SCS Welcomes Master’s Student Megan Clumpus
Seniors’ Community Services is pleased to welcome Megan Clumpus, a University of Victoria’s Masters of Public Health Candidate. Megan joined us in February to fulfill her practicum, with a focus on analysing and improving our exercise programs. In 2021 we provided 288 exercise classes, and introduced cardio drumming and seniors’ yoga. A dedicated exercise program for older adults, along with the option for additional supports, is a vital part of living confidently and independently – and keeping fit feels great!
Megan has been working within policy and regulation with Health Canada for close to 6 years, and has previous experience working with the senior population in a professional capacity. Her work includes studying under both a recreational therapist and physical therapist, and extensive volunteer experience running fitness classes, games, and one-on-one visits.
“I am incredibly passionate about public health, especially how it relates to health equity and health promotion within the community and the aging population”
Megan’s practicum includes two pieces of work: A literature review of physical activity interventions for older adults, aged 65 years and older, that are intended to bring attention to fall prevention, and identifying the evidence gaps that require further research. This second piece will highlight the current state of practice, and provide insight into the requirements to receive Senior Active Living Centre (SALC) designation and respective funding from the Government of Ontario.
This study will not only assist SCS to grow our exercise programs to meet the needs of older adults in our community, but it will increase opportunities for vital funding. SCS is very fortunate in having this collaboration with Megan that will assist us in developing and facilitating programs that will support health and wellness for senior in our community. It is never too late to bring movement and strength into your daily life!
The Story of Seniors’ Centre Without Walls:
The SCS monthly calendar is full of opportunities that benefit the unique needs of older adults who are living independently in our community. This can mean providing access to specialized exercise programs, transportation and nutritional meals, and programs designed for important social interaction and connection. SCWW is a group telephone-based program that connects people to weekly social activities and welcoming voices.
As we know, social isolation and feeling left behind can lead to a myriad of health issues with a direct impact on seniors, especially during the challenge of the last two years. With support from the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO), Seniors’ Centre Without Walls became a social hub for seniors in our community. Twice a week, familiar voices meet on a group call for trivia, stories, music, special guests, or some coffee talk. There is always an abundance of laughter and warmth, and the opportunity to create a space for human connection.
If you, or someone you know, would like to join our fun group, please reach out and we can provide all the information. All you need is a phone and a comfy chair, just leave the rest to us!
For information on our weekly virtual and in-person exercise programs, or SCWW, please visit give us a call at 613-258-3203, or email [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!