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Building Capacity for Elder Exercise Programming in Rural Communities

Building Capacity for Elder Exercise Programming in Rural Communities

Building Capacity for Elder Exercise Programming in Rural Communities

This course includes
1:35:40 of Course Material (View)
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Certificate of completion


One-third of seniors over 65 and 50% of seniors over 80 will fall at least once annually (WHO, 2007).

Falls are the leading cause of seniors’ injury, deaths, and hospitalizations and can lead to loss of independence. Preventative programming is necessary to promote healthy aging in this rapidly increasing cohort (Sutherland, 2018).

Indications show Indigenous fall-related injury rates are considerably higher compared to non-Indigenous older adults (Scott, 2018).

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Relevance to physiotherapy practice

Physiotherapists are well-positioned to deliver falls and injury-preventative opportunities using education and exercise programming for seniors (Sutherland, 2018). In addition, physiotherapy screening and assessment skills promote referral to appropriate services.

In many Indigenous communities, additional advocacy is required to develop rehabilitation services, requiring innovative models of care using the strengths and capabilities of each community.


Learning objectives

This online physiotherapy course will enable participants to:

  1. Understand health inequities faced by Indigenous peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Call to Action 19, "to identify and close the gaps in health outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities"
  2. Discuss strength-based, capacity-building models of care to deliver community-based programming
  3. Describe the innovative use of technology to support a Falls Prevention and Community exercise program delivery for Elders in remote communities, addressing distinct health needs.



This online course will be of interest to clinicians, professional and community leaders, managers, educators, and researchers interested in expanding current practices into rural or Indigenous communities using technology.



This course includes presentations and discussions from multiple presenters including:

  • Ms. Denise Taylor
  • Robert Baxter
  • Tiffany Gervasi
  • Kesa Keeash
  • Nancy Keeskitay
  • Carol Lyn Saleese
The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.
Course Material included in this course
  • Lessons
  • Welcome and Slides
  • Providing Context
  • Reviewed Communities
  • Inequities in Aboriginal Communities
  • Social Support and Food Security
  • Health Services
  • Culture and Resilience
  • Community-Based Programming
  • Community Exercise Program
  • Exercise Time!
  • Community Exercise Program (cont-d)
  • Outcomes
  • Quiz
  • What's Next?
  • Feedback

This course has been approved for 3 CPD units by the South Africa Society of Physiotherapists (SASP). If you are a physiotherapist in South Africa and would like the number of approved CPDs to appear on your certificate of completion, please follow the steps outlined in this help article. 

Once you have completed the course, a certificate of completion (including learning hours and course information) will be generated. You can download this certificate at any time. To learn more about course certificates on Embodia please visit this guide.

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