Biography - Clara Fitzgerald
Clara Fitzgerald is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Brock University. She has served as Program Director of the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) at the University of Western Ontario since 2005. Prior to becoming Program Director she held a variety of other roles with the CCAA for over 15 years including Master Trainer, Research Coordinator and Education Coordinator.
She is an active member of a variety of groups working to improve the lives of seniors in Canada. She has been affiliated with the Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA) for over 12 years and is currently a Guardian on the ALCOA board of directors. Clara is also a member of the Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (SHRTN) in Ontario, as a Community of Practice Leader.
Clara is recognized as a national presenter and educator. Her primary focus is on promoting physical activity opportunities for older adults across the spectrum of age and mobility. She has facilitated more than 50 courses nationally to over 1000 participants and has worked with over 400 Care facilities (LTC, Residential Care, Adult Day Programs) throughout the country encouraging physical activity opportunities for seniors in those settings. She has also delivered the CCAA’s leadership training courses internationally educating students in other countries such as Italy and Japan.
Clara is passionate about the CCAA’s vision “Research to Action – Leaders in Physical Activity and Aging”. She believes that knowledge translation and knowledge transfer are the cornerstones of the CCAA’s mission “To develop, encourage and promote an active, healthy lifestyle for Canadian adults that will enhance the dignity of the aging process.” Recently, she led the SHRTN Activity and Aging Community of Practice (AA CoP) responsible for the development of the ACTIVE practice guidelines - physical activity practice guidelines designed to help care facilities improve functional activity programming for frail residents. She also co-authored the first publication in Canada to explore the need for restorative programming for frail older adults living in care facilities.
Clara has lent her expertise in the field of physical activity for older adults to the development of the Registered Nurses of Ontario (RNAO) Falls Best Practice Guidelines. She has also contributed to the National Leadership Training guidelines for Physical Activity Leaders in the community, home care and long-term care settings. These training guidelines led to the development of the International Society on Aging and Physical Activity’s (ISAPA) International Curriculum guidelines for exercise programming for older adults. These guidelines are recognised as the gold standard for physical activity programming for seniors by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Clara is a member of many committees which promote the health and activity needs of older adults locally, nationally and internationally. She also teaches a variety of courses in the School of Kinesiology both at the University of Western Ontario and at the University of Verona, Italy.
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