Activator Poles for Balance, Strength & Active Living for Older Adults

Introduce an innovative and new active living program to your independent, assisted living or skilled nursing homes!  Your residents will be thrilled with outcomes of the ACTIVATOR Program for improving balance, posture, core strengthening, mobility and flexibility.  This is an invigorating and enjoyable activity which focuses on ability vs disability.  It can also be incorporated into your home as a new seated and standing group exercise program.   Family members, friends and staff will also enjoy the opportunity to engage in an activity along with residents.  This new seminar will be taught live through our webinar platform.















-Research Review and Benefit for Older Adults (30 minutes)
-ACTIVATOR Poles and technique for stability (30 minutes)
-Assessment and Contraindications (15 minutes)
-Seated and Standing Exercise for individual and group exercise programs (15 minutes)
-Urban Poling for fitness (15 minutes)
-Quiz (15 minutes)
Approximate timelines of this course


Included in this course:

  • Certificate
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Handouts

Prerequisites:  none
physical therapists, occupational therapists, OTA, PTA, RA and recreational therapists.  This live webinar is designed for group onsite training.  There must be a minimum of 6 participants.  Participants will complete some of the practical sessions in pairs or small groups.

Date: This live webinar is provided upon request.   Please contact for more info or to request a live session.
Cost:  $169 per person.  Student fee:$99  Must be a minimum of 6 participants.
Time Required:  This is a 2 hour seminar.  You will receive a link via email to access live webinar.   Webinar consists of videos, PowerPoint Presentations with audio and demonstrations through web camera.  Participants are required to achieve 80% on the review quiz.

Note: Participants should only use this knowledge to work within their professional boundaries as determined by their association and college.

Live online seminar presented by Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT) and Gerontologist. 

Presenter Bio 

Mandy Shintani has been an occupational therapist for 30 years and has her Master’s Degree in Gerontology. She is an international conference speaker and recently presented at the International 200 years of Parkinson’s Disease Conference in Australia, the National Fall Prevention conference (Canada) and provided a poster presentation in the UK at the ACPIN Neuro conference.

Thirteen years ago, she developed the Activator Poles (patented) and technique specifically for rehabilitation based on the concept of Nordic walking.  3,500 therapists and instructors in Canada as well as Australia, UK, Ireland and USA have completed the courses she developed on the use of Nordic walking for fitness and rehabilitation. She has been featured numerous times in national media including; the Globe and Mail, CBC Early Edition and the Toronto Sun.  She was a finalist in the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Disclosure Statement:  Mandy Shintani is the developer of the ACTIVATOR Poles and technique and course, as well as the co-owner of Urban Poling Inc. that distributes and sells Activator and Urban Poles.

Cancellation Policy/Refund Policy:  Course participants can expect a full refund (minus the $25 registration fee) up to one week prior to the course.  Cancellations up to 48 hours prior to the course will receive 75% of the registration fee.  With less than 48 hours notice, 50% of the registration fee will be returned.

Winter Poling

When walking on snow covered surfaces, remove the rubber tips to expose the carbide tip which will provide better traction.  Add snow baskets to prevent the poles from sinking deep into the snow.
– Mandy Shintani, OT


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