Jill Simpson is a professional fitness and dance instructor with a specialization in aging populations. She is the developer of numerous innovative fitness programs including The Great Brain Workout – Fitness for Your Aging Brain and the Better with Fitness Community Wellness Initiative.
A positive-aging specialist, her bi-monthly column, ‘Fitness for Your Aging Brain’ appears in Embracing Change Magazine. Jill is currently involved in the writing and directing of a short documentary film about dispelling the negative stereotypes of aging.
Seniors’ Fitness and Healthy Aging Specialist, Jill Simpson, has spent the last decade inspiring seniors to be the best they can be at every age, and then teaching them how to do it. During COVID-19, her Rethinking Aging Workshop Series and Fitness for Your Aging Brain program were selected for funding from the federal government and made available free to seniors across Ontario.
“Our current understanding of aging bears little resemblance to what most of us grew up believing. Recent scientific studies from around the world prove that changing the way we think about aging can change the way we age”.
Jill was the Lead Researcher in the Dignity and Vitality in Dementia Study and worked for four years with the Alzheimer Society. She is the developer of the Better with Fitness Community Wellness Initiatives and Executive Director of To Thrive Together Sustainable Living, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reviving the concept of multigenerational communities where seniors can age in place with independence, dignity, and purpose.
“We need to celebrate our aging as this wonderful opportunity for growth and learning and to view the world through ‘wise eyes’. Then and only then, can we collectively change the way society views and treats older adults. If we believe in ourselves, others will begin to believe in us. That’s how change happens, from the inside out”.