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Apr omi si ng newcar eer

f ort hosewhowantt oempowerseni or s t ot hr i vei nt hei rgol denyear s wel l nessi nhand. or g


s e ni or swe l l ne s s pr a c t i t i one r ?

W HATI SA

ASeni orWel l nes sPr ac t i t i oneri saver y s pec i alper s on. Seni or sWel l nes sPr ac t i t i oner sa r es pec i a l l yt r a i ned t owor kwi t hi ndi vi dua l s eni or st ohel pt hem devel op a ndi mpl emental i f es t yl es t r a t egyt ha ti sc us t omi z ed t ot hei runi queneedsa ndc i r c ums t a nc es . Thegoa l s c hper s onma yva r y , butt heygener a l l yc over : ofea

Toe mpowerseni or s “ andsuppor tt hem t ol i veal i f eofqual i t y andmeani ngi s ” anobl epur pose.

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Hel pi ngs eni or st or ema i ni ndependent– •wi t hc onfidenc e. i nga c t i vea ndhea l t hyt odel a yorpr event •cBoemmo ns eni orhea l t hc ondi t i ons . eni ort ot r a ns c endc hr oni chea l t h •cSounpdpiotirotninsgatnhdeismp l ementa c t i vi t i est ha twi l l enha nc et hei rqua l i t yofl i f ea ndbui l ds el f es t eem. Hel pi ngt oempowert hem.


Gi veamanafishand “ youf eedhi mf oraday. Teachamantofishand

youf eedhi mf oral i f et i me. ” –Chi nesePr over b

Thek eydyna mi ct ha tt a k espl a c ebet weenaSeni or s Wel l nes sPr ac t i t i onera ndt hei rs eni orc l i enti st ha tt he c oa c hi st her et oc oa c ha nds uppor t–not“ do”f ort he c l i ent . I t ’ sc r i t i c a l t ha tt hec l i entt a k et hes t epst ha tha ve beena gr eedupon–byt hems el ves .

Ther ear e2r eas onsf ort hi s : Seni or ’ ss el f es t eem gr owswhent heydot hi ngs 1f ort hems el vesa ndt heyexper i enc es ma l l a nd

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bi gs uc c es s es . Tha ti nners a t i s f a c t i oni sdeni ed whens omeoneel s ei sdoi ngever yt hi ngf ort hem a ndi tc r ea t esa nunhea l t hydependenc y oughef f ec t i vec ommuni c a t i ona ndc oa c hi ngs k i l l s r el a t i ons hi p. I t ’ sa l s oa boutempower i ngt hes eni or Thr -a ndat hor oughunder s t a ndi nga nda ppr ec i a t i on t or ec ogni z et ha tt her ea r et hi ngst heyc a ndot o o f wh a t i t ’ s l i k e t o l i v e wi t h c e r t a i n c h r o n i c h e a l t h i mpr ovet hemea ni nga ndqua l i t yoft hei rownl i ves . c ondi t i ons , t heSeni or sWel l nes sPr ac t i t i onerf or ms ac ompr ehens i vepi c t ur eof wha tma k esea c hc l i ent I ns pi t eofa l l t hec a r ea nds uppor ts eni or sget uni que. Not wos eni or sa r eexa c t l ya l i k ea ndi t ’ st he ona nongoi ngba s i s , i tonl yr epr es ent sa bout1 0% a b i l i t y t o r e l a t e t o t h e s e n i o r a s a u n i q u e i n d i v i d u a l oft hei rt i me. Tha tmea nst ha ts eni or sha vet oexi s t ha ti st heba s i sofas uc c es s f ul c oa c hi ngr el a t i ons hi p. ont hei rownf or90% oft het i me, s oi t ’ sbet t ert ha t t t heyma i nt a i nt hec onfidenc ea nda bi l i t yt odo t hi ngsf ort hems el ves .

