YMCA Hamilton, Burlington, Brantford – $10,600 (Grow Grant)
Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians. Most falls are the result of sarcopenia, a condition characterized by loss of skeletal muscle mass and function. A proven treatment for sarcopenia is resistance training and/or strength training. This program will see trained YMCA leaders teach balance and strength training integrating the use of Activator walking poles that are specifically designed for older adults. The program will work to improve the balance and strength of 100 seniors in the Burlington community. A secondary goal of the program will be to reduce isolation by building social connections between participants. Program fees will be reduced, and financial assistance provided in recognition of financial barriers seniors many seniors face.