Active Living for Older Adults & Fall Prevention

Did you know there are over 220 independent studies listed on PubMed demonstrating the benefits of Nordic walking? Benefits include key factors relating to fall prevention such as improved balance, core strength, posture, and walking tolerance, reduced impact on painful joints and increased confidence for walking.

Learn how ACTIVATOR poles (patent pending) designed by a Canadian therapist for stability can be a more effective mobility tool for older adults compared to canes and for fall prevention.


  1. Research Review – balance, strength, posture & gait. New study on Fall Prevention
  2. Comparison to Cane use
  3. Activator Technique developed for Rehab
  4. 5 seated and 5 standing exercises with poles for individual and group programs
  5. Contraindications and tips for the safe use of poles with older adults


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Presenter: Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT), MA (Gero), Urban Poling Inc.
Mandy Shintani has been an occupational therapist for 30 years and has her Master’s Degree in Gerontology. She presents at international conferences and spoke at the National Fall Prevention Conference in Canada. Mandy developed the ACTIVATOR poles (patent pending) and technique.

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