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Massagesati sfies “ ani nnerneedand

connect speopl et o t hemsel vesandt he wor l dar oundt hem. ”

ona t et ouc hi saf undament alneed Thef oundat i ons er vi c eofa Compassi orhumanbei ng s–andseni or ss pec i fic a l l y . Ma ny Seni or sWel l nes sPr act i t i oner f s eni or sl a c kc ompa s s i ona t et ouc hduet oas pous e i sapor t abl echai rmas s age passi ngon, f a mi l ybei nga tadi s t a nc e, ornof a mi l y s er vi c et hat ’ sbr oughtt ot he andf r i endsa ta l l . s eni orcl i enteachweek . Saf eandr es pec t f ulmas s ag et ouc hs a t i s fies pss eni or sf eel c onnec t ed ani nt er nalneedandhel

wi t ht hewor l da r oundt hem. Ther egul a rma s s a ge hel pswi t hongoi ngwel l nes sneedss uc ha si mpr ovi ng c i r c ul a t i on, c opi ngwi t hc hr oni cpa i na ndenha nc i ng t hei rba l a nc ea nds t a bi l i t y . I ta l s oes t a bl i s hesal evel oft r us ta ndc onfidenc ebet weent heSeni or sWel l nes s Pr ac t i t i onera ndt hei rc l i ent ; a ndi t ’ sf r om t hi s f ounda t i ont ha tt heSeni or sWel l nes sPr ac t i t i oner r el a t i ons hi pi si ni t i a t ed.

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THE

Vi t a l i t y P L US Coa c hi ng Sys t e m ®

Agoodcoachasks “ gr eatquest i onst o

empowert hecl i ent t ofindt hei r ownanswer s. ”

Thi suni quec oa c hi ngs ys t em i sdes i gnedt oi dent i f y t hea r ea sofas eni or sl i f et ha ta r emos ta ndl ea s t ba l a nc ed-wi t hi ns i xk eya r ea sr el a t edt owel l bei ng. Onc et hec l i entha sdi s c over edt hea r ea st ha the/ s he i sr ea dyt oi mpr ove, t heSeni or sWel l nes sPr ac t i t i oner begi nst hepr oc es sof wor k i ngwi t ht hec l i entt o s etgoa l si nt hos ea r ea sa ndwor kt hr oughobs t a c l es t ha tma ypr eventt hegoa l sf r om bei ngr ea c hed. Thi ss i mpl eyett r a ns f or ma t i vepr oc es sf or mst he ba s eoft hec oa c hi ngexper i enc e, a ndunf ol dsover aper i odof week s , mont hs , a ndevenyea r sa st he t woc ont i nuet owor kt oget her .

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Ourcur r ent“ acut ecar e” “ heal t hcar esyst em i s

unsust ai nabl e.Wemust maket heshi f tt o“ wel l ness andpr event i on. ”

W HYI STHEREADEMAND FOR

s e ni or swe l l ne s s s e r vi c e s ?

T ounder s t a ndt hec ur r enta ndgr owi ngdema ndf or Seni or sWel l nes ss er vi c es , i t ’ sbes tt ol ooka tt hes t a t e oft hec ur r enthea l t hc a r es ys t em –how i tdea l swi t h s eni or sa ndt hena ddi nt hef unda ment a l c ha nges t ha ta r eoc c ur r i ngduet ot heBa byBoom gener a t i on ent er i ngt hei rr et i r ementyea r s .

t ooexpens i ve; a ndwi t ht heenor mouspopul a t i on ofBa byBoom s eni or sc omi ngup, i t ’ sfina nc i a l l y uns us t a i na bl e. Asar es ul t , Pr ovi nc esha venoc hoi c e butt os hi f tt oa“ wel l nes sa ndpr event i onmodel ” ofhea l t hc a r e.

