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Save the Date! Restorative Care Conference London 2013

feb rcet conf


CCAA Research Director Receives Honour Award

don patersonDr. Donald Paterson was presented with the CSEP Honour Award at the most recent Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology Conference. This award recognized Don first and foremost for his stellar research career, but also acknowledged his record in training and mentoring excellent students as well as his involvement in the development of CSEP (including his presidential role). Well deserved, Don! Learn more about Dr. Paterson

 


2012 Holiday Celebration Lunch for staff, participants, CCAA supporters!

holiday lunch

2012 CCAA Holiday Celebration Lunch

Join us!
Thursday, November 29, 2012  - 11:30 pm

The Details
The Location: Highland Golf & Country Club
The Menu: Butternut squash soup, traditional turkey dinner or vegetarian option, peppermint creme brulee, coffee/tea. Cash Bar
The Price: $25 per person

RSVP
By November 20th to Barbara Kaluzny bkaluzny@uwo.ca or in the main office at the CCAA.


A New Community Collaboration between the CCAA and Sykes Assistance Services Corporation in London

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Get Fit for Active Living! Motivation Plus

Your Journey Starts Monday, October 29, 2012

You can do it!
The CCAA is partnering with Sykes Assistance Services Corporation to offer a free 8-week fitness and education program to adults 50+ in the London area. BONUS all participants get 1 year of free motivational coaching!

Why get involved?

  • FREE 1 hour fitness sessions 2x/week
  • FREE weekly fitness education classes
  • FREE over-the-phone motivational coaching for 1 year
  • Reduced risk of falling, heart disease and diabetes
  • Better health and well-being!

For more information or to register contact a CareCoach® at 1.800.246.5420

Learn more, read the release!


Just Launched! YouTube Video and Brochure from the CCAA

new guidelinesCanadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Seniors

CHECK IT OUT!

Recently, the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging at Western University created a video and brochure to help make the public aware of the new guidelines.

WHY?

  • Make it easier for Canadian older adults and others to understand and act upon the recommendations put forth by CSEP
  • Challenge older adults to meet the new guidelines and enable them to improve their quality of life
  • The health care system benefits from a reduced incidence of disability and disease in this demographic

Check out the guidelines deliverables here


From the Research Junction

Can Weight Training Boost the Aging Brain?

Submitted by Dr. Liza Stathokostas, CCAA Researcher

free weightsRecently the media reported on a study that examined the effects of resistance training on “cognitive function” in Seniors.   A sample of headlines includes: “Resistance Training May Stave Off Dementia” and “‎Training with weights can help seniors in battle with dementia”.

Read more here!


From the Research Junction

Have you got it in you? Volunteers needed!

uwo towerDid you resolve to do more volunteer work this New Year?  Consider volunteering for a CCAA research project.  Older adults in London, Ontario needed!

Read the recruitment poster to learn more!

 

 


 

waterbottleStay Fit and Hydrated During the Summer!

Stay cool and fit with the top tips for staying hydrated while exercising during the warm Summer months.


Show me the links!



American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting 2012

san fran teaserMany CCAA researchers and graduate students are heading to San Francisco to present their work in the area of exercise and aging at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual meeting- May 29 - June 2, 2012.  Best wishes for a productive and fun conference!!  Check out the full list of presentations in the Research Junction.



The Seventeenth
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging
Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture

Human Skeletal Muscle:
Our Maginificent Energy Producer for Movement and Exercise
Lawrence L. Spriet, Phd
University of Guelph
MONDAY MAY 7TH, 2012
3:00PM
ROOM 35, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building, Western University


Community Outreach

The CCAA is on the move this Spring!!

Since 2009 the CCAA has hosted Research to Action at Western University in London, Ontario. This event is a continuing education conference geared toward health care and fitness professionals working with older adults and those interested in the field of physical activity and aging.

The CCAA is excited to announce this year the Research to Action conference will also take place in Calgary on Friday, April 13, 2012.

Learn more!


On the road with the Program Director

clara and minister wongLast week Program Director - Clara Fitzgerald, enjoyed a productive meeting in Richmond BC with Minister Wong - Minister of State (Seniors). The pair discussed the importance of physical activity (PA) for seniors, the value of raising the awareness of the necessity of PA for seniors for health as well as national initiatives to ensure PA has an impact on public health.

 

From our Partners

2012 PARC Symposium at Western!

park symposiumNew Location New Learning Opportunities New Inspiration

Save the Date! May 14-15, 2012 at Western.

The PARC Symposium is coordinated by PARC, the Centre for Excellence for physical activity promotion in Ontario, which is managed by Ophea and funded by the Governement of Ontario.


From the Research Junction

Cold weather and exercise

snowy roadLearn how to avoid the winter blues, stay healthy, and do it all safely!

Beat the chill here!

The Research Junction is on Twitter!






From the Research Junction

Go4Life: A Fantastic New Resource to Get and Stay Active!

Launched this October, Go4Life, is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging, This interactive website is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines are the essential elements of Go4Life. Go4Life offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going!

Submitted by Dr. Liza Stathokostas


Did you catch the last CCAA E Newsletter of 2011?

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Check it out here, before it becomes old news!

Visit our newsletter archive to read past enewsletter issues.




In Memoriam

Nancy EcclestoneOn Monday, December 19th, 2011 the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) lost a great friend and leader. Former CCAA Director (1995-2002), Nancy Ecclestone passed away peacefully in London. For more than 20 years Nancy played a vital role in the overall development of the Centre, from innovative exercise programs to a national agenda for the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging. It was Nancy who championed the Centre's mandate to include support for activity and rehabilitation programs to reach those who were homebound or living in long-term care facilities. Nancy and her contributions will be respectfully and joyfully remembered by all who knew her. Her legacy will live on in the research, leadership courses and exercise programs she helped shape.

Read Nancy’s full biography here.

Visit the CCAA Facebook page to share stories about Nancy with us.

Read staff tributes to Nancy here

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging would be gratefully acknowledged.


newspapersCCAA Research Receives Positive Attention from the NY Times!

Our work as members of the CCAA has received some positive attention in the NY times.

 

Read the full article here!



From the Research Junction

Go4Life: A Fantastic New Resource to Get and Stay Active!

