Start June 25th, 2018

Maximize Quality of Life

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

Pillars of Wellness Burlington (Aldershot) 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, Holistic Nutrition 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.

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This program is about putting health into action!  Stay connected with your peers and create a “Health Alliance” and a support network to maintain healthy living. Learn how to gradually implement these new wellness suggestions into your daily life in a meaningful and manageable way.

This program includes active participation in activities related to body, mind and soul. Participation in physical activity weekly with demonstration of various exercises, complete gentle Yoga postures, review mindfulness meditation and test out the cognitive programs. Participants are encouraged to bring a healthy snack to share with the group during both the social component and the program completion pot luck. Time for individual consultation and questions near the end of the session and group questions regarding course content.

Commitment:  1 days per week education class, 1 day per week in the gym, 2 yoga class per week and weekly experience with cognitive stimulation programs.

Gym Program Focus (weekly x 6 sessions):

  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Bone building & Strength
  • Balance & falls prevention
  • Flexibility
  • Social benefits of exercise
  • Functional movements
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    Week 1: Seniors Fitness and Exercise

    • Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence and manage symptoms of illness or pain.
    • Education will focus on the benefits, types of exercises related to stretching and joint flexibility, improving balance.
    • Falls prevention. Falling is the leading cause of injury for older adults.
    • Information handouts are provided as well as sample exercises for all participants

    Week 2: Spine health and considerations for the aging body

    • What are the components of our spine and joints?
    • How and why does our body change with age?
    • How can we slow down the physical changes associated with aging?
    • Special concerns for the aging population
    • Can chiropractic care help slow the physical aging process?
    • Take-home thoughts and suggestions/exercises
    • 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.
    • 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: Emotional & Cognitive Health – Keep your mind active!

    • Cognitive health is the ability to think clearly, learn and remember. Stay intellectually engaged with meaningful activities and learn new skills.
    • 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 6: Emotional health and adjustment

    Yoga and meditation can be a great tool to help you to understand your body and mind. A good example can be, when you are a situation where you feel tense, stressed, or unable to calm down, you have probably experienced the value of taking a few big, deep breaths. This is can be a good example to understand how yoga and meditation can help dramatically shift our unhealthy, unsupported emotions into constructive and helpful ones, helping to have balancing and peaceful life.

    • Origins of stress
    • Relieving the stress
    • Yoga and mental health (emotional benefits of the yoga practice)
    • The influence of the breath and the emotions
    • Meditation and Mindfulness yoga. The benefits for sleeping issues
    • How yoga can release emotional blocks

    Last day of the program will include a social gathering with all the participants and a pot luck at the clinic!

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