Seniors Group Exercise Programs - SMART

VON offers seniors group exercise classes — such as the SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together)® program — to community members 55 years and older or any adult living with a disability who wants to improve their strength, balance and mobility through low-impact exercise.

The exercise classes are facilitated by fitness instructors and/or volunteers who receive specialized training and ongoing education to deliver safe exercise programs for all levels of ability. Participants are encouraged to work at their own pace, wear comfortable clothing and supportive shoes. The exercises can be completed seated or standing.

Classes are delivered in the community, in retirement homes and virtually.

Many regions also offer fall prevention education as part of the group program. The education outlines strategies for maintaining independence and interventions to reduce fall risk. Please see the program listings in your region to find out more about fall prevention education.

Participants can sign themselves up for group classes or be referred by a healthcare provider, family or friend. The program is fully funded, so there is no cost to the participant

For more information on how the program is funded, please contact your local VON office.

If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer, let us know!  We provide training and support, at no cost.  No previous experience is required, just a desire to help others to become more physically active.

Benefits of our SMART program

Better health & well-being

Regular physical activity is an important part of improving strength and balance in older adults. It can help manage weight, improve heart and lung function and help prevent or manage many chronic diseases.

Social connection

SMART classes are a great opportunity to meet and connect with new people in the community.

Live independently

SMART classes improve mobility and coordination which can help prevent falls among older adults and allow them to continue living independently at home.