Integra College was started in 2003 under the direction of Bob Hanley and Kathy Bell with the goal of developing short career training courses that would help people support the diverse wellness needs of seniors.
We chose to offer courses that would enable our students to draw on their previous career skills and experience, so they could make a meaningful contribution to seniors in their communities.
Over the last 19 years, we have expanded our course offerings to include training courses that will prepare our students to strengthen the cognitive health of seniors and help them better cope with the effects of loneliness and isolation.
We did this for two reasons:
1. It became obvious to us that governments and healthcare systems, throughout North America, were primarily focused on “illness” care for seniors. Little, if any, resources were being applied to preventative services that would empower seniors to work on their physical and cognitive health. This, in spite of an overwhelming abundance of scientific research making the clear case for prevention.
2. The majority of our students were retired teachers, social workers, counselors, nurses, and residential care aides and they witnessed, first-hand, the negative effects that loneliness and isolation were having on an increasing number of seniors.
Our focus turned to offering short career training courses that would prepare our students to support seniors in their homes – physically, cognitively and socially.
We coined the phrase The Age of Well-being®, to describe our philosophy of prevention and overall wellness as a priority for our aging population.
Our innovative courses, such as the Brain Booster Conversation Leader, Clever Companion, Seniors Wellness Practitioner and Quick Start Chair Massage, prepare our students with the skills they need to help their senior clients flourish in their homes.
Integra College is committed to educating the public in the aging process and in understanding the wellness needs of seniors throughout North America.