Improving Rural Seniors' Mobility and Social Interaction

Rural seniors are more like to experience falls and fall-related injuries than those in urban settings. They often face social isolation and limited access to health care, transportation and other services. Existing research suggests exercise programs can help improve seniors’ functional capacity, reduce injuries and enhance social interaction. In this intervention, we will work the communities of Watrous, Young and Wolseley to establish a three-month program for seniors. It will consist of two components: a modified home-support exercise program and a group exercise program. We will look at two outcomes to determine the effectiveness of the intervention: seniors’ mobility and their social interaction.

Goals / Outcomes: The aim is to design and assess a community-based exercise intervention to support rural seniors’ mobility and social interaction. The research will contribute to a greater understanding of how to tailor a program to meet the needs of rural seniors. The findings will be published in academic journals, and the team will prepare a community report detailing how the program can be replicated in other rural communities.