Elders in Motion Training
Developed by NWT Recreation & Parks Association
The Elders in Motion program aims to improve access to physical activity opportunities for Northwest Territories elders. Elders in Motion works to increase independence and functional mobility for older adults.
Contact: Brianna Krekoski email@example.com
Type of Activity: Physical activity training
Target Audience: Indigenous elders
Languages available: English, Tłı̨chǫ
Sector of Activity: Indigenous health activities
Costs: staff time, brochure printing
Suggested Action Steps to Host Activities
1. Elders in Motion Video Playlist
Follow and open the link from YouTube. View and understand the activity selected. Determine the setting of the activity (level of cognition, diversity of the audience, inclusivity, etc.). Engage with older adults by providing support and clarification on video instructions.
2. Exercise program
Tłı̨chǫ Camp Yoga was developed by staff at the Jı̀mı̀ Erasmus Ǫ̀hdaa K’èhodı̀l Kǫ̀ (Jimmy Erasmus Seniors Home) in Behchokǫ̀. It consists of a series of actions that mimic land-based activities like checking nets and chopping wood. The class, which is taught in Tłı̨chǫ, is a community-developed exercise program for older adults. Below is the first of three videos based on Tłı̨chǫ Camp Yoga.
3. Staff Training
View the What is Elders in Motion? video to learn more about the Elders in Motion Program. The program includes training and support for communities, groups and individuals interested in developing and maintaining an elder fitness group. Use this source as testimony to the effectiveness of physical activity.
Tłı̨chǫ Camp Yoga video can be used as an additional overview and staff training to the Tłı̨chǫ Camp Yoga program.
Other videos in Elders in Motion Video Playlist could also be used for staff training to show how you can adapt and create culturally relevant content.
4. Social Media campaign for the public
Social media campaigns should share the importance of listening to and caring for adults and elders. Social media and training for the public can also show how the Elders in Motion program can adapt or create cultural competence and influence fall prevention programming.
Running this activity in a virtual setting:
Host a Webinar
- You can host, schedule and record meetings with tools like Zoom and Google Hangouts which people can access from various devices. These tools also allow you to share your screen and have a real-time group chat with your attendees.
- Invite people to the webinar. Set up an event on Eventbrite and promote it through email and social media posts on platforms like Facebook or LinkedIn.
- Once people register for your event, you can send them a link to any materials they may need prior to it through email.
Host a Live Event
- Live stream the event using Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc.
Promote This Activity Online
You can share and promote an activity through social media posts and/or email. Social stories (Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat, etc.) are also a great way to share videos, visuals, polls, etc.
- If you’re sharing a social media post to promote your activity, follow best practices like using shorter captions, quality images, hashtags and a clear call-to-action.
- If you’re emailing to promote your activity, make sure your email is thorough on what the activity is about and how people can register for it. You can use free tools like Canva to customize its design.