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Community Volunteer Shares her Passion for Fitness to Help Local Seniors

November 30, 2015, Waterloo – Joanne Maxwell, Care Coordinator at Waterloo Wellington CCAC knows the role exercise plays in helping seniors live independently at home, where they want to be. For the past 12 months, Joanne has shared her passion for fitness by volunteering her time to bring a local, in-home, gentle exercise program to seniors who struggle with diminished strength mobility and balance. 

Why? Because as a CCAC Care Coordinator and nurse, Joanne knows that every ten minutes in Ontario a senior visits an emergency department because of a fall, and every 30 minutes a senior is admitted to hospital because of a fall.  

"A fall can be devastating to the quality of life for a senior" says Maxwell. "I'm thrilled to be able to give back to my community by sharing my passion for fitness with those who can really benefit from its effects."

Each week over the course of the 12 week program, Joanne visits her clients for a 60 – 90 minute exercise session and provides an exercise plan that can easily be incorporated into their daily routine. Joanne chooses the exercises specifically with seniors in mind, to help build strength in performing daily activities safely - getting in and out of the car, putting dishes away, toileting, to name a few. The program is particularly helpful for those seniors who do not need physiotherapy but can benefit from simple in-home exercise. 

Waterloo Resident, Margaret McDonald appreciates Joanne's commitment to her community. Living with symptoms of Parkinson Disease for the past six years, McDonald says "With my condition, it's so important to keep moving; Joanne was my angel, coming to my home, motivating me, teaching me exercises that helped to build my strength and my confidence. Her weekly visits were a welcomed addition to my day."

It is well known that exercise can improve mood, reduce pain and contribute to an overall better quality of life. "Volunteering gives me the opportunity to make a difference to the health and wellness of my community" says Maxwell. "But what I love most is giving seniors, especially those who live alone, the opportunity to socialize - often, I'll take clients for a short walk to warm up, it's a chance to connect on a very different level."

The vison of the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre (WWCCAC) is to provide outstanding care, to every person every day and to help people reach their optimal health at home which is where they've told us they want to be. The gentle exercise program can be accessed by contacting the Waterloo Wellington CCAC at 310 CCAC (2222).

"The WWCCAC is fortunate to have Joanne Maxwell as one of our dedicated and compassionate Care Coordinators. She truly embraces our vision, both at work and in her personal life. She personifies our values and shares our deepest commitment to helping our community live independently at home." Dale Clement, CEO, Waterloo Wellington CCAC.


About the Waterloo Wellington CCAC

The Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) connects people with services, helps them get home from hospital and stay home safely, helps them find a place in a long-term care home, and much more. The CCAC works in partnership with hospitals, family doctors, community agencies and others to help patients get the right care at the right time and place. Every day the CCAC helps some 17,000 people in our community.


Interviews available with:

Joanne Maxwell

For more information please contact:
Danielle Van Duzer
Director, Communications
519.748.2222 ext. 5623

About the CCAC

Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) connect people across Ontario with quality in‐home and community‐based health care. CCACs provide information, access to qualified care providers and community‐based services to help people come home from hospital or live independently at home.