Anot hernega t i veofour“ a c ut ec a r e”s ys t em i s Ourc ur r enthea l t hc a r es ys t em i sba s edona n“ a c ut e t ha ti tt r ea t ss eni or sa st hei rdi s ea s efir s t , a nda s c a r emodel ” . Del i ver edt hr oughahos pi t a l net wor k , our a ni ndi vi dua l s ec ond. Thes eni ori sdefinedbyt hei r hea l t hc a r es ys t em i sdes i gnedt odea l wi t ht r a uma t i c di s ea s eorc hr oni cc ondi t i ona ndt hel i mi t a t i ons i nj ur ya nds hor tt er m di s ea s epr oc es s es . Thi si si dea l t ha tgoa l ongwi t hi t . Adependenc yr el a t i ons hi p f ordea l i ngwi t hvi c t i msofs er i ousc a rc r a s hesa nd i sc r ea t edwher et hes eni ori st ol dwha tt heyc a n peopl eexper i enc i nghea r ta t t a c k s . Wewa ntour a ndc a n’ tdo, bec a us es omeonei na ut hor i t yha s medi c a l per s onnel t obewel l t r a i neda nda bl et o t ol dt hem t hei rbes tl i k el yout c ome. Thi si sbot h dea l wi t ht hes ea c ut ec r i s esi nat i mel ya ndef f ec t i ve di s empower i nga nddi s r es pec t f ul . Nowonder ma nner . depr es s i ona nda nxi et ya f f ec t sahi ghper c ent a ge ofs eni or s ! Wheni tc omest odea l i ngwi t ht hegener a l hea l t h c a r eneedsofs eni or s , wemovea wa yf r om a n “ a c ut ec a r ef oc us ”t oa“ c hr oni cc a r ef oc us ”a ndour c ur r ents ys t em i snots etupt odea l wi t ht hi s . I t ’ s

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Oneoft hes pec i alt hi ng st ha taSeni or sWel l nes s s es s i ong i vest hec l i enti s“ qual i t yt i me”and t her es pec tt ober ec og ni z edasani ndi vi dual humanbei ng . Gener a l l ys pea k i ng, ours oc i et ydoes n’ tha vet i me f ors eni or sa ndt hehea l t hc a r es ys t em i sbutone exa mpl e. Wel l mea ni nghea l t hc a r epr ovi der sa r e f or c edt odel i vers er vi c esi n1 5mi nut ei nc r ement sa nd t henmoveont ot henextpa t i ent .

Ther ei sgoodnewst hough. . . andnow wewel c omet heBabyBoom Seni or s ! Ca na di a nsbor nbet ween1 946a nd1 965r epr es entt he Ba byBoom Gener a t i on–t hel a r ges tpopul a t i ongr oup i nCa na di a nhi s t or y . Thi spopul a t i ongr oupdwa r f st hes i z eoft hec ur r ent gener a t i onofs eni or sa ndt heya l s oha veva s t l y di f f er entexpec t a t i onsa ndbel i ef sa boutt hei r r et i r ementyea r st ha nt hos eoft hei rpa r ent s . Theya l s o c ont r ol t hel a r ges tbl oc kofpur c ha s i ngpoweri nt he c ount r y . Thi smea nst heBa byBoomer swi l l ha vea n enor mousi mpa c tonf ut ur ebuyi ngt r ends .

TheBa byBoomer s “ ar eher eandt heyar e changi ngever yt hi ng! ”

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TheBabyBoomer s ,unl i k et hei rpar ent s , under s t andandappr ec i a t et hebenefit sof heal t handwel l nes s . Ma nyha vea l r ea dyi nc or por a t edma s s a gea nd ot herwel l nes ss er vi c esi nt ot hei rl i vesa ndt heywi l l c ont i nuet odos ot hr oughoutt hei rr et i r ementyea r s . Theya l s oha vever yhi ghexpec t a t i onsf ort he“ qua l i t y” oft hei rr et i r ementyea r s . Theywon’ tbes a t i s fied l i vi ngoutt hei ryea r si nanur s i nghome. They’ r ea l s o s k ept i c a l ofahea l t hc a r es ys t em t ha tonl ypr omot es pha r ma c eut i c a l sa st hebes twa yt odea l wi t hc hr oni c hea l t hc ondi t i ons .


