Bone Fit™ is an evidence-informed exercise training workshop, designed for healthcare professionals and exercise practitioners to provide training on the most appropriate, safe and effective methods to prescribe and progress exercise for people with osteoporosis. The course is presented in two parts: 3 online self-learning modules and an interactive workshop. These modules MUST be completed prior to the workshop, to ensure that everyone attending has common baseline knowledge to build from. The workshop is led by our Lead Trainer, Judi Laprade, B.A., B.Sc.P.T., M.Sc., Ph.D, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. Upcoming workshops scheduled in various locations across Ontario staring November 2017 until Mary 2018. Please see the pdf flyer for details.

This article describes a retrospective evaluation of assessments from the community delivery of the Free From Falls (FFF) multi-factorial fall prevention group exercise and education program that was launched in 2011 by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The findings suggest improved outcomes for people with MS such as improved balance confidence, balance performance, functional mobility and reduced falls.

The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate existing evidence on the effectiveness and safety of Tai Chi to inform guidelines to clinicians to improve symptom management in individuals with MS.  While this review didn’t focus specifically on older adults, its findings regarding health outcomes particularly functional balance and quality of life can support its incorporation into individualized multifactorial fall prevention interventions.

This information flyer provides facts about Canada's alarming obesity statistics. Included topics are also surgical obesity treatment, childhood obesity, and treatment options in Canada. 

On Wed. August 30th, 2017 The Maple Family Health team is providing an educational session on Bone Health from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Boys & Girls Club, Frontenac Mall location at 1300 Bath Rd. Kingston.  Topics covered include: understanding osteoporosis; tips for healthy life choices for strong bones; calcium; vitamin D; medications and physical activity.  To register please contact Karen at 513-531-5888 x 1107.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to frailty and older adults.  4 pages.

The purpose of this systematic review of randomized, controlled trials was to examine the exercise interventions to manage frailty in older people. 16 pages. Last reviewed April 2017.

To facilitate the spread of the Mobilization of Vulnerable Elders in Ontario (MOVE ON) intervention, this study aimed to develop a mapping guide that links identified barriers and intervention activities to behaviour change theory. 9 pages. Last reviewed April, 2017.

Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Brescia University College, London Ontario. This conference is a learning and networking event for senior fitness instructors, volunteers, health promoters, students and other individuals who work with community-dwelling older adults. The event includes a mix of active and informative sessions including: practical applications of recent research, tips for safe exercise for older adults, and modifications for all levels of abilities. Register here.

Frailty is a state of vulnerability associated with increased risks of fall, hospitalization, cognitive deficits, and psychological distress. Studies with healthy seniors suggest that physical exercise can help improve cognition and quality of life. The results of this study showed that the benefits of exercise training, 3 times per week for a 12 week period were equivalent between frail and non-frail participants.

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