This conference is an annual 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.
|8:00 - 8:50||Registration|
|9:00 - 9:10||Introduction and welcome||Clara Fitzgerald|
|9:10 - 10:10||Keynote: Your Health is Truly Your Wealth||Hal Johnson & Joanne McLoed|
|10:10-10:30||Nutrition Break and Networking|
|10:30-11:05||Active Session: Cardio||Sarah Cartwright|
|11:10-11:40||Physical Literacy for Older People||Clara Fitzgerald|
|11:45-12:30||Yoga or Lunch 1||Carol LePage|
|12:30-1:15||Hike or Lunch 2||TVTA|
|1:20-1:50||Aging and Fatigue: Mind-muscle connections.||Anita Christie|
|1:50-2:20||Barre for Balance||Anita Findlay|
|2:20-2:30||Nutrition Break and Networking|
|2:30-3:00||Balancing Acts: optimizing exercise to prevent falls||Susan Hunter|
|3:10-4:10||FULL SFIC||Ros Banks & Kathy Meyer|
|4:10-4:15||End of Day Remarks and Thank You||Clara Fitzgerald|
|4:20-4:50||Trainer Chat (Current and Potential)||Clara/Leslie|
|8:30-8:55||Registration (Day 2 only delegates)|
|9:00 - 9:10||Welcome||Clara Fitzgerald|
|9:10 - 10:10||Keynote: Health, Aging and CCAA Exercise Leaders||Glen Belfry|
|10:10-10:25||Nutrition Break and Networking|
|10:25-11:05||Active Session: Strength||Kathy Meyer|
|11:10-11:40||Promoting Exercise in Older Adults with Arthritis-Related Pain||Monica Maly|
|11:45-12:30||Meditation or Lunch 1||Diane Yeo|
|12:30-1:15||Hike or Lunch 2||TVTA|
|1:20-1:50||Education Session||Kevin Shoemaker|
|1:50-2:20||The Joy of Being Active||Christine Dirks|
|2:20-2:30||Nutrition Break and Networking|
|2:30-3:00||Person-centered approaches to caring for people living with dementia||JB Orange|
|3:05-4:05||FULL SFIC||Pauline White|
|4:05-4:10||End of Day Remarks and Thank You||Clara Fitzgerald|
Hal Johnson & Joanne McLeod
For over 30 years, under the umbrella of BodyBreak, Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod have been encouraging Canadians to live healthy, active lifestyles. They are fixtures of Canadian culture, known and trusted by Canadians of all ages. In 2013, to celebrate their 25 years of healthy living, teamwork and positivity, they appeared on The Amazing Race Canada as Team BodyBreak. Most recently, they received the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada for their years of dedication to helping Canadians “Keep Fit & Have Fun”.
Hal grew up in Toronto. His love for baseball as a youth led him to a scholarship at the University of Colorado where he earned his business degree. While studying at CU he represented Canada at the Baseball World Championships in Japan in 1982. Besides having a successful baseball and business career, his extensive sales background and enthusiasm to keep fit helped launch and sustain BodyBreak's longevity. In his "spare" time you might find him golfing, playing hockey or hiking.
Joanne grew up in Scarborough. She was a member of the Canadian Track and Field Team and was a 4-time National and 7-time Provincial hurdle champion. Joanne represented Canada at several international competitions such as the World Cup, Commonwealth and Pacific Conference Games. Her business and health background in the insurance industry also helped to further BodyBreak's success over the past 30 years. Joanne now enjoys training for Ironman 70.3, marathons/trail races and playing golf.
Glen Belfry, PhD
Glen Belfry, PhD, an Exercise Physiologist within the school of Kinesiology has been a faculty member at Western since 1985. From 1985-2002 his role included a spilt between coaching both women’s and men’s varsity swim teams and teaching various courses within Kinesiology. Glen was selected to coach several national swim teams and has received teaching awards. Glen completed his PhD at the University of Toronto (2005-2010) and is now involved in research, teaching and service. The enjoyment he receives from physical activity is only surpassed by the joy he experiences from his family.
Anita Christie, PhD
Dr. Christie is an Assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology at Western. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Brock University and her PhD in Kinesiology, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at UMass Amherst. She studies neuromuscular mechanisms leading to declines in motor performance with advanced age, with the ultimate goal of developing successful, evidence-based interventions to mitigate functional loss.
Susan Hunter, PhD
Dr. Hunter is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Western. She is a Physical Therapist with 28 years of clinical experience and has a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Hunter’s research focuses on older adults’ experience of falls, frailty and mobility decline. She has a special interest in falls prevention among lower extremity amputees and people living with dementia. Her research has been supported by the Alzheimer Association (USA), CIHR Institute of Aging, Alzheimer Society of Canada and Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada.
Monica Maly, PT PhD
Monica is an Associate Professor and Director of the Mobilize Clinical Biomechanics Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Her research goals are to promote physical activity among older adults with osteoarthritis. She uses biomechanical methods and imaging to evaluate the impact of physical activities on joint health, mobility and productivity. This work is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.