TheBabyBoomer swant “

i veasheal t hyand t ol

act i vear et i r ementl i f est yl e aspossi bl e. ”

Thepoweroft hei nt er nethasc r ea t eda new g ener a t i ont ha ti swi l l i ngt os pendt he t i meeduc a t i ngt hems el vesonwa yst ol i ve aheal t hyandvi br antr et i r ementl i f es t yl e. Theya r ea l s omuc hmor eopent oi nc or por a t i nga c ompr ehens i vea ppr oa c ht ot hei rownhea l t hc a r e. TheBa byBoomer swi l l bea ggr es s i vel ys eek i ng outa ndpur c ha s i ngpr oduc t sa nds er vi c est ha twi l l l egi t i ma t el ys uppor tt hem t ol i vet hemos ta c t i ve a ndhea l t hyr et i r ementl i f es t yl epos s i bl e.

Thepur chas i ngpoweref f ectoft he BabyBoomer sc annotbeover s t at ed -i t ’ senor mousandver ypower f ul . I t ’ sef f ec twi l l bef el ti nanumberofa r ea s-a nd i npa r t i c ul a r , r et i r ementhous i nga ndwel l nes s pr oduc t sa nds er vi c es . Att hi spoi nti nt i me, wea r ewor k i ngpr edomi na nt l y wi t ht hepa r ent soft heBa byBoomer s . Thi sc ur r ent gener a t i onofs eni or sa r ea c t i veus er sofours eni or wel l nes sma s s a ges er vi c ea ndt heyva l uet he s uppor tt ha ts eni orwel l nes ss er vi c esgi vet hem. I nma nyc a s es , i t ’ st heBa byBoom s onorda ught er t ha tenc our a gest hei rpa r ent ( s )t oi nc or por a t e s eni orwel l nes si nt ot hei rl i ves . Aswemovet hr ought hi st r a ns i t i onper i od, we wi l l begi nt owor kmor ea ndmor ewi t ht heBa by Boomer st hems el ves . Whent ha tha ppenst he floodga t esofdema ndwi l l openup!

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W HATDOESI TTAKETO BECOMEA

s e ni or swe l l ne s s pr a c t i t i one r ? I nor dert obec omeana t i ona l l yr ec ogni z edSeni or s Wel l nes sPr ac t i t i oner , i ndi vi dua l sa r er equi r edt o c ompl et eac er t i fic a t i ont r a i ni ngpr ogr a mr ec ogni z ed byt heSeni orWel l nes sAl l i anc eofCanada.

Seni or sWel l ness “ Pr act i t i oner smust adher et ot he

hi ghestst andar ds. ”

s eni or wel l nes s al l i anc e. or g Thi si sana t i ona l or ga ni z a t i onwi t ht hes t a t edpur pos e ofes t a bl i s hi nga ndma i nt a i ni ngc er t i fic a t i ona nd c ompl i a nc es t a nda r dsf orSeni or sWel l nes sPr ac t i t i oner s i nCa na da . I ta l s opr ovi dess eni or sa ndt hei rf a mi l i es wi t ha c c es st ot hemos tc ur r enti nf or ma t i ona nd r es ea r c hons eni orwel l nes sa ndi tbr i ngst oget her t houghtl ea der sa ndi ndus t r ypa r t ner swi t ht he c ommona i m ofeduc a t i nga ndpr omot i ngt he benefit sofs eni orwel l nes st ot heCa na di a npubl i c .

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W HATDOESTHE

s e ni or swe l l ne s s pr a c t i t i one r PROGRAM I NCLUDE?

