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Stretch, Lift or Tap: A movement program for frail older adults

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Stretch, Lift or Tap (SLoT) is an evidence-based movement program developed by the Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto (RGP) and specifically designed for frail older adults living in the community.

The webinar will present key elements of the program including tools and resources developed by the RGP to engage and support older adults to increase their activity levels. Additionally, two community-based organizations, Oshawa Seniors Care Centre, and Lonely No More, will present on how they adapted and implemented SLoT during the pandemic in their work with older adults living with dementia.

Presenters:

Alekhya Johnson, MPH, Knowledge-to-Practice Project Manager, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto

Alekhya uses her knowledge of implementation science, quality improvement, and human-centered design to provide tools, training, and coaching for health providers and organizations who want to transform care for older adults. She enjoys inspiring people to take advantage of the practical wisdom found in implementation theories, models, and frameworks. She is particularly interested in process of scaling and sustaining change.

Sarah Versteeg, Program Coordinator, Lonely No More

Sarah Versteeg is the Program Coordinator of the Lonely No More Program, a peer support program that aims to reduce social isolation, which is currently serving rural older adults, and is the Co-Developer of Connectedness Coaching, a resilience-based education that empowers resilient communities (Level 1 Lonely No More Volunteer Education). Sarah says the best part of her job is being able to work alongside community members that want to contribute and inspire others in movement and connection.

Christine Wilde, Volunteer, Lonely No More

Christine Wilde is a volunteer with the Lonely No More Program, helping to facilitate weekly conversations with isolated older adults to reduce their feelings of isolation and foster new friendships. Christine says, “she loves the opportunity to connect with friends who bring a wealth of life experiences to lively conversation each week and are so enthusiastic about participating together in new ‘listen, learn and try’ sessions like the Lonely No More Storytellers Club and the SLoT pilot.”

Sharon Coseni, Interim Supervisor, Oshawa Seniors Community Centre

Sharon Coseni is an Interim Supervisor at the Oshawa Senior Community Centres Northview Branch Adult Day Program. She brings over 15+ dedicated years working with seniors in the community. Sharon is passionate, creative and loves the connections she makes with both clients and caregivers.

Holly Alder-Dobson, Supervisor of the Adult Day Program, Oshawa Seniors Community Centre

Holly has worked with seniors in different sectors for over 25 years and now works with the Oshawa Seniors’ Community Centres 55+ as Supervisor of the Adult Day Program. She truly believes that it is the little things that count and loves being able to assist clients and caregivers to bring joy and quality back into their lives. She is best known for her rose coloured glasses.

This integrated KTE webinar event is brought to you by brainXchange in partnership with the Regional Geriatric Program of TorontoOshawa Seniors Community Centre and Lonely No More.

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