Launched this October, Go4Life, is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging, This interactive website is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines are the essential elements of Go4Life. Go4Life offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going!

Submitted by Dr. Liza Stathokostas


Prevention of non-communicable diseases

stethoscopeThe CCAA was recently (16 June) part of an informal interactive hearing providing input to the preparatory process for a high-level meeting in New York City. The high-level meeting took place at the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases on 19 and 20 September 2011. This meeting addressed the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases worldwide, with a particular focus on developmental and other challenges and social and economic impacts, particularly for developing countries. Learn more on the UN website.


From the Research Junction

Graduate students, Western retirees work out the neuromuscular system

older lady exercisingThanks to a team of graduate students at Western’s Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) Neuromuscular Lab, the Research Retirement Association (RRA) can tailor their fitness program not only to strengthen muscle control but help reduce fatigue in old age. Read the full Western News Story!

 


From the Research Junction

CCAA Grad students headed to "La Belle Province"!csep quebec logo

This month the grad students at the CCAA are off to the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) Annual Conference in Québec City, Québec October 19-22 2011.

Check out some of the exciting work being presented!

 


Free Stuff!

The SFIC is FREE for our Participants and Western/Fanshawe Students this September!

instructor helping exercise classThis is an opportunity for you to help older adults in our community safely engage in a physically active lifestyle, effectively improving their quality of life.

Learn more about this free training opportunity!
Learn more about the SFIC!

 


Free Stuff!

GFAL-D Facilitator Training FREE FREE FREE!

happy ccaa participantThe GFAL-D is an 8-week exercise and education program developed by the CCAA in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada. GFAL-D facilitators deliver an exercise and education program designed to help sedentary older adults better manage their diabetes by providing the knowledge and tools they need to motivate them to live a more physically active lifestyle.

If you have taken the CCAA's Senior Fitness Instructor Course you are eligible to participate in this FREE GFAL-D Facilitator training course. In this training you will learn how to safely and effectively deliver a diabetes-friendly exercise program to older adults with diabetes and diabetes related complications.

Workshop Cost:  FREE for up to 10 successful applicants – ($300 dollar value!)

How to Apply: Visit the GFAL-D Facilitator Training application and complete it by 4:00 pm on September 16, 2011 for your chance to be selected for this free training. Successful applicants will be notified on September 21, 2011.

Workshop Location: Online

Workshop Dates: September 27 & 28, 2011 (must “attend” both sessions)

Workshop Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm both days


Motivational Video


webcamFree Webinars

Knowledge Mobilization Webinars on YouTube!

Check out past Knowledge Mobilization Webinars on Western's YouTube Channel. We are working hard to make the latest research easier for you to access!


waterbottleFrom the CCAA Research Junction

Stay Fit and Hydrated During the Summer!

Stay cool and healthy with the top tips for staying hydrated while exercising during the warm Summer months.

Show me the links!


dennis choiFrom the CCAA Research Junction

CCAA Graduate Student Cycling Across Canada!

Dennis Choi, a former CCAA research assistant and soon to be CCAA graduate student in the neuromuscular lab is riding his bike across Canada to increase awareness of ride safety to pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike. 

Learn about his adventure here.


younger lady helping a seniorTraining Opportunity

Resorative Care Conferences in London and Toronto

Back by popular demand! Restorative Care – The BEST You Can Be. Since our first London Restorative Care Conference was sold out in February, we have decided to add 2 more dates for this great event! Learn more!


peter clements cycling tripIn-house update

Peter Clements orchestrates his 2nd retirment...or is it?

CCAA volunteer and personal trainer, Peter Clements, was thinking ahead in 2004 when he joined the CCAA to get in shape in preparation for his retirement from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western in 2006. Now, a short 7 years later he is planning ahead again as he prepares to retire from his volunteer and personal training duties at the CCAA.

What will he do after this second retirement? Keep busy of course! Peter needed to free up some time for his new role as Director of Theoretical Studies at Conservatory Canada as well as for long tandem bike rides and trips abroad with his wife and for his busy spinning class schedule. Peter’s contributions to the CCAA will be honored at the upcoming end of year participant picnic.

Peter, from all of the staff and instructors at the CCAA we wish you all the best as you move on to the next busy phase of your retirement. Your enthusiasm, expertise and musical touches will be sorely missed in the halls of the CCAA and at our many social events.

Peter's contributions were recognized at the Staff and Participant Picnic on Wednesday at the CCAA.

Read Peter's Profile.


So long, Partner!

brad hansen

CCAA Lab Technician, computer connoisseur and all around great guy, Brad Hansen, recently heeded the call of the wild west and moved on to a new position at the University of Calgary. Brad was a permanent fixture in the CCAA laboratories for over 20 years; he also made significant contributions to the school of Kinesiology as a whole. In addition to maintaining equipment in the undergraduate labs, he volunteered for many years at the Ontario University Fair.  He was also an instructor in the School of Kinesiology’s sailing practicum course. 

From all the researchers, staff and students at the CCAA we wish you and your family all the best as you begin the next chapter of your life at the Gateway to the Rockies. We will undeniably miss your friendly, helpful demeanor and your many contributions to the CCAA.


SFIC Renewal 2011

Are you looking for the 2011 SFIC Renewal paperwork? Get it here! All documents require a PDF reader to view.


Restorative Care Aid/Activation Aid needed for summer relief.

Start Date:  Immediately
End Date:  September 15th 2011
Place:  Banwell Gardens Long Term Care Home
3000 Banwell Road, Windsor, On. N8N 2M4

Successful applicant will be punctual, reliable, available all shifts, experience in long term care preferred but not necessary.

This position is to cover vacation times for two departments within the home, Restorative Care as well as Activities.

Qualifications:  RCET and PSW or equivalent

Please send cover letter & resume to:

Lisa M. Doig, Program Manager
lisa.doig@reveraliving.com
No phone calls please.


16th Annual Rechnitzer Lecture

Stress of aging viewed from the cardiovascular system

Dr. Edward Lakatta, Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science, National Institute of Aging
National Institutes of Health
When: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:30pm
Where: University College Room 142

Edward LakattaDr. Edward Lakatta is the founder and Director of the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health. He holds appointments as Professor, in the Department of Physiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and in the Cardiology Division, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research studies range from molecules to humans, with translation of novel findings into the clinical realm.