DI PL OMAPROGRAM Her ei sal i s tofs omeoft hes ubj ec ta r ea st ha ta r e t a ughti nSeni or sWel l nes sPr ac t i t i onerCer t i fic a t i on Pr og r ams : Ag i ng :L ea r nt hel a t es ts c i enc ea nd •aHnecailetnhtywi s dom ont het opi cofa gi nggr a c ef ul l y t oenj oyma xi mum vi t a l i t yi nl a t erl i f e. a ti t ’ sl i k et ol i vewi t h •Uchnrdoenrisctahnedailnthgcwh ondi t i onss uc has :di a bet es , dement i a , a r t hr i t i s , c onges t i vehea r tc ondi t i on, hi ghbl oodpr es s ur e, depr es s i ona nda nxi et y , pos t s t r ok ea ndc hr oni cpa i n.

Seni or sWel l ness “ Pr act i t i oner s

l ear ntoseethei r

cl i ent sasuni que, compl exi ndi vi dual s. ”

•UnderstandingElderAbuse •UnderstandingDeath&Grieving •EffectiveSeniorsCommunicationSkills •EffectiveSeniorsWellnessCoachingSkills r ehens i veawar enes sofa vai l abl es eni or •Cproomp g r amsandc ompl ement ar ys eni orc ar e s er vi c esi nt hec ommuni t y vel opi nganet wor kofe xper t sand •Dcoemp l i ment ar ypr ac t i t i oner si nyour alar eat or ef ert oc l i ent s l oc

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RETURN ON I NVESTMENT:

Re pa y i ngy oure duc a t i onc os t s

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CAREEROPPORTUNI TI ESASA

s e ni or swe l l ne s s pr a c t i t i one r Seni or sWel l nes sPr ac t i t i oner swor ki nmanys et t i ng s . Y ouwi l l findt hem wor k i ngwi t hs eni or si nr et i r ement c ommuni t i es–a ta l l l evel sofc a r e, i ns eni ora c t i vi t y c ent er s , a ndi ns eni or ’ spr i va t er es i denc es–hous es , c ondosa nda pa r t ment s . Thek eyt ot hes er vi c ei st he mobi l i t yt opr ovi det hes er vi c ewher evers eni or sa r e mos tc omf or t a bl e. Mos tSeni or sWel l nes ss er vi c esa r eba s edona mi ni mum ofones es s i onperweek , ont hes a me da yea c hweek–f or1t o1 . 5hour sperc l i ent . Thi s i nc l udest het i mes eta s i def ort hec ha i rma s s a ge s es s i ona ndpr a c t i c i ngt i me. Thes t a nda r dr a t ei s $80/ houri nvoi c edt ot hec l i ent–onemont hi n a dva nc e. F orc l i ent swhowoul dl i k emor es es s i ons perweekapr ef er r edhour l yr a t ec a nbegi ven.

Ther ear et womai nempl oyment opt i onsf orpr ac t i t i oner s : wor kf ort hems el vesOR • wor kf orac ompa nyt ha twi l l pr ovi de • t hem wi t hc l i ent s . Thos ewhowor kf ort hems el veswi l l ma k et hef ul l hour l yr evenue, l es sexpens est or una ndma r k ett hei r bus i nes s . Thos ewhowoul dpr ef ert owor ka sac oa c h empl oyeewi l l bel ook i nga ta nhour l yr a t eof$40a nd t hei rc l i ent swi l l bepr ovi dedf ort hem overt i me.

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r ki ngwi t h “Wo Seni or si st he

f ast estgr owi ng ar eai nheal t h &wel l ness. ”


EARNI NG POTENTI ALOFA

s e ni or s we l l ne s s pr a c t i t i one r

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W HO I SBESTSUI TED TO BEA

s e ni or swe l l ne s s pr a c t i t i one r ? GREATQUAL I TI ES Her ei sal i s tofqua l i t i est ha tma k eagr ea t Seni or sWel l nes sPr ac t i t i oner :

•Haveacompassionatenature •Begoodlistener •Beagoodproblem solver r i endl yper s onwhol i k es •Btoecaofmmu ni c a t ewi t hpeopl e eel sgood “Itf t oknow you’ r e

maki ngadi f f er ence. ”

s omeonewhoval uest hebenefit s •Bofema s s ag ea ndwel l nes sa ndenj oys i nt er a c t i ngwi t hpeopl ea tt hel evel ofc ompa s s i ona t et ouc h.

