Active Living for Stroke Rehabilitation

Seniors ActivatorLearn about an innovative tool to improve the outcomes for stroke clients for facilitating movement of the affected side, normalizing arm swing and gait patterns, improving balance and posture.  Find out how therapists are using the ACTIVATOR Poles (patent pending) & technique to facilitate a more normal gait pattern compared to canes, crutches and walkers and using poles with seated, standing and pre-gait exercises.

The Activator Poles by far are the most effective tool I’ve ever used! Overall It’s been great for my Rehab and great for my Recovery.  Lynn Bellanger, CVA client


  • Brief Review of evidence based studies
  • Case Studies of 2 CVA Clients
  • Activator technique for stability and balance
  • How to modify the technique for CVA clients
  • Learn about a new glove prototype for clients with limited grip strength
  • Videos of exercises for improving balance, movement and awareness of the affected side
  • Tips for exercise programs

Presenter:  Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT), MA (Gero)
Guest Speaker:  Elaine Darling, DesignAbility Coordinator, March of Dimes
Video Exercises by Cathy McNorgan, PT
Date:  Wed March 29 (noon to 12:55 EST)
Cost:  FREE

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Going uphill

Keep your poles more upright and in front of you. Lean forward slightly, and use the poles to help push you up the hill. If necessary, bend your elbows, but remember to transition back to the straight arm technique at the top of the hill
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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