Learn more about Dr. Lakatta and his upcoming lecture.

Learn more about the Rechnitzer Lecture Series.


GFAL-Diabetes Set to Begin in Charlottetown

A recent article in the Charlottetown's The Guardian newspaper helped get the word out about an upcoming Get Fit for Active Living – Diabetes (GFAL-D) class in PEI. Since the story appeared on April 5th over 25 seniors with Type 2 diabetes have signed up for the classes which begin April 19th at the Murphy’s Community Centre in Charlottetown.

The GFAL-D is an 8-week education and exercise program developed by the CCAA specifically for individuals with Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. Thanks to funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) the program is currently rolling out across Canada. For more information about the project please contact Nazia Bhatti at nbhatti6@uwo.ca or Debbie Devries at 1-888-625-0077.


National Volunteer Week! April 10-16, 2011

Thank you to all our priceless volunteers for your diligent efforts throughout the year! Your contributions help make CCAA classes and programs among the most distinctive evidence-based initiatives in the country! For more information about National Volunteer Week visit the NVW website.


Best Practice Portal Project Report

In November 2010 the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) contracted the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) to review and recommend evidence-based physical activity programs and interventions for older adults for inclusion on the Canadian Best Practice Portal. 

The Canadian Best Practice Portal serves a vital importance to fitness leaders and older adults across Canada because it provides information on community interventions related to chronic disease prevention and health promotion that have been evaluated, shown to be successful, and have the potential to be adapted and replicated.

Review a summary of the review process, the recommended interventions and those that are deemed ‘promising’ or ‘leading’.

Do you have a program or intervention that you would like to be added to our list of “best practices”? If so, e-mail Shannon Belfry at shannon.belfry@uwo.ca with the title, brief description, and outcome evaluation information. 


Research to Action 2011 Update | Just Announced!

Olympic Curling Coach, Jim Waite to speak at Research to Action 2011!

Jim Waite is the national and Olympic curling coach on the men’s side. He is also a motivational speaker on performance, coaching, team building, and being Canadian! Learn more about Jim.

Visit the Research to Action 2011 homepage.


CCAA Program Director Speaks at PARC Conference in Toronto

The recently launched revisions to Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults has created a great interest/discussion regarding the rationale for these revisions, how we can get older people to follow through on these revisions and implications for practice.

Objectives of this session include:

  1. Brief overview of CCAA – research, model physical activity programs, national leadership training opportunities
  2. Review updates to Canada’s PA Guidelines for Older Adults
  3. Discuss Rationale of revisions
  4. Discuss implications for practice

View Clara Fitzgerald's PowerPoint presentation here.

Established in 2003, the Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC) is managed by Ophea and is funded by the Ministry of Health Promotion. 

PARC supports physical activity promoters and key community leaders working in public health, community health centres, recreation and sport organizations, and non-government organizations to enhance opportunities for healthy active living in Ontario. Visit the PARC website to learn more!

The PARC Physical Activity Symposium 2011 provides an engaging and practical professional development opportunity for physical activity promoters in public health, community health, recreation and other relevant sectors across Ontario. Learn more about the PARC Symposium here.


Restorative Care Conference Survey Winners Announced!

And the gift cards go to...

Ashley Lehman, Pamela Brown, Debbie Johnston, Andra Hughes, Joanne Hickey, Amanda Beddow, Raelle Jones, Sheri Mazzella, Deanna Sararas and Jennifer Walker!

Thanks to all who attended the Restorative Care conference in February. Thank you especially to those who contributed feedback which will be carefully considered and help improve our event for years to come!


CCAA in the News!

The CCAA has been featured in several news outlets recently.

Regina Leader-Post (reporter spoke to CCAA Project Coordinator, Nazia Bhatti)
Physically inactive Reginans with pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes can register for a free exercise program that will be held at the YMCA on Rochdale Boulevard beginning March 7. Read more.

The Londoner (reporter spoke to CCAA Program Director, Clara Fitzgerald)
As people get older, it's not their ­chronological age that matters. Being 40, or 50, or 70 is not as important as a person's functional age."It's possible to have a 75-year-old who is more fit than one who is 25," said Clara Fitzgerald. Read more.


Reconnecting with our Roots

We invite you to delve deeper into the history of the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging by reading Short Introduction to the History of the Centre for Activity and Ageing. This manuscript was recently submitted by former Centre for Activity and Ageing director and research director, Dr. David Cunningham and will serve as an important reminder of our humble beginnings.

If you are craving more information about the history of the Centre for Activity and Ageing and development of the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging please visit Development of the Centre for Activity and Ageing at Western also by Dr. Cunningham.

PDF reader required (www.adobe.com)


January 24, 2011

New Physical Activity Guidelines Launched!

Learn more or download a PDF of the new guidelines by visiting the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) website.

Key Message!

Older adults need to accumulate 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous- intensity aerobic physical activity per week!

Read the Western News article

The Western News recently published an article about the new Physical Activity Guidelines. CCAA Research Director, Dr. Don Paterson, who has been actively involved in crafting the new guidelines from the beginning, was interviewed for the story. Read the Western News Article.


New Physical Activity Guidelines will help you get healthy in 2011!

Revision of age range (≥65 years).

The new guidelines for older adults include people ≥65 years of age to reflect the best available evidence, whereas previous guidelines focused on ≥55 years of age.

Recommendation for 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week.

As with the adult guidelines, evidence shows that increased physical activity (at moderate to vigorous intensities) is associated with increased health benefits, but it is unclear the best frequency of physical activity (e.g., if this activity needs to be done daily, or every other day for best effect). This new guideline has the advantage of allowing individuals to customize their weekly physical activity routine to their
schedule.

Read the January 2011 Guidelines Newsletter to learn more! PDF Reader required.


There's still time to register!

RESCHEDULED! The Effects of Organic Nitrates on Bone | Musculoskeletal Health Webinar 4

February 7, 2011, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (EST)
Please join us for the fourth instalment in the free Musculoskeletal Health Webinar Series. Our featured presenter, Dr. Sophie Jamal is a scientist in the Osteoporosis Research Program at Woman’s College Research Institute in Toronto. Dr Jamal’s presentation will examine the Effects of Organic Nitrates on Bone.
Register for the free webinar!