J.B. Orange, PhD
Dr. J.B. Orange is a Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western. He is an Associate Scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute. He also is Scientific Director of the CCAA at Western. His peer-reviewed publications and funded research address language and cognitive-communication disorders of adults and older adults. His research has a special emphasis on discourse, conversation, and communication of individuals with various forms of dementia and aphasia.
Kevin Shoemaker, PhD
Dr. Shoemaker is a Professor of Kinesiology, and a Canada Research Chair in the Integrative Physiology of Exercise and Health at Western University. His research focuses on the interaction between function of the neural system involved in blood pressure control, and blood flow in nervous tissues such as the brain. The impact of vascular disease on blood flow control in the brain, and possible improvements that can be induced by exercise interventions, represents a major focus of current research.
Christine is a communications professional providing writing, editing and research services for the business and non-profit sectors. Previously Christine wrote weekly columns and features for The London Free Press and was a contributor to local and national publications. Her career began in the Toronto book publishing industry. Christine is 67 and has been running for more than 25 years and has completed more than 187 races.
Carol has been practicing yoga for over two decades so when the opportunity to take her yoga teacher training in India, the birth place of yoga, presented itself, she retired from a career in the wine industry to embark on this new path. Based in Niagara where she instructs a range of ages, Carol is a certified Chair Yoga Therapeutics Teacher, Senior Fitness Instructor and has more than 25 years of experience working in the fitness industry. In November 2018, she successfully completed the Integrative Yoga for Seniors Professional Training at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, North Carolina.
Diane Yeo takes a real-life approach to teaching mindfulness. She is known and loved for her calm presence, passion for self-discovery and her ability to connect with people from all walks of life. After spending fifteen years in a sales and marketing career, Diane left it all behind in pursuit of her passion. Diane has been practicing mindfulness for over twenty years and teaching mindfulness since 2006. Diane inspires people in personal and workplace settings and is available for private coaching, courses, speaking engagements and retreats.
Clara is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Brock University and has served as the Program Director of the CCAA at Western since 2005. She is a recognized national and international presenter and educator and has presented extensively on subjects related to activity and aging. Clara’s primary focus is on promoting evidence-based and outcome-based functional exercise opportunities for older adults across the spectrum of age and mobility.
Kathy worked as a paediatric physiotherapist for more than 25 years. After retiring she turned her focus to seniors and became a Certified Senior Fitness Instructor at the CCAA in 2009 and a SFIC evaluator in 2013. Throughout her career she has presented at many physiotherapy and leadership conferences she is also a past R2A conference presenter.
New for 2019! Light continental breakfast included with overnight stays at Brescia. Food will be available from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (Fri and Sat only) at reception lobby and will include muffins (Gluten-free included), yogurt (lactose-free included) and orange juice as well as Keurig coffee/tea pods. The Starbucks kiosk will be open Thursday and Friday (closed Saturday) 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for additional snacks or beverage purchases.
For more information about accommodation booking, visit Brescia's Booking page.
Bookings can be made by clicking on the “Guest Registration” link in the left sidebar of the Booking page. MAKE SURE TO mention “CCAA” or “R2A” in “Special Instructions” part of registration
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This one-day training provides insight into the unique needs of older adults when participating in recreation or leisure activities in municipal centers or retirement communities. It provides evidence-based approaches to improve the experience of participants by implementing the HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Aging. Length: 7 hours. Registration Fee: $125.00 + applicable provincial tax. Learn more
Note: Lunch will NOT be provided on the day of the pre-conference workshops. Please bring your own lunch or lunch may be purchased at the Mercato, Brescia's state of the art Marché and dining pavilion.
Free parking will be available in the main parking lot off of Brescia Drive. See parking map for more details.
