SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together)® Exercise Program is a gentle fitness program designed for people aged 55+. SMART helps you stay active and maintain your independence. The SMART program is fully funded by the NSM LHIN and there is no participant charge. Please see below of contact information for the programs in your area.
Barrie Class Locations
Midland and area Class Locations
Muskoka Class Locations
Orillia Class Locations
Wasaga Beach and area Class Locations
Information about SMART exercise classes in the community and retirement homes:
Barrie, Innisfil and Area - 705-737-5044 ext. 221
Orillia and area – 705-326-7021
Muskoka – 705-787-1996
Collingwood/Midland and area - 705-355-2200
Information on the Healthy Aging Education Series - please call 1-877-665-6065
Healthy Aging Series Summary
The Healthy Aging Series is presented by speakers from the VON (Victorian Order of Nurses) SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together)®Program, IRFP (Integrated Regional Falls Program), and Osteoporosis Canada. The series is sponsored by the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network and therefore is FREE for participants. Speakers include a kinesiologist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist and nurse. The 2-hour sessions run once per week for 12 weeks. The material is usually covered in one hour with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions, and the speaker is available for an additional hour. Descriptions of the topics covered in the series are listed below. (Modules are not necessarily presented in this order aside from Unit 1 which is usually first and Unit 12 which is usually last. Details on actual speaker/topic can be provided 7-10 days before session.)
Unit 1 – Staying on Your Feet
The goal of this class is to be more aware of the cause and impact of falls, and to increase awareness of the benefits of physical activity.
Unit 2 – Taking Charge of Your Health
The goal of this class is to increase awareness of the importance of taking charge of your health in order to decrease your risk of a fall. Includes an overview of a variety of chronic diseases and conditions frequently experienced by seniors (ie. vision loss, hearing loss, diabetes, stroke, etc.), and some tips on how to manage them.
Unit 3 – Medications
The goal of this class is to increase awareness that some medications and their side effects can cause falls, to learn that discussing this with a health professional may prevent falls, and to increase awareness that combinations of certain (many) medications can cause dizziness and weakness and can result in falling.
Unit 4 –Exercise, Posture, and Staying in Healthy Condition
The goal of this class is to learn about the importance of strength, balance and posture training for fall prevention as well as the danger of deconditioning.
Unit 5 – Nutrition and Continence
The goal of this class is to increase awareness of the benefits of eating well to improve sense of well-being and having increased energy, and to increase awareness of strategies to manage continence by planning ahead, paying attention and not rushing.
Unit 6 – Healthy Feet
The goal of this class is to learn about the importance of safe footwear and foot care, and the role of both in your ability to be active and reduce your fall risk.
Unit 7 – Ways to Stay Safe and Independent
The goal of this class is to inform you about some of the tools and assistive devices available to help manage daily tasks, as well as how and where to get them. Walker safety is also discussed.
Unit 8 – Bone Health
The goal of this class is to inform the group about healthy bones and the need to have a fracture risk assessment.The role of calcium, vitamin D, exercise, osteoporosis medications and fall prevention are discussed in relation to preventing fractures.
Unit 9 – Home and Community Considerations for Fall Prevention
The goal of this class is to increase awareness of potential safety issues in your home and how to address those risks, and to promote discussion on accessibility and fall risks in the community and how to reduce fall risks.
Unit 10 – Sleep
The goal of this class is to learn the importance of sleep and its impact on our health and well-being, and to improve knowledge of techniques to improve sleep.
Unit 11 – Maintaining a Healthy Brain
The goal of this class is to learn about brain health and to improve knowledge of how brain health impacts our overall well being.
Unit 12 – Pay Attention to Keep Safe
The goal of this class is to discuss the importance of planning ahead and avoid taking risks to promote safety. Key information covered in previous units will also be reviewed.