Who is Dr. Jamal?
Sophie JamalDr. Sophie Jamal is a scientist in the Osteoporosis Research Program at WCRI, and a clinician with the Multidisciplinary Osteoporosis Care Team. She chairs the Women's College Hospital department of medicine research committee. She is an assistant professor in the department of medicine, division of endocrinology and metabolism and in the department of health policy management and evaluation at the University of Toronto. Read her full biography here.

For more information about the musculoskeletal health webinar series visit our upcoming presentations page.

Want to get involved? Register for this exiting online event before January 5th, 2010 using our online registration form.

*If you are unable to attend this webinar live you can view the recorded version at a later date by accessing our webinar archives. Visit our past presentations page to learn more about the archives.

If you have any questions about this webinar or the Musculoskeletal Health Webinar Series please contact Dana Van Gorp.


Exercise Prescription for Osteoporosis

Thanks to all who joined us for the third installment in the Musculoskeletal Health webinar series, Exercise Prescription for Osteoporosis with Lora Giangregorio. The recorded version has beenposted in the archive. For more information on the archive please visit the Past Presentations page. The next presentation will take place on February 7, 2011 and will feature Sophina Abida Jamal from U of T. Dr. Jamal will discuss The effects of organic nitrates on bone.

View Lora's Powerpoint Presentation Slides (Adobe Reader required)

Learn more about the Otago Exercise Program

Review the Guidelines to Safe Movement


Physical Activity and Counselling for Diabetes Care Providers | Diabetes Knowledge Mobilization Webinar 2

January 12, 2011 @ 1pm-2:30pm (EST)

Please join us for a FREE CCAA GFAL-D Physical Activity and Diabetes Knowledge Mobilization Webinar, featuring guest speaker Dr. Jonathon Fowles from Acadia University, School of Recreation Management and Kinesiology. Dr. Fowles will be delivering a presentation on helping diabetes care providers counsel on physical activity.

Following the presentation by Dr. Fowles you will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion with the group. Register for this free webinar!

Short Researcher Biography | Dr. Jonathon Fowles
John FowelsDr. Fowles is an Associate Professor at Acadia University in the School of Recreation Management and Kinesiology. He earned his PhD in Physiology at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Fowles expertise covers a range of topics in the area of exercise and diabetes including the effects of fitness training on health in athletes, the elderly and people with chronic disease or disability, including diabetes, hypertension and obesity. Dr. Fowles is also working with the Canadian Diabetes Association on the development and implementation of physical activity guidelines for diabetes care professionals, and has helped develop a physical activity and exercise toolkit for diabetes educators. Learn more about Dr. Fowles here.

More information about the webinar series on the upcoming presentations page.
Register for GFAL Diabetes Webinar before January 11, 2011 using our online registration form.

*Webinars will be archived on the CCAA site for viewing at a later date if you miss the registration deadline. Visit our past presentations page to learn more about the archived webinars.

For questions or more information about the Diabetes webinar series contact Nazia Bhatti at nbhatti6@uwo.ca


Wednesday, December 8th | In-House Exercise Class Cancellations Continue

The CCAA will be closed tomorrow (December 8) due to the winter storm.

Visit UWO’s Winter Storm web page for the latest information.

Please help spread the news to fellow class participants that the CCAA will also be closed tomorrow.


Memo from the Program Director re. Cancelled Classes Dec 7th, 2010

The CCAA will also be closed tomorrow December 7th.

Given the unusual snowfall we expect overnight (another 30-40 cm) and the fact that the city of London can't keep up with the snow removal - all TUESDAY in-house exercise classes will be cancelled.

For future closures please listen to local radio stations – if the University is closed the CCAA will automatically be closed. If all the schools in London have a “Snow Day” (such as today) then the CCAA will be closed.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause – be safe if you are out shoveling your walkways and have a safe and warm night!

Hopefully the CCAA will be back on Schedule for Wednesday!

Clara Fitzgerald, CCAA Program Director


*CCAA In House Exercise Classes CANCELLED*

The CCAA is closed TODAY (December 6th, 2010) and all CCAA in-house exercise programs will be cancelled due to the very snowy and unsafe road conditions.


CCAA Program Director, Clara Fitzgerald to present at Alzheimer Conference in London, ON

The Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex (ASLM) presents Navigating the Road
Ahead: A Conference on Caregiving
, on November 25, 2010 at the London Convention Centre.

"The objective of this conference is to equip London and area caregivers with the tools to make informed healthcare decisions for their family, friends or clients who are suffering from dementia,” says Betsy Little, CEO at ASLM. "We want all caregivers to know that they are not alone and there are plenty of resources available to help them get through this challenging time."

For further information, or to register, call 519-680-2404 ext 236 or visit www.alzheimerlondon.ca.

Clara will speak at the event at 10:15 am and 1:15 pm. Download her presentation and learn more about Alzheimer's Disease and Physical Activity. Adobe reader required to view.


Wanted! Physical Activity Programs or Interventions for Older Adults

Do you know of a successful physical activity program or intervention for older adults? If so, we’d like you to connect with us!

In November The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) contracted the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging to add evidence-based physical activity programs and interventions for older adults to the Canadian Best Practice Portal.

The Portal is a “virtual front door to community and population health interventions related to chronic disease prevention and health promotion”. PHAC describes it as a compendium of community interventions related to chronic disease prevention and health promotion that have been evaluated, shown to be successful, and have the potential to be adapted and replicated by other health practitioners working in similar fields.

Please send us the program documents or the web link and we’ll review it to see if it meets the selection criteria to be included on PHAC’s Best Practice Portal. Before you send the program/intervention please make sure it meets all of the following:

  • Has been implemented and evaluated using quantitative and/or qualitative methods and shows positive impact;
  • Has been described in literature within the last 20 years (preferably within the last 10);
  • Has community-based or population health approach;
  • Provided by a not-for-profit source.

Please e-mail Shannon Belfry at shannon.belfry@uwo.ca with the program documents or web link by December 9th, 2010. Programs/interventions will be vetted through the selection process and a list of suggested programs will be provided to PHAC for inclusion on the Portal.

The Canadian Best Practice Portal can be found at http://cbpp-pcpe.phac-aspc.gc.ca/index-eng.html.


Free Physical Activity and Diabetes Webinar!

