Physical Activity and the Older Adult

Wednesday, September 24, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

at North Glenmore Community Association Building

located at 2231 Longridge Dr SW, Calgary

Come, hear and engage in a session about the importance of fitness for the older adult. Regardless of your activity level you will learn techniques that can help you to maintain mobility. Learn about ways to maintain your independence by maintaining or improving your fitness levels.

About the Speakers:

Joanne Playfair

Joanne is a certified Yoga instructor, specializing in Chair Yoga for older adults.  For the past 12 years, she has taught group classes at retirement residences. She shares her passion for Yoga to help others function and feel better in their daily life. Joanne’s style is gentle and inspiring.  Her unique classes combine functional movement, poses, breathing and meditation exercises to meet the specific needs of the students.

Joanne started Yoga to relieve her own physical pain. She continues to practice Yoga for inner peace and better health.  Prior to discovering Yoga, Joanne received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan.  She then moved to Calgary where she worked in the technology industry for 21 years. Joanne is married to a remarkable man who shares her love of outdoors, reading, music, great food, travel, lifelong learning and being active.

Tracy Rand

Tracy is a fitness instructor/personal consultant and the owner of Fit2AGE. She also works with the Living Well With a Chronic Condition program. She has been in the fitness industry for 19 years, teaching all levels, from very fit (boot camps) to people confined to a chair with severe mobility issues.  She specializes in working with Aging Adults because of her understanding of the importance of strength and balance to keep one living independently.

My purpose was very personal to start, to just help my Grandma live in her own home for as long as possible. From there I came across The Canadian Center for Activity and Aging (they are all about Aging with Dignity) and that is where I began to get passionate about informing people of what can be done to meet and reverse many of the effects of aging. Increased energy levels mood changes, reduction in pain, stronger more confident, better balance (in some cases people lose canes walkers and even come off oxygen), the list goes on.