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GLA:D Canada is an 8-week education and exercise program for those with stiff and/or painful knees and/or hips or those with knee and/or hip osteoarthritis. This includes 2-3 education sessions and 12 group exercise sessions (twice a week for six weeks). Cost varies by clinic.
The Corbett Hall Student Physical Therapy Clinic is a non-profit clinic operated within the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta. Physical therapy students provide assessment and rehab under the supervision of licensed physical therapists. Referrals are not required. Services include Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Neurological Rehabilitation, Older Adult Health & Wellness, or Balance Exercise Classes. To book, call (780) 248-2070. Initial Assessment: $30; Follow-Up Appointments: $20. Group Classes: $10.
If your family physician is a member of a Primary Care Network, they can refer you to the services available at their site. Services may vary site by site.
The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council has a Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults, which provides a list of activities for adults 55+ in the Edmonton area.
SAGE (Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton) provides a Directory of Senior Services outlining several different programs for seniors.
STEP Forward (The Supervised Transitional Exercise Program) is an 8-week beginner to intermediate physical group conditioning program. Sessions are offered throughout Edmonton and the surrounding area (including Sherwood Park and St. Albert). For more information or to self-refer, please call the STEP Forward line at (780) 735-3483.
Your physician or a physical therapist at the Edmonton Bone and Joint Centre can give you a Prescription To Get Active to receive limited free access at participating community recreation facilities. There are also a number of online resources to get you moving.
Many community centres and gyms offer exercise classes geared toward novice exercisers or older adults. These sessions may include low impact cardiovascular exercise, general strength, balance and agility.