Mark your Calendars!   November 24, 2010 @ 1pm (EST)

Please join us for a FREE CCAA GFAL-D Physical Activity and Diabetes Knowledge Mobilization Webinar, featuring guest speaker Dr. Todd Duhamel from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management.

Register for this free webinar!

Short Researcher Biography | Dr. Todd Duhamel
Dr. Duhamel earned his PhD in the field of skeletal muscle physiology at the University of Waterloo. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship within the Institute of Cardiovascular Science at the St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre, and is currently holding the position of Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba. The particular focus of his research examines the role of physical activity for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease in diabetes. Read Dr. Duhamel's full biography.

More information about the webinar series on the upcoming presentations page.

Register for GFAL Diabetes Webinar before November 22nd, 2010 using our online registration form.

*Webinars will be archived on the CCAA site for viewing at a later date if you miss the registration deadline. Visit our past presentations page to learn more about the archived webinars.

For questions or more information contact Nazia Bhatti at nbhatti6@uwo.ca


Exercise Prescription for Osteoporosis

Please join us for the third instalment in the free Musculoskeletal Health Webinar Series. November 24, 2010 @ 1pm (EST). Our featured presenter is Dr. Lora Giangregorio from the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo.

Register for the free webinar!

Dr. Lora Giangregorio, Assistant Professor
Lora Giangregorio earned her PhD at McMaster University and is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Her current research aims to improve the capacity of health care providers to assess and treat osteoporosis, with a particular focus on the importance of physical activity for a healthy skeleton. Learn more about Lora's work by visiting her research web page.

For more information about the musculoskeletal health webinar series visit our upcoming presentations page.

Want to get involved? Register for this exiting online event before November 22nd, 2010 using our online registration form.

*If you are unable to attend this webinar live you can view the recorded version by accessing our webinar archives. Visit our past presentations page to learn more about the archives.

If you have any questions about this webinar or the Musculoskeletal Health Webinar Series please contact Dana Van Gorp.


Diabetes Virtual Community of Practice Webinar Archive Coming Soon!

The Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging would like to invite you to join us on October 19, 2010 at 1pm Eastern Time for our first Virtual Community of Practice webinar. CCAA Program Director, Clara Fitzgerald, will be providing an update on current and upcoming project initiatives. This will be an excellent opportunity to connect with others that have been involved with the Get Fit for Active Living-Diabetes project and others specialized in the respective fields of seniors’ fitness and diabetes.  

Click here to register for the Virtual Community of Practice


New Exercise Programs for Seniors, this Fall in London

Yoga

Every Thursday from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
**Starting September 23rd** Register soon spaces are filling up fast!
Runs for 8 weeks
For more information or to register contact the CCAA at 519-661-1603 or ccaa@uwo.ca

Pole walking

Every Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Starting September 29th
Runs for 6 weeks
View the flyer for more information (adobe reader required)
To register contact the CCAA at 519-661-1603 or ccaa@uwo.ca


Fall 2010 enews available now!

Read the latest training and research news and updates from the CCAA here.enewsletter banner


Great Free Arthritis and Exercise Resource!

Brought to you by the Arthritis Society!

Thanks to Debbie Cheong, Joint Works/Water Works Instructor (British Columbia) for recommending we check out this handy link.

Learn more about exercising regularly with arthritis.

Click on the "Choose an Exercise" button to try out the neat tool!


Aging, Activity and Arthritis Free Downloads!

Download the slides from Bert Taylor's presentation!

Download the Round Table Osteoarthritis Research Paper!

Adobe reader required.


Free Webinar - Registration Deadline Friday, Sept 24th!

Mark your Calendars! September 27, 2010 @ 1pm (EST)

Please join us for another free CCAA Musculoskeletal Health Webinar. This event entitled Aging, Activity and Arthritis will feature AW Taylor.

Register for the free webinar!

Want a sneak peak? Download the Arthritis and Physical Activity paper (PDF - adobe reader required)


Free Musculoskeletal Health Webinar

Mark your Calendars! September 27, 2010 @ 1pm (EST)

Please join us for another free CCAA Musculoskeletal Health Webinar. This event entitled Aging, Activity and Arthritis will feature AW Taylor from the University of Manitoba. Register for the free webinar!

Short Researcher Biography | AW (Bert) Taylor
aw taylorDuring his career AW Taylor has published more than 300 research and professional articles, including 54 books and manuals. He has been the recipient of several million dollars in research grant funds, and made more than 500 presentations to learned groups. For more information read Bert Taylor's full biography here.

For more information about the webinar series visit our upcoming presentations page or contact Dana Van Gorp

Register for Aging, Activity and Arthritis before September 23, 2010 using our online registration form.

*Webinars will be archived on the CCAA site for viewing at a later date if you miss the registration deadline. Visit our past presentations page to learn more about our archived webinars.


Engaging Travel Series

Follow our education journeys in Canada and around the world!

Members of the CCAA Community Outreach Team often travel across the globe to discuss the latest research in physical activity and aging and we want to share our travel adventures with you!

california beachEquinox Fitness Clubs, Los Angeles and Palo Alto, California

CCAA Project Coordinator Jamie Corkal recently traveled to the sunshine state to network and share knowledge with personal trainers from Equinox Fitness Clubs. Read more about his unique opportunity here.

 


Genes and Joints Musculoskeletal Health Webinar Archived!

On August 9th, the CCAA hosted the first in a series of free musculoskeletal health webinars. The event featured Scientist and Professor Frank Beier from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Beier's presentation entitled Genes and Joints illustrated how genetic factors influence osteoarthritis, how we can use genetic tools to better understand osteoarthritis and to ultimately develop better treatments.

Wondering what you missed?

Register for the webinar archive to view the full presentation
Sign in to the webinar archive if you already have a CCAA webinar account
Get more information on the CCAA webinar archive

For more information about the FREE webinar series visit our upcoming presentations page or contact Dana Van Gorp


Free Musculoskeletal Health Webinar

Mark your Calendars! August 9, 2010 @ 1pm (EST)

Please join us for the first FREE CCAA Musculoskeletal Health Webinar with Dr. Frank Beier from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Beier's presentation entitled Genes and Joints will illustrate how genetic factors influence osteoarthritis, how we can use genetic tools to better understand osteoarthritis and to ultimately develop better treatments. Register for this FREE webinar!

