Daily Dozen

Hallway Exercise Stations for Senior Residents
The project is intended for seniors, many of whom are low income and new Canadians who speak limited English. Many of them live with physical challenges.
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Daily Dozen –

Hallway Exercise Stations for Senior residents

The idea for this project originated with participants in group exercise classes in their building. Participation in these classes contributes to seniors’ sense of belonging and reduces their social isolation. This project will support these seniors to engage in physical activity during the days that their class is not held. In addition, this project will reach seniors who are unable to attend the classes and will facilitate social interaction during the hallway walking routine.

Project description

Our project, Daily Dozen is a set of 12 carefully selected exercises for seniors promoting regular physical activity.

The concept was inspired by Silvana Valentone and conceived by Barbara Campbell, who felt that an easy set of exercises posted within the hallways of Ottawa Community Housing residences would motivate seniors to engage in a regular hall walking program supplemented by the Daily Dozen.

The exercises are based on Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines for Seniors and were selected by Ms. Campbell and Dr. Rolfe. Iwona Buziak-Mohamed, a visual artist, designed the posters and has tested them with seniors. Posters would be displayed in the hallways of Ottawa Senior Residences.

Daily Dozen targets seniors seeking ways to be physically active, particularly during the cold winter, humid summer months and during inclement weather.

The Daily Dozen is intended to supplement a daily hall walking routine.

Each exercise is visually represented on a poster, which is laminated and mounted permanently on the wall.

Daily Dozen Model

Julianna Buziak is 69 years old today (21 May-2018) Happy Birthday, Julianna. She is physically active. Besides exercising daily she bikes,  swims and walks. She never drove a car, a bicycle is her only transportation. She is the model for the Daily Dozen Hallway Exercise Stations for Seniors Residents. She is also my mother.