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Research to Action 2012: Workshop Descriptions

Friday, July 13, 2012 - Morning Set Program

Keynote Address

On Friday the thirteenth, double your luck when you join us for the Research to Action 2012 Keynote address. This year we offer you the best of both worlds as we serve up an appetizer of relevant and recent research results topped off with a generous helping of real-life story telling.

  1. We start “in the lab” with a quick review of some of the top research findings related to physical activity and aging over the past year. This is your chance to get up to speed with what’s new in our field.
  2. Then we move to the inspiring story of an everyday super athlete. Jeff Timmermans of Stratford has done (after the age of seventy) what few people do in a lifetime. He has pedalled his bicycle from the West Coast to the East Coast of Canada, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro…TWICE and has written a book about his experiences. All this in an effort to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease: a cause near and dear to his heart. 

RFP Grad Student Winner
Over the past four years the R2A graduate student presentations have educated delegates on a variety of topics ranging from the psychology of training to the physiology of exercise for seniors. This year we look forward to hearing more innovative research from the leaders of tomorrow in the field of physical activity and aging. The RFP winner’s name and presentation details will be posted on the conference website once the application and selection process is complete.

Older Adult Panel: What motivates them to exercise?

This panel of energetic seniors is eager to share with you what motivated them to get active and how they stay that way. Join us for this panel discussion to learn some easy to implement tips and tricks to help your participants get started and stay strong in their exercise program.

Friday, July 13 – Afternoon Elective Workshops (1:30pm – 3:30pm)

Choice 1: Measuring Up - Functional Activity Measures for Older Adults

This workshop will focus on measuring functional abilities of older adults and the special needs and considerations of this population. Participants will learn NEW* functional assessments, how scores compare to others their own age, and gain the skills and knowledge needed to conduct the functional fitness assessments in a community/retirement setting confidently.
*If you attended this workshop in the past, assessments will be different than the ones you would have learned previously

Choice 2: Strong and Free - Strength and Power Training : Back to Basics

In this workshop you will: 1) Review the research related to strength training and the important role that it plays in functional mobility. 2)  Define power training and learn how to safely implement power exercises for seniors 3) Learn to maximize the effectiveness of the strengthening exercises in your fitness class (using body weight and handheld weights as tools).  After this workshop you will be able to make the best use of the strengthening component of your fitness class by keeping exercises functional and challenging.

Choice 3: Walk the Walk - Walking and Gait Retraining

In this workshop we will explore the mechanics of gait and walking. We will break down the walking pattern and then focus specifically on different phases of the movement to enhance walking quality, efficiency, intensity and endurance.  This workshop will help you coach participants more effectively in walking kinetics with or without walking aids or poles. 

Saturday, July 14 – Set Program (9:00am – 10:30am)

Benefits of Exercise for Mental Health

It is a well-known fact that exercise is good for your body, but now research about the benefits of exercise for the mind is mounting as well. Join us for this informative presentation and learn about the research supporting the most active intervention. You will also get practical ideas for activities and exercises that can be incorporated into your programs immediately.

Saturday, July 14 – Morning Elective Workshops (10:30am – 12:30pm)

Choice 1: A Breath of Fresh Air - Lung Health and Exercise

The CCAA’s COLD (Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) program is for individuals 55+ who have been diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) or other related lung health issues (chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, etc.) The focus of this class is cardiorespiratory and muscular endurance. In this workshop you will learn more about the COLD program, what exercises and activities should be incorporated into an effective lung health class and how you can successfully duplicate this class in your community.

Choice 2: Strong and Free - Strength and Power Training : Back to Basics

(repeat from Day 1)

Choice 3: Cardio, Cardio and More Cardio (2011 Conference Fan Favourite)

With the updated Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines do you find yourself scrambling to find fun, effective and most importantly safe cardiovascular activities for the older adults in your fitness classes? This workshop will introduce you to new tools and ideas to rev up your cardio component. The exercises presented in this workshop are appropriate for the community dwelling, active older adult.

Saturday, July 14– Afternoon Elective Workshops (1:30pm – 3:30pm)

Choice 1: Balls and Balance (2011 Conference Fan Favourite)

Small balls are inexpensive and effective program enhancers that are fun to use for older adults of all levels of mobility. This workshop uses small balls for balancing, strengthening & stretching exercises for clients across the spectrum of mobility.

Choice 2: Stand Up! Baby Stand Up! - Postural Assessment and Training

In this workshop you will learn a variety of easy to implement postural assessments as well as effective exercises to get your participants standing and sitting tall throughout their day. The focus of this workshop is on posture-related strength, balance and flexibility exercises. We will discuss posture-challenging situations as well as how to incorporate postural training into your fitness program.

Choice 3: Exercising and Eats

Join Nancy Revie as she takes you on an interactive journey of the who, what, where, when, why and how of exercising and healthy eating.  PLUS - you'll learn the 'secret ingredient' to add life to life!   Come prepared to laugh, be inspired and go away with practical ways to be good to yourself!



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Clara Fitzgerald
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging
Phone 519.661.1603
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