Short Researcher Biography | Dr. Frank Beier
Dr. Frank BeierDr. Beier was appointed an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology at The University of Western Ontario in 2001. In 2002 he was appointed an Associate Scientist of Children's Health Research Institute in the Developmental Biology program and in 2008 was appointed to Scientist. Dr. Beier also teaches in Western's Graduate Program in Developmental Biology and was awarded the Dean's Award of Excellence for Graduate Student Teaching in 2008. Dr. Beier holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Health. For more information read Dr. Beier's full biography here.

For more info about Dr. Beier's research check out his research home page.

For more information about the FREE webinar series contact Dana Van Gorp

Register for Genes and Joints using our online registration form.

*Webinars will be archived on the CCAA site for viewing at a later date if you miss the registration cut off time.


FREE Musculoskeletal Health Webinar Series

Coming Soon to a Computer Near You!

The CCAA was recently awarded funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to better inform the general public about the importance of physical activity and mobility in the maintenance of musculoskeletal health and the prevention and management of arthritis and osteoporosis.

This webinar series will begin in August 2010 and will feature several researchers and experts in the field of musculoskeletal health and arthritis. These educators will be presenting their exciting research findings as well as tips for incorporating these findings into your everyday life and physical activity programs.

The short 30-40 min webinars will also feature full streaming video, audio and Powerpoint presentations. If you decide to attend a webinar live you will have the ability to interact with the presenter and other audience members if you so choose by using the tools available in UWO’s WebCT Owl environment.

Look for more information about this exciting new free learning opportunity coming soon to our site! Or contact Dana Van Gorp for more information.


Research to Action 2010 Wrap Up

"One of the best conferences I've ever attended!"

--Frances King, Research to Action 2010 participant

June 18-19 the CCAA hosted the second Research to Action: Activity and Aging Continuing Education Conference. Almost 200 participants decended upon London Hall at Western to learn from leading experts in the field of physical activity and aging.

View our Conference photo gallery on Flickr!


...and the winners are!

Happy contest winnerThanks to all who participated in our first readership contest. These lucky readers will receive a discount on their upcoming Research to Action conference registrations.

First Place – Patricia Weir (75% off)
Second Place – Kathy Holdsworth (50% off)
Third Place – Martha Parr (25% off)

A special thanks to Kym Service who recieves a 75% discount for the best email!

Look for another contest with great new prizes in the September eNews!

Want to get in on future contests? Sign up for our eNews in the right sidebar


Westminster College Foundation supports the CCAA to Help Older Londoners Access Exercise Programming.

Barbara Kaluzny receives giftThis funding will help 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.”

Read more about this project


Tandem Tour de France

Peter Clements cycling in FranceFrom left: Peter, Iris and UWO Past President, Paul Davenport at a 16th century church

CCAA Fitness Instructor Peter Clements recently returned from six gorgeous days of cycling around France.
Peter travelled with a group of 15 cyclists, one third of whom were over the age of 60.  The group cycled about 40km/day, accumulating 3-4 hours of intense cardiovascular exercise daily. Peter’s heart rate monitor indicated that his heart rate averaged 155 beats per minute when climbing hills. The most meaningful part of the trip was sharing a tandem bike with his wife Iris who was the eldest cyclist on the trip at 70 years old! They also enjoyed local culinary delights and of course, the wine!


Elders in Motion Training Gathering

NWT training groupThis 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


CCAA Team Celebrates Holiday Lunch

A great time was had by all at the yearend holiday lunch celebration. The
CCAA staff enjoyed a great lunch at Spencer Hall followed by some gift
sharing activities. Clara Fitzgerald - Director at the CCAA would like to
take this opportunity to thank her staff for their continued commitment and
dedication to the CCAA. Clara states "I have an amazing team and you can see
from the photo that we really are a working community, each staff brings
their unique gifts and talents and is ready to help out when needed".
"Thanks for another great year and wishing you all a great holiday season
shared with family and friends."


CCAA Participants Holiday Night Out

What a night it was – everyone was dressed beautifully and radiant smiles were everywhere.

The CCAA exercise class participants and staff enjoyed an evening out on Nov 19th to get ready for the festive season. We had 80 people attend the much anticipated event. The dinner took place at Windermere on the Mount dining lounge . http://www.reveraliving.com/retirement living/locations/WindermereontheMount/Pages/default.aspx.

The food and hospitality were fantastic and the company was amazing.
Special thanks to Richard, Bridgette, Cheryl and Jeff from Windermere for all their help with organizing the event and hosting the evening. Also a special thanks to Walt Lonc CCAA participant for coordinating the musical entertainment for the evening – Great fun was had by all.

You can access the photo’s of the evening on the CCAA Flicker photo gallery www.flickr.com/photos/40247497@N07/sets/72157622801974245/
Enjoy the wonderful photo’s.


Christie PrestonThe best student experience and the CCAA

Christie Preston, a BA Honours Specialization Kinesiology Candidate (2010), recently submitted a very powerful article demonstrating the value the Canadian Centre of Activity and Aging (CCAA) brings to creating the best student experience at Western from the student's perspective.

The CCAA currently has 17 Kinesiology student volunteers in a variety of roles in addition to six work study students from various programs at Western and two Health Sciences practicum students.

Click here to read this excellent article submitted by Christie.


FHS ready to get in motion

Jim Weese, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Chair of the Middlesex-London in motion® Executive Committee is proud to introduce the FHS and Western partnership with Middlesex-London in motion®.

The in motion® Executive Committee, and a number of working groups, are comprised of members from our city and county, our university, college, and elementary/secondary schools, our Parks and Recreation Departments, the Middlesex-London Health Unit and many private citizens. An impressive number of FHS professors, staff and students are also involved.

in motion® is a nationally-recognized advocacy campaign designed to educate and excite members of our community to make better choices for their health, with particular emphasis on getting our citizens to be more physically active.

Click here for more information about this partnership and in motion.

Click here to visit the Middlesex-London in motion website.

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Activity and Aging Journal Club

You are invited to participate in the inaugural Activity and Aging Journal Club! It’s FREE so come join your colleagues from around the Province and across Canada in discussing this month's featured article, from Alberta, on Falls Prevention - "Preventing Falls through Physical Activity: A Guide for People Working with Older Adults".

