Danielle Bouchard

Biography | Biographie

Danielle R. Bouchard is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at UNB Fredericton. She is also the co-Director of the CELLAB. Her main research area is clinical exercise physiology among older adults and the population living with chronic conditions. She published 85 peer-review articles so far and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. Most of her current funding is to design, test and implement community exercise programs for older adults.

Danielle R. Bouchard est professeure agrégée à la Faculté de kinésiologie à l’UNB Fredericton. Elle est aussi co-directrice du CELLAB. Son domaine de recherche principal est la physiologie de l’exercice clinique chez les aînés et les populations vivant avec des maladies chroniques. Elle a publié 85 articles revus par les pairs et fait partie du comité de rédaction du Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. La plupart de son financement actuel vise à concevoir, tester et mettre en œuvre des programmes d’exercices communautaires pour les aînés.

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Zoomers on the Go | Zoomers en mouvement

Zoomers on the Go is a peer-led exercise program aiming to reduce the risk of falls offered to adults aged 50 years and older. It is a 12-week program with three sessions of 60 minutes each. The program emphasizes balance, resistance training, and flexibility activities. Since 2017, the effectiveness and implementation of peer-led exercises have been evaluated. The research has shown a significant reduction of predictors of falls. Since we have about 1500 individuals, who have participated in the program in 18 municipalities of NB, 55 leaders are now certified to offer the program. Online and in-person delivery was also evaluated since the program shifted to online delivery with the COVID-19 pandemic. Online classes also reduce predictors of falls, but the psycho-socio outcomes commonly observed during an exercise program were not attained online. For example, the mood of participants was not improved for participants online, but it was for participants in person. It this relieving to see that the future is not ONLY online.