Principles of Health Aging Trainer Workshop

For the first time in Canadian history, people over the age of 65 outnumber those under the age of 15. At the same time, there is widespread acceptance of the positive impact that physical activity and social inclusion can have on overall health. HIGH FIVE has developed a new workshop for anyone working with older adults in a recreation or sport setting.

The Principles of Health Aging is a one-day training that provides insights into the unique needs of older adults participating in recreation or leisure activities. Its principles—Mastery, Play, Participation, Friendship, and having A Caring Leader—have demonstrated success in encouraging older adults to participate consistently in physical activity. The training will also address:

  • ageism;
  • program planning;
  • the role that physical literacy plays in sustained long-term health;
  • the impact of social connectedness on mental and physical well-being and a better quality of life

Recreation Nova Scotia is looking to certify Trainers who can deliver this course across the province. The Nova Scotia Department of Seniors has given us a grant to train and certify 30 new Trainers. We are offering this 2-day workshop On September 23rd and 24th at the Bedford Hammonds Plain Community Centre at a cost of only $50.00. Normally the two-day Trainer Workshop costs about $350.00 so this is a great time to become a Trainer!

This workshop will also be offered in the Valley in early November - location and exact date to be determined

We will also try to offer a time for interested candidates to take the Principles of Healthy Aging (PHA) frontline workshop before the Trainer course because it is a pre-requisite for Trainers.

Please confirm if you might be interested in becoming a PHA Trainer by contacting Debbie via email  or phone 902 497-2805.

The Healthy Aging Trainer Training is designed for those responsible for training staff in a single organization or for anyone interested in training recreation professionals and volunteers on the Principles of Healthy Aging more broadly. PHA trainers believe deeply in the importance of quality programming for older adults and are interested in helping organizations make a commitment to continuous improvement in the area of healthy aging and training delivery.