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Funding Update | June 2010

Westminster College Foundation supports the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging at The University of Western Ontario to Help Older Londoners Access Exercise Programming.

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) Program Director Clara Fitzgerald has received funding from Westminster College Foundation for a project entitled Providing Older Adults with Transportation and Financial Barriers with Accessible Exercise. The first goal of the project is to ensure older adults in London have access to high quality CCAA exercise programs by setting up satellite sites in additional London locations. “This will provide older adults without transportation to the central location at “the Mount” the ability to participate in safe and effective exercise programs in their own neighbourhood.” Secondly, the project will provide a subsidy to older adults without adequate financial resources to attend CCAA exercise programs.

The third aspect to the project is to assist the Society Learning in Retirement (SLR) investigate possible satellite locations for their programming. “Since we both (CCAA and SLR) serve the same population it would be ideal if our satellite programming could be offered at the same site.”

Even though few contraindications to exercise exist for older adults, 60% of Canadian adults over the age of 55 are inactive. Leading a physically active life can be beneficial for conditions such as high blood pressure, osteoporosis, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Being physically active can help increase strength, balance, endurance and flexibility which are necessary factors to living a long, independent life.

“By providing satellite exercise programs in different areas of the city we are able to reach out to those older adults who want to join CCAA exercise programs and lead a healthy, active lifestyle but are unable to do so because they don’t drive. Also, we’ll be able to help those who wish to participate but can’t due to insufficient financial resources.”

For more information contact:
Clara Fitzgerald
Program Director
519.661.1604    e-mail:



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