How to optimize your health and quality of life as you age

Why do humans lose muscle mass and strength during the aging process?

What relatively simple lifestyle changes can we make to prevent it?

You know exercise is important to your long-term health and well-being, and you probably know your routine should include some weight or strength training… but do you know why?

Get the answers to these questions and more when Dr. Kirsten Bell, PhD. and  is here on January 11, 2018 to share her research findings. Dr. Megan Boucher, ND, from Cornerstone Health Centre will also be on hand to speak and answer questions.

Dr. Bell’s research at McMaster University examined how exercise training and nutritional supplements, such as whey protein, can be adapted for use by older adults seeking to optimize their health and quality of life. She will explain how exercise training and nutritional supplements can be used by older adults to optimize health and quality of life as we age.

In a nutshell: weight training strengthens muscles so they can support you through all your activities, throughout your lifespan. If you don’t build and maintain your muscles, there’s a good chance that at some point they’ll let you down – literally.

Open to the Public – Free!

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7PM
Location – The Glen Williams Town Hall

Please call ahead so we know how many people are coming – 647.525.6839

How maintain quality of life and lean muscle mass as we age

About Dr. Bell PhD

Dr. Bell received her PhD in Kinesiology from McMaster University, under the supervision of Dr. Stuart Phillips. She was awarded the CIHR Institute for Aging Anne Martin-Matthews Prize for Doctoral Research Excellence in October 2014.

She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Waterloo, where she is currently investigating the role of amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) on blood sugar control.



Dr. Megan Boucher Naturopath Healthy Aging

About Dr. Megan Boucher, ND

Dr. Megan Boucher, ND is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor in good standing with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. She completed the four-year Doctor of Naturopathy degree program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto after obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at The University of Western Ontario.

Megan focuses on evidence-based medicine and uses a combination of dietary and lifestyle strategies with targeted supplements, herbs, acupuncture, and physical medicine.


The Bottom Line
  • Weight bearing exercise is the first line of defense against the loss of muscle mass that occurs with age.
  • Building strength can help you avoid falls and reduce the risk of loss of mobility, independence and quality of life.
  • High intensity progressive resistance strength training is one of the best ways to build leg strength and improve walking speed in older adults