|Flemingdon Team||FFL project/accomplishments, celebrating successes, funder recognition|
|Shilpa Dogra||Facilitating movement in our communities|
|Ryan Wight||Interventions targeting sedentary behaviour|
|Leslie McAdam||Activity Burst! Ball cardio seated|
|Felicia White||Brain Health – Minds in Motion®, physical activity and social recreation program of the Alzheimer Society|
|Beth Munro||SFIC exercise class sample|
|Michael Coteau, MPP for Don Valley East: Project Recognition||Remarks|
|Maria Calvachi and Valerie Haboucha||Lessons learned for supporting diverse communities|
|Sarah Gallsworthy||HIGH FIVE Older Adult – Positive experiences never get old|
|Kirsten Bell||Move over body builders|
|Kathy Meyer||Lower Body Bands|
|Jenna Gibbs||Too Fit to Fall or Fracture|
|Kevin Shoemaker||Optimizing Brain Health Across the Lifespan|
|Clara Fitzgerald||Minds in Motion|
|Kevin Shoemaker||Expanding CCAA Research and Its Impact|
|Gabriella De Nino||Urban Poling|
|Elaine Fletcher||Full SFIC Class|
|Dr. Aric Sudicky||Healthy aging myths and tips|
|Anne Cooke||Choreography 2.0|
|Diane English||Positive Experiences Never Get Old|
|Kathy Meyer||Upper Body Bands|
|Leslie McAdam||Standard Plus|
|Silvia Pogliaghi||Determination of cardiorespiratory fitness|
|Lara Mylly||Full SFIC Class|
|Dr. Stuart Phillips||Successful aging: not in a pill or under a knife|
|Beth Munro||Balance: Anywhere, Anytime|
|Narlon C Boa Sorte Silva||Exercise, Aging and Cognition: Is it possible to mitigate cognitive decline in older adults?|
|Cassandra Ellis||Active Session: Music and the Beat|
|Cori Hutton||A Step in the Right Direction|
|Colleen McGrath||Age-related vision loss: What do I need to know?|
|Lauren Crutchlow||Show Up and Participate|
|Chris Moffett||Full SFIC Class|
|Dr. Aric Sudicky||Applying the Science: Creating a personalized recipe for healthy aging
|Anne Cooke||Active Session: Building Fitness Choreography|
|Lauren Bechard||Promoting Movement as Medicine for the Mind|
|Leslie McAdam||Active Session:Lower Mobility Options|
|Shilpa Dogra||Sedentary Time in Older Men and Women|
|Dylan Brennan||Experiences of Masters Athletes|
|Sarah Merkel||Full SFIC Class
|Introduction and Welcome|
|Gillian Mandich||Keynote: Getting Fitter with Age
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|Harry Prapavessis||Sedentary Behaviour|
|Debbie Devries, Kim Kamerman||High/Low SFIC Class 1|
|Kathy Meyer, Leslie McAdam, Clara Fitzgerald||Speed Learning 1 [Interval Training, Mat Core Training (YouTube), Evaluation]|
|Leslie McAdam||Activity Burst: Balance|
|Katelyn Norton||Brain Health - Exercise Your Heart!|
|Gillian Mandich||Health and Social Media|
|Anne Cooke||Choreography and Transitions|
|Clara Fitzgerald||End of Day Remarks and Thank You|
|Al Salmoni||The Benefits of Green Space Physical Activity|
|Leslie McAdam, Sally Radisic||Exercise Risk Management and Air Health Check|
|Toni Johnston, Chris Moffet||High/Low SFIC Class 2|
|Kathy Meyer, Leslie McAdam, Clara Fitzgerald||Speed Learning 2 [Playlists, Exercise Contraindications (YouTube), Chair Core Training]|
|Ros Banks||Activity Burst: Minds in Motion|
|Anne Van Durmen, Elizabeth Dejaegher, Pat Ecclestone, Susan Haughton||Instructor's Guide to Safe and Effective Exercise for Older Adults
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|Cassie Ellis||Music, Physical Activity and Enjoyment|
|Clara Fitzgerald||Closing Remarks & Thank you|
|Introduction and Welcome|
|Kaitlin McLay, Western University||Practical Applications of Top Evidence-Based Research Articles|
|Clara Fitzgerald, CCAA Master Trainer||Small Balls Workshop (active)|
|Joseph Levy, MRU||Motivation and Engaging Older Adult Participation in Exercise|
|Activity Burst: Chair Exercises|
|Clara Fitzgerald, CCAA Master Trainer||Benefits of Muscular Strength, Endurance and Power Training|
|Activity Burst: Balance Exercises|
|Tracy Rand, Fit 2 Age||Contraindications and Exercising with Chronic Conditions|
|Sandra Gordon, MRU||Collaborating with Community Partners and Stakeholders|
|Wrap-up and Thank you|
|Clara Fitzgerald||Introduction and Welcome|
|Melanie Stuckey||Top Research Articles – Practical Applications of Recent Research for Seniors’ Fitness Instructors|
|Denise Connelly||Exercising for Chronic Conditions|
|Kathy Meyer||Muscular Training – Strength, Resistance, and Power|
|Pat Ecclestone||Thinking Outside the Exercise Class Format - SAGES|
|Erin Shellington||Cognition and Exercise|
|Gillian Gorfine||Activity Burst|
|Tobias Morat||Sarcopenia, Mobility, and Exercise|
|Debbie Devries||Exercise Class|
|Clara Fitzgerald, Daphne Stevens||Home-Based Exercising and Spotlight on CCAA Participant|
|Gillian Gorfine||Activity Burst|
|Dr. Charles Rice||The Aging Neuromuscular System and Physical Activity|
|Sarah Merkel||Choreography and Cardio|
|Dr. Alan Salmoni||Why is Physical Activity Such Good Medicine?|
|Jocelyn King||Poling Demonstration and Workshop|
|Susan Hunter||Balance, Gait, and Injury Prevention|
|Gillian Gorfine||Closing Remarks & Thank you|
Research to Action London 2015 sponsored by:
CCAA Conference Coordinator
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging
1490 Richmond Street London, ON N6G 2M3
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