PRESS RELEASE

Enhanced Access to Community Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes for Seniors

Ontario Helping More Seniors Stay Healthy, Active and Independent

NEWS 

March 20, 2014
As part of reforms to physiotherapy services, Ontario is increasing access to publicly funded exercise and falls prevention classes across Waterloo Wellington. This will help more seniors stay healthy and independent.

To help approximately 130,000 more seniors stay active, healthy, and able to live in their own home longer, community exercise and falls prevention classes are being expanded to more locations across Ontario.

In the Waterloo Wellington LHIN almost 7,000 seniors will have access to classes in over 148 different, accessible settings including retirement homes, community centres and seniors’ apartment buildings. Classes are publicly funded, and free to all seniors.


There are 19 sites in Guelph in 13 long-term care homes & retirement homes and 6
community sites. Some of these sites include:
  •  Elliott Community, 170 Metcalfe St
  •  St. Joseph’s Health Centre – Condos, 100 Westmount Rd
  •  Guelph Lake Commons, 520 Victoria Rd. N.
  •  Village of Arbor Trails, 32 Bayberry Dr.
  •  The Village of Riverside Glen, 60 Woodlawn Rd. E.

As well as the Rockmosa Community Centre, 74 Christie St. in Rockwood. To find a location near you offering classes that meet your needs, please contact the VON for classes in Guelph-Wellington at (519) 323-2300.

Providing better care for seniors supports the government’s Action Plan for Health Care and its commitment to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place. It is also part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow by focusing on Ontario's greatest strengths – its people and strategic partnerships.

QUOTES

“This is an important investment. It means that more seniors in Guelph will now have access to free classes which will help them to live active lives and stay in their own homes. I want to encourage all seniors who might benefit from this free programming to
take full advantage of it.”
Liz Sandals, MPP, Guelph

“We are taking action to ensure more seniors in Ontario can access high-quality community exercise and falls prevention classes. This initiative is part of our plan to help seniors in more places across the province stay healthy, active and independent in their
own homes.”
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“Investing in wellness is a key step in promoting the health and well-being of residents in Waterloo Wellington. This announcement reflects our commitment to improve access to care. Making Exercise and Falls Prevention classes available to all seniors extends an existing program with proven results to more seniors, helping them to live independently in their communities and in their homes.”
— Joan Fisk, Chair, Waterloo Wellington LHIN

QUICK FACTS

  • Falls can significantly impact the quality of life for seniors, which may include injuries, loss of confidence and curtailing activities leading to an overall decline in health and mobility.
  • Regular activity positively affects seniors’ overall well-being, functional capacity, strength, ability to manage chronic conditions, and contributes to a reduction in hospitalizations.
  • Ontario is investing $10 million for community exercise and falls prevention classes for approximately 130,000 seniors throughout the province.
  • Overall, Ontario is investing $156 million annually to support enhanced access to physiotherapy, exercise and fall prevention services to more than 200,000 additional seniors and eligible patients.

LEARN MORE

More ways the government is helping seniors to stay healthy, active and independent

For information about classes in Guelph-Wellington, call (519) 323-2330.

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For more information, contact:
Jenny Waterston
Office of Liz Sandals, MPP
(519) 836-4190