Ron Weese since his retirement from 32 years at Seneca College has become a mentor for Sport for Life. His goal is to increase physical literacy by engaging seniors who have fallen from their own fitness trajectory and re-engage with healthy physical activity as outlined in Durable by Design.
Durable by Design: Physical Literacy for Healthy Aging
Physical literacy means having the movement skills, confidence and motivation to participate in a broad range of activities, resulting in a population which is “durable by design”. Because Canadians are living longer, and our quality of life depends on staying physically active, developing and maintaining physical literacy can be the key to resilience – reducing the effects of falls, injuries, and illness. Existing physical activity programs for older adults should be modified to incorporate activities which enhance physical literacy and “durability by design” – this workshop shows you how. This 60 minute active workshop will (objectives): – Introduce participants to physical literacy concepts and a new training program designed to integrate physical literacy into activities for older adults. – Allow participants to try activities which enhance physical literacy and durability, and are easily implemented by recreation leaders or health care workers. Attendees will develop the following skills and knowledge: – Awareness and understanding of physical literacy and its application in older adults; – Awareness of the need for modification of existing physical activity prorgams; – Knowledge of available resources and training programs for health and recreation leaders.