What is the Activity and Aging Journal Club?

  • Read a featured article on topics related to Activity and Aging's central mission - to stimulate best practices in Activity programming for today's seniors, in Community, Long-Term Care, or Acute Care settings - for good health outcomes.=
  • Come to a webinar-style discussion, online, to exchange information with peers and specialists in Activity and Aging.
  • Go to your workplace with the "Take-Homes" from your session - and if it works for you and your colleagues where you are employed, or if you believe there is value to the seniors you care for, suggest worthy articles for an upcoming Journal Club session. Take the lead, follow others, or just come to learn when a topic is of interest to you.

How to register?

Go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/QXH2CHB
 
What: Register to participate – It’s free! Read the attached document and come prepared with questions or comments to share your thoughts
When: Wednesday December 9th, 2009 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Where: This will be a virtual discussion using a webinar format – please register for all the details
 
Please share this information with others who may have an interest in Activity and Aging and Fall Prevention
 
We look forward to discussing this recently launched publication on December 9th 1:30-2:30.

The Authors of the publication have also been invited to join in the discussion!!!!
If you have any questions please contact Clara Fitzgerald at cfitzge4@uwo.ca


CCAA presents at 2009 Shoppers Home Health Care Innovations Conference

On Tuesday November 17th CCAA staff, Leslie McAdam and Chelsie Free, attended the Shoppers Home Health Care Innovations Conference and Trade Show held at the Toronto Congress Centre. The trade show portion included numerous home health care vendors displaying their products throughout the 150,000 square foot exhibit space. Chelsie comments “There were so many interesting and innovative home health care ideas; all the way from panty hose that promotes circulation and adaptive exercise equipment, to a 3-wheeled motorcycle made to accommodate a wheelchair-bound driver”.

The Conference portion began with two very motivational keynote speakers, Justin Hines and Josh Vander Vies speaking about their challenges and accomplishments. Later in the Morning Chelsie and Leslie presented on behalf of the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging on the topic of Functional Fitness and promoting client’s maximal potential. Over 200 people attended this presentation and lots of great feedback was received afterward. A copy of this presentation can be found at http://healthcareinnovations.ca/HCI09_TOR_hand.html .
 With thousands of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, home health care workers, vendors and more in attendance, the 2009 Shoppers Home Health Care Innovations conference and trade show was certainly a successful event.


Current CIHR-funded research

Researchers at the University of Western Ontario are testing an eight-week exercise and education program ("Get Fit for Active Living") with 300 Meals on Wheels volunteers from across Canada. Led by. Clara Fitzgerald, Donald Paterson and Mark Speechley, the study helps the volunteers start an exercise program, and explains the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. "Minor increases in activity result in, at most, only minor gains in health. By educating older adults about the importance of exercise, and developing an exercise routine, older adults are more motivated to maintain an active lifestyle that enables them to maintain a more independent lifestyle after retirement and remain engaged in volunteer activities in the community with the maintenance of their functional mobility," says. Fitzgerald.

For more information about this study or the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging at the University of Western Ontario www.uwo.ca/actage or ccaa@uwo.ca

To reach the study coordinator please e-mail: Liza Stathokostas at lstatho2@uwo.ca


CCAA International News

The CCAA's Clara Fitzgerald presented information about the importance of sporting activities and physical activity even for the older people at a recent physical activity and sport conference in Cuba.

Click here to read the conference article.

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Still exercising and independent at 95

By Heather Travis
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Some might say Elvins and Hanna Spencer have found the fountain of youth.
Read more


Activity and Aging Community of Practice (AACoP) e-survey results are “IN”

This past August the AACoP was sent an e-survey using survey monkey to gather information about the community, the information they want more of and how the CoP can continue to grow and have an impact of physical activity programs in care facilities throughout Ontario and Canada.We had an overwhelming response of over 206 respondents in 22 weeks. Thanks to all of those who took the time to complete this e-survey. The results will continue to direct our CoP.
Attached are the survey results summarized. If you have any questions about the results or are interested in joining this community of practice – contact Clara Fitzgerald at cfitzge4@uwo.ca.

The AA CoP continues with their A.C.T.I.V.E. Guide webinar series. Just a reminder below is a listing of upcoming webinars. These webinar are intended to be for all of us to discuss questions/comments, etc within a network of other Community of Practice members and visitors.Please note the dates and times below and try to join us if you can.
These webinars are FREE and open to the general public

Wednesday November 18th– 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Wednesday December 2nd -– 2:30pm – 3:30pm


The webinar website: https://elearning.moh.gov.on.ca/activity
Audio: Call 1-866-355-2663 (toll free) or 416-212-0400 (GTA)
Conference Code: 7413272#

You should access both the website and the call in number for the above webinars. Feel free to participate Try to join the call about 15 minutes before the start time to work out any admin questions especially if this is your first webinar. A copy of the A.C.T.I.V.E. Guide is also attached for your reading pleasure.


CCAA delivers webinar on ACTIVE Practice Guidelines for Care Facilities

On Wed October 28th, Clara Fitzgerald- Program Director CCAA delivered a webinar on the”Uptake and Implementation of the ACTIVE Practice Guide”

This webinar was intended to foster discussion regarding the importance of evidence based physical activity programming in care facilities. Information was shared regarding the steps care facilities should adopt in order to implement the ACTIVE practice guidelines. For a review of the presentation click here. For more information about the ACTIVE Guide or to receive a copy of the ACTIVE guide please contact ccaa@uwo.ca


CCAA gets into the Halloween Spirit

MWF Combined Fitness Class lead by Debbie Devries celebrated a spooktacular
Halloween coffee hour after their regular exercise class this week. Class
participants were encouraged to come in costume. As you can see from the
photo above, the class participants did just that and had a great time.

Halloween


pole walkersCCAA Pole Walking Heads Out

This Fall the CCAA started a new exercise class - Urban Pole Walking to
bring this new class to the great outdoors. This new class was lead by CCAA's own certified Pole Walking Instructor Sarah Merkel. The response from the class and the exercise outdoors has been fabulous! This exercise class ends this week and we hope to lead another outdoor Pole Walking class in the spring.

