Move 'n Mingle Falls Prevention Exercise Program - Calgary Zone

General Contact and Service Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Do I need a letter from my family doctor to participate in this program?
A:   No.  Once you are accepted into the program, we provide you with a letter for your doctor which describes the program. If the doctor has any concerns they can contact the program coordinator.

Q:  I am interested in setting up a Move ‘n Mingle program.  Do you have an Implementation Guide?
A:  Yes.  Contact the Program Coordinator  for information 403-863-7708.

Program Components

The Move ‘n Mingle program is made of three primary components – the Exercise (or “Move” part), the Socialization (the ‘Mingle’ part), and the Education (the “Curriculum”).

Move (Exercise)

Different from a traditional exercise class because it focuses on Fall Prevention.

Fall Prevention

  • Improve Core Stability, Postural Alignment and Centre of Gravity Control
  • Address Impaired Balance and Gait
  • Improve Lower Extremity Strength

General Exercise

  • Increase Flexibility, Muscle Strength and Endurance
  • Improve Range of Motion

Having the instructors relate how exercises make day to day activities easier helps seniors understand why they are doing them. (i.e. squats – help you get in and out of a car)

Mingle (Socialization)

Provides time for socialization. It is during this time, once per month, that the fall prevention education is delivered.

Curriculum (Education)

Made up of eight learning modules which can be delivered in 20-30 minutes and which use plain language. The lessons are designed to increase the participants’ awareness of personal and environmental fall risks, while also encouraging fun and group interaction. Each lesson module utilizes a resource bag with samples of items such as safe footwear, hip protectors, canes, night lights and assistive devices.

Program Resources

We are happy to provide access to our Move ‘n Mingle Falls Prevention Curriculum free of charge! We are interested in any suggestions and feedback you may have to make it better and more useful.

The Move ‘n Mingle Curriculum is contained in the following modules:

Related Resources

Program Outcomes

Evaluation of the Move ‘n Mingle program in 2009 demonstrated very positive results. There were significant increases in Sit-Stand testing, indicating improvement in lower body strength. The Timed Up and Go testing suggested improvement in dynamic balance.

Subjectively, participants reported increased confidence in performing activities of daily living, and they also reported that their overall health improved or was maintained. There were reported increases in the areas of balance, strength, mobility and flexibility. Many reported learning about health, exercise and fall prevention in the short and medium term.

Our Team

The Move ‘n Mingle ‘team’ is a collaborative partnership.

Alberta Health Service (AHS) provides a Program Coordinator who is responsible for site coordination and program delivery. An AHS Fall Prevention Resource Nurse delivers fall prevention education.

The City of Calgary recruits, trains and supervises the program’s fitness instructors. The City also provides some administrative support and marketing.

Other partners include various congregate housing sites, libraries, community facilities and businesses that provide space for program delivery and secured storage for program equipment.

Our Locations

To register see Move 'n Mingle Fall Prevention Exercise Program

North West

Westbourne Place
220 - 877 - 64 Ave. N.W.
Tues/Fri. 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Harris House
400 - 40 Ave. N.W.
Tues./Fri. 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Carroll Place
1540 Northmount Dr. N.W.
Monday 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m./ Friday 10:30 – 11:30

Cathedral Manor
11 Varsity Estates View N.W.
Tues./Thurs. 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

North East

Centennial Presbyterian Church
103 Pinetown Place N.E.
Mon./Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Mon./Fri. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Ladies Only
1000 Voices / Genesis Centre
7556 Falconridge Blvd N.E.
Mon 10 a.m. – 11a.m./ Friday 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mon 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. / Friday 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Columbus Manor
40 - 11A St. N.E.
Tues./Fri. 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Mountview Senior Apartments
710 - 16 Ave. N.E.
Mon./Wed. 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

South West

Friendship Manor
1923 - 33St. S.W.
Mon./Thurs. 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Bethany Village
240 Lincoln Way S.W.
Mon./Thurs. 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Jewish Community Apartments
1603 - 90 Ave. S.W.
Mon./Wed. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

South East

Alex Walker Tower
124 - 15 Ave. S.E.
Mon./Wed. 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Francis Klein Centre
240 - 92 Ave. S.E.
Mon./Thurs. 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Kanerva House/Wilkinson House
2945 - 26 Ave. S.E
Tues./Thurs. 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Ogden House Senior Club
2102 - 69 Ave. S.E.
Tues./Thurs. 11:00 am to 12:00p.m.