Seniors Health & Wellness

Maximize Quality of Life

“I will not let age change me…I will change the way I age”

Pillars of Wellness offers a comprehensive 6-week group education program geared towards maximizing function and quality of life as one ages. This unique program incorporates professional knowledge from all disciplines including: Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Naturopathy and Yoga. The program covers a wide variety of topics relevant to the aging population and incorporates a social component after each session, allowing other participants to create a rich social network.

Week 1: Seniors Fitness and Exercise:

  • Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Not only does physical activity and exercise keep you strong physically but it can reverse some of the symptoms of aging and nourish your mind, mood and memory.
  • Education will focus on the benefits, structure and types of exercises recommended related to stretching and maintaining joint flexibility, improving balance, and safely incorporating low-impact aerobics and strength training.
  • Regular exercise is also important in falls prevention. Falling is the leading cause of injury for older adults and irresponsible for about 85% of hospital injury admissions for adults aged 65 and over in Halton. (
  • Information handouts are provided as well as sample exercises for all participants

Week 2: Emotional & Cognitive Health – Keep your mind active!

  • Cognitive health is the ability to think clearly, learn and remember. Stay intellectually engaged with meaningful activities, learn new skills and establish a cognitive reserve.
  • Formal cognitive training also seems to have benefits.
  • Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) trial, healthy adults 65 and older participated in 10 sessions of memory training, reasoning training, or processing–speed training. The sessions improved participants’ mental skills in the area in which they were trained. Most of these improvements persisted 10 years after the training was completed.
  • Cogmed for working memory to improve cognitive symptoms and quality of life in again adults and those post stroke.
  • Learn compensatory strategies for memory decline and challenges with daily tasks.
  • Stay connected with other people through social activities and community programs to keep your brain active and reduce symptoms of isolation
  • Life challenges can seem overwhelming at times. Learn how and where to seek assistance in finding balance and well-being.
  • Information handouts and resources will be provided for all participants

Week 3: Chronic Pain Management

  • Explanation of pain and the chronic pain cycle
  • Learn about non-pharmaceutical options to manage pain through activity modification, energy conservation and pacing strategies, sleep hygiene and meaningful activities.
  • How incorporating mindfulness based meditation can help reduce chronic pain significantly and help you gain control over your pain experience.
  • How Yoga and various breathing techniques can help improve balance, joint flexibility, respiration, blood pressure and encourage mindfulness.
  • Participation in a meditation in encouraged
  • Information handouts and resources will be provided for all participants

Week 4: Healthy Eating for Older Adults

  • A well balanced diet can help lower your risk of developing chronic health conditions, and/or reduce the symptoms associated with an existing condition
  • Consider if you are meeting your nutritional needs and considerations for the aging body
  • Needing fewer calories to maintain a healthy weight
  • Limit processed sugar, saturated and trans fats and salts
  • Considerations for loss of appetite or diminished sense of taste and smell
  • Importance of hydration
  • Reviewing dietary considerations for various chronic health conditions and discuss supplement options
  • How some medications can affect your appetite and interact with certain foods and nutritional supplements
  • Community resources and handouts will be provided to participants

Week 5: Living at Home Longer

  • It doesn’t matter how old you are, live is always better when you’re home. There is a great comfort that comes from being in a familiar setting and being surrounded with memories and things that belong to you.
  • Explore the challenges with independent living as you age and the various resources available to support ongoing independent living
  • Review of home accessibility and home modification options, equipment and devices to promote independence, mobility devices and ADL supplies
  • Links to various community resources, funding sources and government programs

Week 6: Start Before You Ready

  • This week is the time to take action! Stay connected with your peers and create a “Health Alliance” and a support network to maintain a healthy living
  • Learn how to gradually implement these new wellness suggestions into your daily life in a meaningful and manageable way
  • This is the week for active participation in activities related to body, mind and soul
  • Participation in physical activity with demonstration of various exercises, complete gentle Yoga postures, review mindfulness meditation and test out the cognitive programs
  • Participants are encouraged to being a healthy snack to share with the group during the social component
  • Time for individual consultation and questions near the end of the session and group questions regarding course content
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