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Thrive Where You Are – an exercise therapy video series for older adults

Thrive Where You Are – an exercise therapy video series for older adults

Status: Ongoing

Cleveland United States of America
Print this page City population: 39011317.8% over 60Practice started in 2015


With support from Cleveland State University’s (CSU) Office of Civic Engagement, the Cleveland Department of Aging and CSU’s Physical and Occupational Therapy programs collaborated to produce an instructional exercise therapy video series for older adults. The video features four Cleveland seniors demonstrating exercises that can be done from a bed, chair or standing. Each exercise focuses on strengthening the muscles required for movements used in daily living activities. The exercises are done under the guidance of physical and occupational therapy graduate students. The video was filmed at CSU’s therapy lab with a bathroom, kitchen and bedroom setting. Each exercise focuses on progression of strength and skill, offering variations as the senior advances. One of the featured seniors described the video series as the “bridge to help you get moving again”. The series will broadcast on TV20, the city’s TV station. It will also be available on CSU’s website, the city’s website and various social media sites. This Age Friendly Practice brings a community support to individuals who may be socially isolated. It will be accessible to any Cleveland resident with basic cable service on their television. Each video ends with Department of Aging staff encouraging viewers to contact the department for additional information about medical costs, transportation, nutrition resources and exercise options.


Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Other target group(s): Home-bound older adults

Sector(s): Health

Desired outcome for older people:
Be mobile

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Accessibility
  • Intergenerational activities

Other Issues: Maintaining Independence, Aging in Place

Contact details

Name: McNamara, Mary

Email address:

Preferred language(s): English

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