email annr@cscmow.org. You can also ask for Mike at ext. 253 or email michaelt@cscmow.org.

6th Annual Mayor's Souper Sampler for Meals on Wheels a Huge Success

More than 500 people came out on Saturday, October 24th, 2015 to support the 6th annual Mayor's Souper Sampler for Meals on Wheels at Cambridge City Hall. We were joined by 13 different restaurants and caterers who brought their best soup and Starbucks who generously provided coffee. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the event. Because of your support, we raised over $3,000 for local Meals on Wheels!

Congratulations to our winners as well. Third place went to both The Bruce Restaurant and Lounge and Ambertree Fresh Market Kitchen, Second place to The Hungry OIive, and the big winner B@THEMUSEUM took home the Souper Sampler Trophy! Congratulations as well to Ambertree Fresh Market Kitchen for winning The People's Choice Award!

This event would not have been possible without the following vendors who donated all of their product in support of our clients. Thank you:
 A big thank you to Green Sponsor Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada. The reusable water bottles you sponsored encouraged all of our patrons to be green and reduce waste.

Don't miss the photos here! Also visit the Souper Sampler Blog for more information.

November 6th is Random Act of Kindness Day®

Since 2008, Random Act of Kindness Day® has brought Kitchener-Waterloo and other Canadian communities together by engaging citizens in small acts of kindness and generosity. The message is simple - do something nice for someone and ask nothing in return other than they do something nice for someone else. For more information, visit https://www.kwcf.ca/kindness or watch a heartwarming 2015 video here!

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