Covid-19 Update

It is highly unlikely we will be able to conduct any group meetings before the Fall. For that reason we are cancelling May and June meetings.

We will try to keep you informed about “on-line” education opportunities such as the March 31st “RECIPE FOR SUCCESS” webinar. Here a cardiologist and two RD’s discuss heart healthy nutrition.

E-Mail me if you want the link for this webinar.


A Recipe For Success – March 31st at Noon

A couple of days ago I posted a link to register for a Webinar on Heart Healthy Nutrition.

I have since found a way to register anyone who wishes to see this webinar. Let me know by completing the form below and I will send you a link.

Attend A Wellness Seminar While At Home On Covid-19 Lock Down

Here is a great opportunity to continue your learning about “Heart Healthy Lifestyles” and you don’t have to leave home to attend. MARCH 31ST @ NOON – 1:15 PM


This will be an excellent webinar as the folks at Toronto Rehab know how to put on a good show. Dr. Paul Oh is a really good speaker and the two dietitians come with great credentials. To attend all you need to do is register. You will be able to watch the webinar on your computer, tablet or phone as it is a U-Tube broadcast.

To register click the link below. DO IT NOW

Wellness Webinar

Covid-19 Alert – April 2 Meeting Postponed

We have decided after discussion with Doctor Wagner that we will postpone the April 2 meeting, probably until September.

While there is not a single case of Covid-19 infection in Peterborough as of March 12th, it is a prudent action to take. Healthcare workers like Doctor Wagner have been asked to avoid gatherings of 20+ people.

We will stay in touch regarding other potential cancellations of meetings (May and June).

February Meeting Reminder

The meeting on Wednesday February 12th is an important one. Our only topic is discussion around what kinds of benefits and activities you would like to get from the peer group in the next year or so.

See you at the Wellness Center at 1:30 PM on Wednesday February 12th.

We need your thoughts and ideas!

We are currently pulling together our plans for the next year or so. The plans are important as they are used to show potential resource partners why they should support us. They are also important to ensure we are delivering the information and activities that peer group members want. So put on your thinking caps and come prepared to talk about what you want from the peer group at our February 12th meeting.


Strength training builds more than muscles

I came across this article on the Harvard Medical School website. It is always a good reminder. As we age we lose more than muscle mass!

Most of us know that strength training (with free weights, weight machines, or resistance bands) can help build and maintain muscle mass and strength. What many of us don’t know is that strong muscles lead to strong bones. And strong bones can help minimize the risk of fracture due to osteoporosis.

A combination of age-related changes, inactivity, and inadequate nutrition conspire to gradually steal bone mass, at the rate of 1% per year after age 40. As bones grow more fragile and susceptible to fracture, they are more likely to break after even a minor fall or a far less obvious stress, such as bending over to tie a shoelace.

Osteoporosis should be a concern for all of us. An estimated eight million women and two million men in the United States have osteoporosis. It is now responsible for more than two million fractures each year, and experts expect that number will rise. Hip fractures are usually the most serious. Six out of 10 people who break a hip never fully regain their former level of independence. Even walking across a room without help may become impossible.

Numerous studies have shown that strength training can play a role in slowing bone loss, and several show it can even build bone. This is tremendously useful to help offset age-related declines in bone mass. Activities that put stress on bones can nudge bone-forming cells into action. That stress comes from the tugging and pushing on bone that occur during strength training (as well as weight-bearing aerobic exercises like walking or running). The result is stronger, denser bones.

And strength training, in particular, has bone benefits beyond those offered by aerobic weight-bearing exercise. It targets bones of the hips, spine, and wrists, which are the sites most likely to fracture. What’s more, resistance workouts — particularly those that include moves emphasizing power and balance — enhance strength and stability. That can boost confidence, encourage you to stay active, and reduce fractures another way — by cutting down on falls.



Strength and Power Training for Older Adults – December Meeting Reminder

Our December meeting will be at 1:30 PM at the Wellness Center on December 11th.

Our subject area expert will be Nuri Bonada. Nuri is a rehab graduate and member of our peer group. She is a personal trainer at the wellness center and many of her clients are “older adults”.

At the meeting you will learn;

  1. What strength and power training are and what they can do for you

  2. How aging changes our muscle profile

  3. The many benefits of strength and power training

  4. The specific role of strength and power training in reducing heart disease risk

During the meeting Nuri will lead us through some strength and power training so make sure you are medically cleared to exercise and bring your favorite bands or hand weights.

You will leave the meeting with a personalized action plan for 2020 and tips on staying motivated.

Note: All information presented is courtesy of Harvard Medical School.

Don’t miss this one!