alumni western faculty of health sciences giving to western The University of Western Ontario
Women dog sledding

Latest News

Elders in Motion Training GatheringNWT training group

This event focused on engaging elders, community volunteers, youth, and professionals in the North West Territories (NWT) who work or spend time with Elders in the area of fitness, health, wellness and recreation. Two members of the CCAA outreach team travelled to the NWT in early February to participate in the Training Gathering. Sarah Merkel, CCAA Project Coordinator delivered the Seniors Fitness Instructor Course (SFIC) and CCAA Program Director, Clara Fitzgerald delivered the Home Support Exercise Program Facilitator training and the Balls, Bands and Balance workshop to the Gathering participants. Staff trained through this initiative will deliver CCAA programs to the Elders of six communities. The CCAA will also provide evaluation services and ongoing support as the project unfolds over the next six months.

Visit the Elders in Motion Training Gathering website to learn more

Older women exercisingGet Ready for Research to Action 2010

June 18 and 19, 2010 the CCAA will host the second Research to Action: Activity and Aging Continuing Education Conference. Not only is the conference for CCAA trained individuals but also open to anyone with an interest in the field of physical activity and aging. This two-day conference will be held at London Hall, located at the University of Western Ontario.

Click here to visit the Research to Action 2010 page



Restorative Care Education Training

This workshop covers walking, exercise, feeding/eating programs and optimal communication and social interaction between staff and long-term care facility residents. Upon completion of the RCET, you will be able to provide the residents in your facility with the best quality of life possible.

Look for an RCET course near you!

Functional Fitness For Older Adults

The goal of the exercises presented in the FFOA is to improve the functional abilities of older adults and to promote their independence for activities of daily living. The exercises presented in this workshop apply to those leading programs in long-term care and residential homes through optimal communication and social interaction between staff and residents.

Find an FFOA workshop near you!

Olympic ringsCanada's Oldest Olympians

Canada has no shortage of notable Olympians and age is no obstacle. In the case of Olympic sport it is not about how young you are, but about how well you play the game.

Read about some of Canada's Oldest Olympians here.

Seniors Fitness Instructors Course

Instructor leading classThe SFIC was developed to address a need for training and information about appropriate physical activity programs for the community-dwelling, well older adult. The course consists of 36 hours of in-class training including class observation, practice teaching and guest speakers. Following the course 16-hours of field experience, a takehome assignment and a successful practical evaluation are required to become certified.

Find an upcoming SFIC course near you!

CCAA Trainer, Sheila RaffertyTrainer Bio: Sheila Rafferty

Senior’s Fitness Instructors Course (SFIC) Trainer Sheila Rafferty has had a lifelong desire to make a difference in people’s lives. She desires a healthier future for those she has come into contact with and those she has yet to meet. We first met Sheila nine years ago when she became certified as a Senior’s Fitness Instructor through the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA). She is now one of the CCAA’s longest standing SFIC trainers.

Learn more about Sheila!

Facilitator and Trainer Training

If you are a motivated individual with experience working with older adults you could become a Get Fit for Active Living (GFAL) or Home Support Exercise Program (HSEP) Facilitator.
As a CCAA Facilitator, you represent the CCAA while teaching the GFAL and HSEP to individuals in your community.

Learn more about the HSEP-F and GFAL-F

Western Health Sciences

Upcoming Events

Research to Action Conference
June 18-19, 2010

Exclusive CCAA Workshops!

Balls for Strength, Balance and Flexibility
Learn to incorporate balls into high and low mobility programs. Read more!

Balls, Bands and Balance
Learn to incorporate small balls and resistance bands into your programs. Read more! Dates

Functional Activity Measures Workshop
Learn to measure the functional abilities of older adults taking into consideration the special needs of this population. Read more! Dates

Post Rehab Exercise for Stroke
Learn assessment tools and exercises specifically targeted to stroke survivors. Read more! Dates

Functional Fitness for Adult Day Programs
Learn to deliver safe and effective exercise programs in the adult day program setting. Read more! Dates

New to Exercise?

The Get Fit for Active Living is an 8-week exercise and education program for sedentary older adults. This course can help you get started on a regular exercise program.
Look for a GFAL workshop



See photos of staff, students and participants at the latest events at and around the CCAA.

Click here to check out our Flickr gallery

Contact Us

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA)
1490 Richmond Street
London, ON N6G 2M3
Tel: (519) 661-1603
Fax: (519) 661-1612


Click here to visit the CCAA website

For more information or to have your name removed from this email list please contact:

Faculty of Heath Sciences
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5B9 Tel: (519) 661-2111 x82269