Included in the photo are some of the class participants and seated is Sarah
Merkel - Pole Walking Instructor


Elvins

Elvins Spencer turns 95

Long time participant at the CCAA Elvins Spencer celebrated his birthday today October 28th after participating in his regular 8:15 combined exercise class. Elvins and his wife Hanna (one year his senior) have been attending
exercise programs at the CCAA for the past 17 years - They joined the programs at the CCAA in February of 1992. Elvins has credited his longevit and good health to the participation in the exercise programs at the CCAA and also to the amazing group of friends he and Hanna have at the CCAA.
Todays event was coordinated by fellow classmate Bob Gladwell and many other
class participants helped out with all the decorations, speeches, cards,etc.

Happy 95th Birthday Elvins - We are so lucky to have you with us. Your
wit, conversation, smoozing and joy of life inspires us all - everyday.

Present in the Photo are: Bob Gladwell, Mary Lou Douglas, Hanna Spencer,
Elvin Spencer, Clara Fitzgerald


Join Our Facebook Group or become a "Friend" of the CCAA

Are you a member of Facebook? To add the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging as a friend, type Ccaa Uwo into the search bar, and then click on “Add as Friend”.
 
To become a member of the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging group on Facebook, type CCAA-Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging in the search bar, and then click on “Join Group”.
 
If you have any questions/problems, please contact Sarah Merkel at the CCAA, smerkel2@uwo.ca


CCAA takes research on the road

The Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) is offering workshops in London and Ottawa for professionals working with aging adults.

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Enjoying the Summer Sun without Suffering from the Heat

The cure for many cases of cabin fever is here: warm summer sun. Everything from barbecues to beaches bring people out in droves to enjoy the warm weather. But oftentimes, the summer brings more than bright, sunny days. It can also bring sweltering heat and unbearable humidity that makes even the brightest summer days seem dreary. These dog days of summer are hard on the body and can result in anything from heat stroke to heat exhaustion if above-normal temperatures are not taken seriously -- especially by the older adults.

View this helpful PowerPoint presentation about handling the heat by clicking here.


20 years of aging actively

Aging is inevitable – but it can be done well.
The Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging is following its own mission statement and aging with dignity as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Read the Western News story here.


2009 participant picnic2009 participant summer picnic

On June 15th, 2009 the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) had its annual Participant Summer picnic during Senior’s month. This is an annual event that we all look forward to. The event started with a fitness walk lead by CCAA fitness instructors along the Thames river on the Mount property in North London. Definitely the best potluck lunch in London – the seniors do such an amazing job contributing fine baked goods to celebrate seniors month!!

This year we had over 150 participants on a beautiful sunny day. The picnic was held this year for the first time on the grounds of “The Mount” and as you can see the backdrop was beautiful.

Thanks to everyone who joined us in celebrating seniors month with a group of active seniors who regularly participate in exercise programs at the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (Research Centre within the FHS)- for more information about the CCAA www.uwo.ca/actage or 519 661-1603

photo:Ken Leyland (CCAA Participant), Eileen Grainger (COO FHS), Jim Weese (Dean FHS), Lorraine Papoff (CCAA participant), Mary McKim-McKenzie (CCAA Participant), Yvonne Ye (Western student), Clara Fitzgerald (CCAA Director), Huissan Moslim (Western student), and sitting Joan Bullen (CCAA participant).


Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging subject of AM980 "Savvy Senior" program

The CCAA's Clara Fitzgerald recently participated in an in-depth interview for AM980's weekly program Savvy Senior.

Listen to the interview here.


Just Launched! ACTIVE Guidelines for Care Facilities

Currently in Ontario there are no evidence-based practice guidelines available to support physical activity programming with health and well-being outcomes for seniors in long-term care homes. With an aging population increasing demands on our long-term care system, such physical activity programming for functional, recreational and restorative outcomes for older adults will remain critical to the health system and to improve quality of care.

Learn how this guide can help you improve physical activity programming in your care facility.

Click here to read the full Guide (PDF). Adobe Reader required to view. Go to www.adobe.com to download it free.


New in 2008! Exercise Leadership Training for Stroke Survivors

More than 50,000 strokes occur every year in Canada. Sadly, one in three deaths in Canada is due to heart disease and stroke. Stroke can cause severe physical limitations that prevent an individual from participating in a higher-functioning exercise program for older adults. Physical activity can help restore physical function and quality of life for those who have experienced a stroke, as well as prevent another stroke from happening.

Read the article here.


Winter Course Brochure and Update

Read the latest news from the CCAA Leadership Training Team.
Learn more about the new ACTIVE guidelines for care facilities, the upcoming Activity and Aging Conference, leadership training success stories and upcoming courses in your area.

January 2009 - Course Brochure and Update (PDF)
You will require Adobe Reader to view. Go to www.adobe.com to download it free.


Exercise does an aging body good

Dora BoodeWhen "Sergeant Major" Dora Boode tells people to get exercising, they listen. But, Boode isn’t running an army boot camp. The 70-year-old is volunteering at a biweekly exercise class at the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) at The University of Western Ontario and the average age of her ‘recruits’ is 75 years old. Read the Western News Story here


CCAA Website Relaunched!

The Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) is excited to launch its newly redesigned website! This new site features a dramatic improvement in appearance, content and usability of the research centre’s site.

The new design will streamline the page with the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Health Sciences brand while acknowledging the unique activities of the CCAA. The site’s main page includes current information about upcoming events and news relevant to the field of activity and aging. Visit the CCAA’s main page often to learn about what’s new, upcoming presentations, conferences and publications.

All of the site’s pages have been redesigned and reorganized in an effort to match the CCAA’s web presence with other rebranding efforts such as the new logo and updated newsletter in 2006, new conference display boards in 2007 and new course brochures in 2008.

The CCAA recognises that attractive and easy-to-use marketing materials are essential to maintain and generate interest in the Centre’s current activities and plans to continue to update and generate new resources as the need arises. If you have any questions please email Matt Quin.


Change is good and in this case change is great!

Effective November 1, 2008 the CCAA has adopted a new senior fitness test protocol to be used for our standard fitness appraisal. Fitness appraisals are paramount to the CCAA as they help us to monitor our participants’ fitness levels prior to the commencement of an exercise program, and again annually to measure their progress.

Read the article here

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Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging
Toll Free 1.866.661.1603
Fax 519.661.1612
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