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debbie 29th Dec 2013 day centre coordinator
I would just like to share with the wider golden carers community my experience with exercises implemented at my centre.

I run a small community centre twice a week with varied programs. Over the last few months have introduced arm chair exercises to my group. I purchased golden carers D.V.D along with a sit down dance movement C.D from another web site.
I introduced this to my group over a period of time and ran short sessions to get them used to it. I incorporated balloons, balls and bean bag throwing along with an Oct-a -Band ( you can google this and you will see it in action).
Well, I have been pleasantly surprised by their interaction and enjoyment. I have scheduled this into our regular weekly program for 20 - 30 minutes . We have in place the necessary documentation to review this activity and the evidence so far has been very encouraging.
This has now resulted into contacting Active Australia and I am going to enrol into a 2 day workshop in may 2014 with Easy Moves for Active Ageing(EMMA.) Active Ageing Australia delivers the highly successful and well regarded Easy Moves for Active Ageing (EMAA®) two day exercise leader training course.
EMAA® is suitable for diversional therapists, physiotherapy assistants, therapy assistants, lifestyle assistants, activity coordinators, fitness leaders and volunteers who run physical activity programs in aged care facilities or in the community.
EMAA® includes 3 units of competency from the Sport, Recreation and Fitness Training Package (vocational education), and is a Fitness Australia approved course providing 10 CECs.

The course is rather expensive at $636.00 but I am going to put a proposal through to management and see if they may fund this course.
hopefully put across the benefits of regular exercise program for our community clients and long term benefits to their health and well being.

I shall keep you informed of my progress.

Cheers Debbie
tina 27th May 2014
Thank you Debbie for this information.

Have you finished the course yet? How good was it?

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