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Celebrating our successes!

  • I learned several exercises that I can do at home to increase mobility. - CSC Stand Up to Falls for OA client
  • When I started here I wasn't able to get out of a chair without assistance from someone or something. Now I am able to get up from a sitting position with no assistance. I have more energy and can walk further than usual. - CSC client
  • See below for Mary and Alice's story in Guelph-Wellington!


CSC Waterloo Region News

From Jenn McDonald
The Exercise Team at CSC is happy to be working with the University of Waterloo on a variety of projects aimed at decreasing the stigma around people living with Dementia(s) and how we can better prepare our exercise providers in the community to be inclusive. More to come on these ventures as materials are available to be shared. 

In July we'll be hosting Stand Up to Falls sessions at IdeaExchange in their Clemens Mill location in Cambridge. IdeaExchange's mission is to support and inspire the community in the exploration of reading, arts, innovation and learning. Their programming and service reach out to kids, teens, newcomers to Canada and our senior population. We are happy to be partnering with IdeaExchange in an effort to increase outreach and program availability to seniors in offering Stand Up to Falls. IdeaExchange Clemens Mill is at 50 Saginaw Parkway, Cambridge and you can see CSC there on Tuesdays at 1pm from July 9 - August 27.


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.
"I came to (Stand Up to Falls for OA) exercise class to improve my flexibility and mobility. I needed to strengthen in my operated hip and to reduce pain in my hip awaiting surgery. I'm happy to report improvement in my ability to move, like getting from a couch to stand and to get in and out of a boat (at the cottage) or garden. I am also happy to report that my surgeon and I agree that I should defer hip surgery. I met my objectives! Thanks!!"
- Barb, after 6 weeks
Our next CSC GEF Meetings are: 

Wednesday July 31st, 2019
315 - 430 PM
at Community Support Connections
61 Woolwich Street North, Breslau

Client Safety Tip for July
Heat illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, are mainly caused by over-exposure or over-exertion in the heat. If you experience symptoms such as dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, headache, extreme thirst or decreased urination, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids. Water is best. To beat the heat, avoid sun exposure and stay hydrated, dress for the weather, check in with friends, seek air-conditioned spaces, take cool showers, and avoid outdoor activities during the warmest part of the day between 11 a.m. -4 p.m. Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911 if you are caring for someone who has a high body temperature and is either unconscious, confused or has stopped sweating. For more information and a list of cooling centres, call Waterloo Region Public Health 519-575-4400 or visi
Ongoing Education opportunities:
End PJ Paralysis Global event
Check out this FREE Global event, it’s a 3 day virtual event taking place continually for 72 hours. The focus is on the impact of ‘staying in bed’. Its aim is to share best practice around keeping people up, dressed and moving to improve quality of life and prevent deconditioning. Many of the folks in acute care are in their last 1000 days and they are the very people who don’t have time to waste, yet they are the most likely to get stuck in the hospital system due to their complex health needs.
Noting that lots of evidence supports the connection between immobility and deconditioning, loss of functional ability and cognitive impairment – thus increasing the length of a patient’s stay in hospital.
Click the link to register and watch the youtube videos if you’re interested - looks intriguing!
To register
Program info:

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:
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:

Over the past month we have had an opportunity to film many of our instructors teaching the SMART class, it is so amazing how we can all use the same exercises but each class can be so different.  If you would like to check out these exercise classes visit our Facebook Page VON SMART Exercise Wellington County.

On another note are happy to announce that Kyra Ash is our new SMART Admin Assistant.  Kyra is a recent graduate of the Gerontology and Health Sciences program at McMaster University.  She is very familiar with the role as she worked for the SMART program last year as our summer student, teaching classes and assisting with some admin duties.  At the end of her summer employment we hired Kyra on as a casual Gentle Exercise Facilitator and over the last year she has been picking up classes and helping out with the SMART Facebook Page and Website whenever her busy schedule would allow it.  Kyra’s great work ethic, strong organizational skills and cheerful personality will allow her to strive in this position.  We are lucky to have her join our team.  Please join me in welcoming Kyra to our SMART team.

June 21st marked the last day that VON was able to offer the GLA:D program. This 8 week education and exercise program for those with osteoarthritis in the hip and or knee is a fantastic program and we received great feedback from the participants of the program. Many of the participants stated that they had less pain, felt that they were more mobile and physically active after the completion of the program. 
If the GLA:D program is something you would like to refer your clients to there are other organizations/ companies that are offering the program and you can find these on the GLA:D website   Or contact Community Support Connections for their Stand Up To Falls Osteoarthritis Program 519-772-8787. 
The ending of this program means that we have to say goodbye to Matthew Mendez our Registered Kinesiologist who ran this program. Matthew is passionate about helping people achieve their fitness goals, he is an excellent communicator with superior listening skills, friendly, approachable and well respected by all of the clients he worked with. He was a great addition to the SMART Team and he will be greatly missed.

The next round of Falls Prevention Education Sessions will continue until July 12th at the following locations:

EPalmerston United Church, 215 James St., Palmerston
Harriston Caressant Care, 24 Louise St., Harriston

and starting June 24th here:
Ellington / Elliott, 172 Metcalf St, Guelph
Dinner Club, 100 Westmount, Guelph
Stone Lodge, 165 Cole Rd., Guelph
Royal Terrace, 600 Whites Rd., Palmerston
Harriston Hometown Living, 294 Elora St. Harriston

Next  VON GEF Meetings:
NO team meeting in July and August
No SMART Exercise classes on Monday July 1st (Canada Day) and Monday August 5th (Civic Holiday)

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

(Above: VON exercise participant Alice)
Mary and Alice's story
Mary brings her mother Alice to classes twice a week at Duffs Church.  Mary enjoyed participating in the program so that she decided to take the SMART training and became a Volunteer SMART instructor to ensure that a class never gets cancelled due to not having an instructor available to teach the class.
Last month both Mary and Alice received their certificate and prize for attending 50 classes on Alice’s 90th birthday. One year ago when Alice first started the classes she could not walk more than 10 feet she struggled to get across a room without having to stop and rest. She now walks 1 km around the block every day. She is now independently ambulatory.


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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