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Zoomers for All

Lead organization: University of New Brunswick (UNB)

Principle investigator(s): Dr. Danielle Bouchard, UNB

Co-investigator: Dr. Martin Sénéchal, UNB

About the project:

The issue

Adults who are 50 years of age and older do not exercise enough, and this can negatively impact their health. These individuals can be at risk for falling and developing one or more chronic diseases.

The importance

Falling and problems because of falling can be difficult for adults 50 years of age and older. Each fall can be expensive and cost the health care system thousands of dollars. Increasing physical activity is important for older adults to reduce their risk of disease and risk of falling.

What makes this project different

We are offering a free, falls prevention exercise program to aging adults 50 years of age and older across the province of New Brunswick. Many programs are often associated with a cost, which can be a barrier to some aging adults. Our program is also peer-led, which means our leaders are also 50 years of age and older. This can help participants feel connected to their leader and their group.

Anticipated impacts

We anticipate helping more older people across the province of New Brunswick exercise and improve their health. Specifically, we hope to reduce the risk of falling and allow adults to remain independent for as long as possible.

We expect that this project will help improve the physical function of those who participate. We hope this program will also decrease the risk of a fall and/or development of a chronic condition. This will have a direct effect on the healthcare system, saving it money.

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