anobvi ousheal t h •Bcoenadbilteiotnoalonodksbeeeytohned“wh ol e”per s on–

t hei rper s ona l i t y , c ha r a c t er , bel i ef s , i nt er es t s , t emper a ment , l i k es / di s l i k es , t hei rhi s t or ya nd t hei rdr ea ms .

es omeonewhobel i evesi t ’ sbet t ert o •Bemp owers omeonewi t hef f ec t i vet ool s a nds t r uc t ur et ha na ut oma t i c a l l ydoi ng ever yt hi ngf ort hem.

onewhobel i eveswec andoa •Bbeetstoerme j obf ors eni or sa ndhel pt hem t r a ns c end t hei rhea l t hc ondi t i onsa ndot herc ha l l enges– a ndwa t c ht hem t hr i ve.

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FORTHOSECURRENTL YI N THE

he a l t hc a r epr of e s s i on Qual i t y, “ One-on-Onet i me. ”

F orma nyhea l t hc a r epr ovi der s , t heywer ea t t r a c t ed t ot hei ndus t r ywi t ht hedes i r et oc a r ef orot her sa nd s ha r et hei rc ompa s s i ona t eper s ona l i t i es . Theyqui c k l y f oundoutt ha tt hehea l t hc a r ei ndus t r ydoes n’ ta l wa ys a f f or dt hem t he“ qua l i t yt i me”t heywoul dl i k et os pend wi t hea c hper s on.

Manypr ovi der sar er equi r edt owor kwi t h20 t o25s eni or sandt he yha vet oc ompl et et hei r dut i esi nas pec i fiedt i me. Thi sr ac et ot he c l oc kc r ea t esas t r es s f ul wor kenvi r onment andpr event st heper s onalt i met he ywoul d l i k ewi t ht hei rc l i ent s . Bec omi ngaSeni or sWel l nes sPr ac t i t i oneri sa bout c r ea t i ngawor kenvi r onmentwi t h“ qua l i t yt i me”wi t h ea c hc l i ent . Thi si sac ha nc ef orhea l t hc a r epr ovi der s t or ek i ndl et hepa s s i ont heys t a r t edwi t h.

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c onc l u s i on Wear ei nt hebeg i nni ngofawonder f ul s hi f ti nhowweeng ag eandi nt er ac twi t h ours eni orpopul a t i on. Theda ysofdefini ngs eni or sbyt hei rhea l t h c ondi t i onsi snow gi vi ngwa yt oadi f f er ent model t ha tva l uess eni or sa suni quei ndi vi dua l s whoha ppent ol i vewi t hc er t a i nhea l t h c ondi t i ons . I ti sa l s oa boutr ec ogni z i ngs eni or s f ort heva l uedmember sofours oc i et yt heya r e a ndenc our a gi ngt hem t os ha r et hei rgi f t sa nd s t a yc onnec t edwi t ht hei rc ommuni t i es .

omi nga “BeSce ni or sWel l ness

Pr act i t i oneri sabout maki ngal i vi ng whi l emaki ng adi f f er ence. ”

Bec omi ngaSeni or sWel l nes sPr ac t i t i oner i saboutmak i ngal i vi ngmak i ngadi f f er enc e. W er ec ogni z et ha tea c hs eni ori sauni que huma nbei ng–a ndwi t hpr operc oa c hi nga nd s uppor twec a nhel ps eni or sr ec ogni z et hei rown va l uea ndhel pt hem i mpr ovet hei rqua l i t yofl i f e t i l l t heendoft hei rda ys !

I f youwoul dl i k ef ur t heri nf or ma t i onon bec omi ngaSeni or sWel l nes sPr ac t i t i oner , wel l nes s i nhand. or g vi s i twww. a ndc a l l 1 8007 920452.

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