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New in 2008!

Exercise Leadership Training for Stroke Survivors

More than 50,000 strokes occur every year in Canada. Sadly, one in three deaths in Canada is due to heart disease and stroke. Stroke can cause severe physical limitations that prevent an individual from participating in a higher-functioning exercise program for older adults. Physical activity can help restore physical function and quality of life for those who have experienced a stroke, as well as prevent another stroke from happening.
Between November and February 2007/08 we successfully delivered a 12-week pilot exercise program to nine stroke survivors in the London area. The program model used was developed by Physiotherapist Janice Eng of The University of British Columbia and researched in Canadian clinical trials. The Fitness and Mobility Exercise (FAME) program provides a community-based exercise model that can be offered to stroke survivors post-rehabilitation that will maintain and build upon the functional improvements that were gained during rehabilitation. This means that stroke survivors would be more likely to achieve a level of function closer to what it was before the stroke by participating in a community exercise program.
We have improved the quality of life and functional ability of the participants who took part in the program, and have learned a great deal from the implementation of the program that we have now developed a new leadership training program to train other organizations to successfully implement this evidence-based exercise program in their communities. The CCAA is now offering a one-day leadership training module to teach individuals:

  • Characteristics of stroke
  • Deficits resulting from the stroke
  • How to increase and/or maintain functional mobility using all components of fitness
  • Communication skills
  • How to evaluate the effectiveness of your program

The stroke exercise module is offered to those who are certified as Seniors’ Fitness Instructors by the CCAA, or have completed the CCAA’s Functional Fitness for Older Adults (FFOA), Functional Fitness for Adult Day Programs (FF-ADP), or Restorative Care Education and Training (RCET). The cost is $200 and the first course is being offered Tuesday September 23rd at the CCAA. Contact Leslie Brown at lbrown59@uwo.ca or call (519) 661-1607 for more information, or to register.

 

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Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging
Toll Free 1.866.661.1603
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Email: cfitzge4@uwo.ca

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