Canadian Installation of Motion Wellness

CanadianInstallation2A Canadian first seniors’ playground aim to reduce falls among seniors and individuals with varying disabilities and mobility problems.

Breton Ability Center of Sydney, NS and Xccent Fitness of Wyoming, MN, revealed today the first Canadian installation of Xccent’s breakthrough Motion Wellness Systems especially developed to engage body & mind connection, independency and brain stimulation.  The Motion Wellness Systems can also function as an assessment and training tool for fall prevention among seniors and residences with varying disabilities and mobility problems.

Seniors’ and limited mobility individual’s fall-related injuries are silent killers.  The WHO (World Health organization) statistics indicate that one-third of people aged 65 years and over typically fall once or more each year.  Falls are the most common cause of injury and the 6th leading cause of death for seniors; almost half of admissions to long-term care facilities are fall-related.

“Most of us have heard of a senior who has fallen, been injured and suffered devastating effects: disability, chronic pain, loss of independence and a lesser quality of life.  Such falls not only alter the course of aging, they also have serious repercussions on the lives of family and friends, and on Canada’s public health resources.” says David Butler-Jones, MD, Chief Public Health Officer Public Health Agency of Canada.

“Recognizing that falls are one of the most costly and complex injury issues facing seniors, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) will support and promote research, policies and programs to prevent seniors’ falls.” concludes Mr. Butler-Jones.

“Falls are caused by a lack of balance or an inability to recover balance.” says Nadine Hubley, Xccent Representative in Atlantic Canada. “There are many factors that can influence balance, including some age-related body, physical and mental health problems, and environmental trip hazards.  Physicians, nurses and care givers often interact with older adult or disabled patients who have experienced a fall or fall-related event, yet there are few validated tools readily available to assess the nature of the risk and guide the application of proven fall prevention strategies.” concludes Hubley.

“We are excited to build our first Canadian outdoor facility at the Breton Ability Center.  This is a great opportunity for us to partner with a dynamic and leading organization that is committed to providing quality services and supports to people of varying disabilities.” says Nadine.

Harman Singh, M.A., R. Psych Executive Director Breton Ability Centre, “We are excited to have the first Motion Wellness System in Canada, our staff members are thrilled to have this wonderful play structure that will provide our residence not just the opportunity to have fun outdoors but also to improve their healthy active living, mobility and balance through play.” 

The Breton Ability Centre will launch the system during its Annual Garden Party on June 20th.  This will be a great opportunity for individuals who reside at Breton Ability Centre and others in the community to come together with the broader community to get to know one another and share in many activities and events. 

Xccent encourages senior home communities, care facilities, senior centers, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and hospitals to implement Motion Wellness Systems and encourage senior residents and patients to use it daily.  Motion Wellness Systems can be installed outdoors as well as indoors.  With more than 700 systems installed in Europe, USA and Mexico in the last 3 years we predict that many more Motion Wellness Systems will be installed in Canada in upcoming years.

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