GET TO KNOW
THE FOUNDER OF STRONGERU SENIOR FITNESS
For nearly a decade, StrongerU Senior Fitness was just an idea. Emily initially wanted to be a dentist, but a volunteer opportunity during university opened her eyes to working with older adults. It wasn't long before she quickly realized that it was her calling to serve this incredible demographic. This became the beginning of her career in community chronic disease management working with individuals performing cardiac rehab, recovering from stroke, battling and recovering from cancer, Parkinson's Disease, and more. She then discovered a career in senior living where she worked as a Life Enrichment Assistant, Manager, and a Regional Manager supporting a team of 49 senior-serving professionals. It was in these two previous roles where Emily realized the widespread need for StrongerU Senior Fitness.
We often associate aging with chronic disease, falls, frailty, and dementia, yet, research shows that it doesn't need to be. Through the StrongerU Senior Fitness Instructor Course and sharing her knowledge through educational presentations, Emily is debunking common misconceptions related to aging and exercise and showing that many of the negative consequences associated with aging are actually due to inactivity.
StrongerU Senior Fitness was developed to benefit more than just the physical. The unique and dynamic programming uses a holistic approach to strengthen wellness' physical, intellectual, social, emotional, vocational, and spiritual dimensions.
A NEW APPROACH TO SENIOR FITNESS
SHARING HER VISION
Emily has shared her vision and education with activity, recreation, fitness, and senior living professionals through numerous conference and webinar presentations, podcasts, articles, and more.
Here are just a few of pieces she has been featured in:
CONFERENCES + EVENTS
Emily is a frequent guest speaker at conferences, events, post-secondary institutions, and for a variety of organizations:
Therapeutic Recreation Ontario Conference
June 22nd at 11:00 a.m. ET: “Brain and Body Fitness: Tackling the Two Headed Dragon of Healthy Aging”
Recreation Professionals of Ontario
May 24th at 12:30 p.m. ET “Advancing and Adapting Your Senior Fitness Programming”
International Council on Active Aging Conference, Leadership Summit and Expo
November 9th at 4:30 p.m ET “Partners, Teams, & Groups, Oh My!: Social Fitness Experiences”
Emily's session at the 2021 ATRA Conference:
4.86 out of 5
on average in participant feedback.
"Thank you. That was an excellent session. Lots to take back to work!"
"That was the fastest hour yet... she managed to get her main points across in that record time. well done"
"I have had certifications in the past but at times still feel
uncomfortable teaching classes, especially with seniors with dementia. I
love the topics beyond physical program design!"
"Very knowledgeable presenter. Learned a lot!"
"Wonderful session. Emily is a great advocate for wellness!"
"She managed to cover all her basis clearly in that 1 hour. Was engaging.
I would look at signing up StrongerU if I was in charge of exercise."
"Top on my list - well done"
“I gained so much valuable information from this session! Great stuff!”
2021 TRO Webinar Feedback:
95% voted YES
100% voted YES
when asked if they'd like to attend other sessions on the topic of senior fitness.
when asked if they would recommend the StrongerU Senior Fitness session to others.
2021 GTRA Conference feedback:
a perfect score on
6 out of 7 questions
and 97% rating on the 7th question.