Forever…in motion

Organization Sponsor: Saskatoon Health Region

Organization Partner: Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association

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Program Description

Saskatoon Health Region and SPRA are excited to launch a Provincial Forever…in motion strategy that will provide and promote safe physical activity opportunities for older adults living in Saskatchewan. This collaborative strategy focuses primarily on individuals living in seniors’ congregate housing and condominiums or those that attend churches, day programs and community programs to reach and improve health through physical activity for the older adult population.

Saskatoon Health Region has been working on developing, implementing and evaluating the Forever…in motion program since 2002 as a way to make accessible physical activity opportunities available for older adults. In this process, there have been a number of resources and materials developed including Forever…in motion leadership training, training resources and resources for older adults.

To address the demand for provincial access, SPRA will coordinate, manage, and develop a provincial program leading to increased partnerships throughout the province, using the present Forever…in motion model. SPRA and Saskatoon Health Region look forward to developing their partnership through a more integrated approach in the delivery of physical activity programs that serve to enhance the quality of life for older adults in Saskatchewan.

Exercise is one of the most effective ways of ... improving life and reducing health care costs.

Funding Sources: 

Saskatoon Health Region

Strategies For Sustainability: 

To address the demand for provincial access, SPRA will coordinate, manage, and develop a provincial program leading to increased partnerships throughout the province, using the present Forever…in motion model. SPRA and Saskatoon Health Region look forward to developing their partnership through a more integrated approach in the delivery of physical activity programs that serve to enhance the quality of life for older adults in Saskatchewan.

Evaluation Tools: 

Forever ... In Motion, the program has proven successful in Saskatoon and is now being spearheaded by the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism and Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

The idea is to train a group of people, who can then train others.The program will then be offered at community centres, church halls, congregate housing and sports facilities in urban centres and rural locations.The Saskatchewan Senior’s Mechanism will be hosting a 3 day workshop in Regina in November 2012 to train the trainers and facilitators of the program.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

It can often be difficult to find exercise programs that take into consideration the needs of that group, including adapting exercises to make them safe and appropriate for people with particular health concerns.There is a significant gap in the availability of physical activity programs for older adults.“This is a way to ensure fitness opportunities are affordable and accessible and appropriate for everyone.”

Length and Stage of Project: 

Saskatoon Health Region has been working on developing, implementing and evaluating the Forever…in motion program since 2002 as a way to make accessible physical activity opportunities available for older adults.

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