Gert Hartmann
Director of Community Partnerships and Business Development 
Telephone # (519) 904-0660 ext. 4106
Charitable # 841471212 RR0001

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The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) enhances the quality of life and care of older adults through partnerships in research, education, and practice.

Program Story

Move More (Physical Activity and Mobility) 

Move More is designed for older adults who are currently the most sedentary segment of the population. The program is unconventional in that it promotes activity, in any form, throughout the day. For example, gardening, short walks, or folding laundry. Unlike traditional programs that focus on planned "exercise" or exercise classes, Move More helps break down barriers to get older adults moving. We know that sitting for most of the day impacts our health, but moving more, in any way, can counteract those negative effects. Move More has already inspired older adults to:
  • Start a dance party
  • Sport t-shirts saying "I'm a Sit Disturber"
  • Collectively walk 8 million steps, which is the distance across Canada and back
Family member testimonial about the benefits of the Move More program: "It certainly helps everybody. It boosts that energy, gets them into a better mood, and gets that cloud or fog away from their thinking process. They're thinking more positively and if they can do something like that for two minutes or five minutes a couple times a day, we never fully know the internal advantages of that in their life, but it sure makes them happy."

Donation Impact

Move More was developed with seed funding from The Cowan Foundation. Their generous gift supported the development, pilot, and initial spread of the Move More program. Move More has already touched over 1,000 older adults. Your gift will support the development and implementation of innovative programs to benefit older adults.

Giving Opportunity

We want you to live your life to the fullest - at 65, at 92, at 105. To be part of a community that embraces and honours the wisdom you've gained. To be supported by passionate, highly-trained professionals. To be independent and live life on your terms. We need your support in order to make this a reality. Ways to Give:
  • One-time donation
  • Monthly donation
  • Gifts in honour or memoriam
  • Celebrating someone special or an occasion
  • Planned giving
Your donations, big or small, are very important to the Research Institute for Aging and to older adults everywhere.