Adapting Exercise Programs for Stroke Survivors


We will work to re-schedule as the situation evolves and it becomes appropriate to host this wonderful event.


Target Audience

This workshop is intended for community and long term care exercise providers delivering exercise programs that include stroke survivors with mild-moderate impairments. This includes, and is not limited to health promoters/trainers, restorative care, recreational therapy, PTAs, and PTs.

Program Objectives

You will have the opportunity through a practical, hands-on approach to learn how to design and implement a new fitness program or adapt an existing program to meet the needs of stroke survivors with mild-moderate impairments within your setting.

The learning objectives are:

  • To understand the possible impairments post stroke.  To understand how post stroke impairments can affect ability to exercise.
  • To understand the rationale behind exercise training and monitoring of a post stroke client.
  • To understand the Ontario Stroke Network Recommended Guidelines for the Community-Based Exercise Programs for People with Stroke and how to implement exercise programs for post stroke clients.
  • To increase awareness of existing program models and resources available to instructors.
  • To identify how to modify exercises from these programs to meet the individual needs of post stroke clients.

Presenters – Back by Popular Demand!

Jacquie Levy, PT, Clinical Specialist Neuro- Sciences and Wendy Sarsons, PT are co-owners of Action Potential Rehabilitation, a community-based physiotherapy practice that focuses on adult and paediatric neurology and clients with complex rehabilitation needs. Their special interests include the transition and reintegration of patients with multiple needs into the community and fitness programming for the disabled. They provide physiotherapy consultation and teaching to community exercise programs for these clients in Ottawa including the Special Needs Branch of the City of Ottawa, the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa, and have been invited to sit on many committees and advisory groups. They have presented workshops on developing community exercise programs for stroke survivors across Ontario. Jacquie is also a contributing author of the Guidelines for Community Based Exercise Programs for People with Stroke (2015).