Whether it be the walking sessions or exercises involving her legs, arms, knees and ankles, Betty Joudrey gets a lot out of the new health program called Frail to Fit designed for golden-agers such as herself.
Joudrey was among a handful of participants involved in the first eight-week program of its kind. The classes took place twice a week, in the afternoons, over the duration. Two more eight-week sessions are planned sometime in the months ahead.
Emily Tanner, a physiotherapist with the Nova Scotia Health Authority's Western Zone, is one of the health care professionals leading the Frail to Fit program, which was developed by the Lunenburg hospital-based South Shore Seniors Community Health Team.
The idea of the program is to provide support to seniors who have mobility challenges by improving their function and independence. The other benefit is on the social side.
"The research shows that strengthening balance, along with the cardio aspect of the program, are all proven to be effective for conditioning, reducing falls and also improving well being with just having that social connection with others," Tanner told LighthouseNOW prior to a recent class.
She works with the seniors community health team, which is a group of health professionals who do special assessments of golden agers. Clients can be recommended to participate in Frail to Fit.