New West Lake LEC looking forward to developing innovative activities

Of note, David Forsyth says he’d like to bring tai chi to residents and expand exercise programming

As David Forsyth settles into his role as the new life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) at West Lake Terrace, he says what he’s looking forward to most is developing more innovative activities for residents of the Prince Edward County long-term care home.

In particular, David, who became the West Lake Terrace LEC in July, says he hopes to develop more exercise programs with the home’s physiotherapy assistant to help enhance residents’ mobility as well as bring activities like tai chi to the home.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, the study of the dynamics of human body movement, so it’s no surprise he has a strong interest in programming focused on helping residents improve their strength and endurance.

David’s studies in kinesiology and gerontology resulted in a keen interest in helping older adults improve and maintain their physical well-being, so long-term care has been a natural fit for a career choice, he says, adding he’s now working towards a master’s degree in health studies.

David says he was drawn to kinesiology after having to undergo physiotherapy when he sustained a knee injury in Grade 12.

“From there, I developed an interest in that field,” says David, who began his career at West Lake Terrace when he assumed the role of office manager/NASM in February 2021.

While David says he enjoyed his post as the West Lake Terrace office manager/NASM, being the LEC is more geared towards his background.

David also notes that being the LEC means he works more directly with residents, which is what he says he enjoys most about the position, and this is where his strengths lie.

David says participating in activities with residents is his favourite part of his job.

“Bingo is my favourite activity to do with residents,” he says, adding that bingo is also the residents’ favourite activity.

“I’m testing out different things (and) I’m looking forward to bringing more (activities) here.”

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