Active Aging at Wellness

Free 55+ Kick-off plus
Seniors & Elders Month Activities

Active aging is about more than exercise. We’re Redefining Active with our free community kick-off on September 26 followed by a month of exploring ways to keep moving, keep connected, keep sharp, and keep well.

With our growing population of older adults comes growing concerns about quality of life in later years. An active lifestyle can help to prevent or manage many chronic conditions.

Discover active aging to stay independent and able to do the things you love. 

Non-members are welcome!

Active Aging: Redefining Active

Much of the stiffness, pain and injury that we often associate with aging can be improved with activity. Improvements in mobility can help with day-to-day activities and prevent falls, which can lead to disability.

However, healthy aging involves more than physical activity. Keeping your mind healthy and staying engaged and socially active are also important.

Find out more at our Active Aging Kick-off event or Seniors & Elders Month activities!  

Join us for a free Active Aging Kick-off between 10:00am and 2:00pm.

Active Aging Keynote

Moving for Life: Achieving your Potential through Physical Literacy
10:00 am - Dr. Dean Kriellars - Advance Registration

Older adults fondly recall a “free range” childhood exploring all physical environments – land, ice, snow and water - we became competent and confident movers. In a way we became movement literate. In the last 100 years there has been a shift to a movement suppressed society. The value of adopting a ‘physical literacy’ approach to achieve a safe and active lifestyle, which is supported by recent research” will be discussed.

Join us in Wellness Room 4 on the main level.

Register at 204-632-3900

Active Living Stations

11:15 am - Advance Registration

A circuit of fun activities on the gym floor. Circulate through a series of interactive stations focused on brain health and physical literacy as well as stations guest hosted by Minds in Motion, Active Aging in Manitoba and presenting sponsor RiverRidge I & II Retirement Residences.

Groups led by our 2019 Active Aging Ambassadors!

Register at 204-632-3900

Tech Drop-in Session

12:00 - 1:30pm
Bring in your mobile phone, tablet or laptop and get some tips from tech savvy Seven Oaks Division High School students . A great chance to connect and learn to stay connected!

Hearing Screenings

12:00 - 2:00pm presented by Connect Hearing

Sign up on event day at a table set up in the main entry area. Screenings will take place in our Rehabilitation & Sports Injury Clinic.

Stop by our Rehabilitation & Sports Injury Clinic Open House from 12:00 to 2:00 pm

Meet the team or sign-up during the event for a free diabetic foot assessment with our Foot Care Nurse.

Register to Join us for free activities for Seniors & Elders Month


Nutrition for the Young at Heart:
Eating Well for Active Aging
October 2, 12:30pm
with Laura Creek Newman, Wellness Institute Registered Dietitian

Understand how food choices affect not just physical health, but our overall wellness. Discover how needs change as we get older and how to manage common challenges. Discuss common misconceptions and how to spot inflated nutritional claims.

Sign Up

Register for Health Talks at 204-632-3900

Understanding Persistent Pain
Thursday, September 30; 6:30pm

Understanding how pain works and why we produce pain has been shown to help people have less pain. In this talk led by Wellness Institute physiotherapist, Kerry St George, you will learn how pain works and why you might continue to experience pain.

Mature Driver Workshop
Tuesday, October 8; 1:00pm
Manitoba’s varying road conditions emphasize the importance of refreshing our driving skills as we age. This free workshop, will teach you defensive driving techniques, show you how to enhance your skills and driving performance, how to compensate for any changes that my occur in your hearing, vision, flexibility and reaction time and update your knowledge of traffic laws and road safety rules.

Diabetes 101
Tuesday, October 8; 6:00pm

Get the basics of living well with Diabetes. Discussions will include healthy blood sugar levels, eating well, exercising, taking medications and preventing problems with your eyes, feet, heart and kidneys.

Diabetes & Pre Diabetes Q&A
Tuesday, October 15; 10:30am
Where do I go now? What do I ask my healthcare provider?

Older Adults & Anxiety
Thursday, October 18; 10:00am
Join the Anxiety Disorder Association of Manitoba


Introduction to Exercise with Diabetes
Friday, October 18; 10:00am
Regular physical activity can help you improve your blood glucose control and insulin sensitivity so you can live better with diabetes. This group class combines tips on managing diabetes with exercise with a simple walking circuit. Led by degreed exercise specialists in our medical fitness facility. Please wear exercise clothing and gym shoes and bring a fast-acting carb in case you experience low blood sugar.

Anxiety: Real, Disabling, Treatable
Thursday, October 24; 10:00am

Join the Anxiety Disorder Association of Manitoba to explore problems such as Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder and others. Discover treatment resources and how to help someone with anxiety.

Nutrition & Diabetes
Friday, October 25; 1:30pm

Led by a dietitian who is also a Diabetes educator; learn about how to eat to better manage your diabetes.

Living Well with Chronic Pain
Wednesdays, October 23 to November 13; 3:00pm

Ideal for people who live with chronic pain and would like to learn to manage that pain. Learn what causes pain and keeps it active, improve daily functioning and practice techniques to relieve pain. Facilitated by an occupational therapist, physiotherapist, pharmacist and clinical psychologist.

About Active Aging

Inspired by Active Aging Week, this event aims to help anyone 55+ find support to live a healthy lifestyle so they can extend their years of ability and independence. The event is just one way the Wellness Institute supports healthy aging and community health.

To help support events like this, please consider a charitable donation to the Wellness Future Fund.

An ICAA Recognized Event

The Wellness Institute has been recognized by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) with an award for it's positive representation of older adults in media/advertising. The 2017 event was also featured in the ICAA magazine as an example for Active Aging Week activities for the community.

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Thank-you to our 2019 Presenting Sponsor

and our 2019 Kick-start Supporter