Canadian Centre for Activity and Agine

Past Projects

The past community projects conducted by the CCAA are listed categorically below:

Assisted Living

Long-Term Care Exercise Research Project

Year: 1998

Partner(s): Long Term Care facilities in London, ON

Funder(s): Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute, Walter J. Blackburn Family Foundation, Richard Ivey Foundation, Ontario Ministry of Health-Long Term Care Division, Health Canada.

Summary: 

  • Investigated strategies to improve and maintain balance, strength and mobility of frail residents living in long-term care facilities
  • Developed the Long-term Care Physical Activity Workshop
  • Designed a low cost standardized exercise program for frail elderly called Functional Fitness in Long-term Care (FFLTC) now known as the Functional Fitness for Older Adults (FFOA)

Publication: Lazowski, D.A., N.A. Ecclestone, A.M. Meyers, D.H. Peterson, C. Tudor-Locke, C.F. Fitzgerald, G. Jones, N. Shirma, DA Cunningham. A randomized outcome evaluation of group exercise programs in long-term care institutions. J. Gerontol. Med. Sci. M621-M628, 1999.

Restorative Care Education and Training Intervention

Year: 2005

Partner(s): Ontario Ministry of Health - Long Term Care Division, Ontario Nursing Home Association, Southwestern Ontario Regional Geriatric Program, London Region Community Care Access Centres and Long Term Care facilities.

Summary: Developed an education and training package to train staff in long-term care facilities to design and implement an effective Restorative Care Program. See the RCET page for course details.

Activity and Aging Community of Practice (CoP)

Year: 2006

Funder(s): Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (SHRTN)

Summary: Develop and nurture a Community of Practice for physical activity and aging among those working in care facilities.

Exercise Leadership Training for Adult Day Programs

Year: 2007

Funder(s): Manulife Financial

Summary: Development and delivery (in Southwestern Ontario) of an exercise leadership course for those working in adult day programs.

Post Rehab Exercise for Stroke (PRES)

Year: 2007-2008

Funder: Sifton Family Foundation

Summary: Development of a workshop designed to teach an outcome-based physical activity program specifically for post-rehab stroke survivors living in the community. See PRES page for details. 

Dissemination and Uptake Evaluation of Practice Guidelines for Physical Activity in Long Term Care

Year: 2008

Funder(s): Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (SHRTN)

Summary: Carry out an evaluation of practice guidelines for physical activity in long term care settings.

Dissemination of ACTIVE Guidelines

Year: 2009

Funder(s): Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (SHRTN)

Summary: Disseminate the ACTIVE guidelines for physical activity in long-term care through the Activity and Aging Community of Practice.

Home Support

Home Support Exercise Program (HSEP) Development and Expansion

Year: 1999

Partner(s): Community Care Access Centre

Summary: 

  • Developed a low cost, simple and effective exercise program designed to assist frail older adults living in the community, to improve/maintain their current level of function to remain living independently
  • Developed the HSEP training package for workshops
  • Produced the Home Support Exercise Program Video
  • HSEP consists of 10 simple yet progressive exercises, designed to maintain functional mobility and quality of life of homebound older adults
  • HSEP is currently delivered through both formal (Home Care) and informal (caregivers, volunteers) networks

Publication(s): Tudor-Locke, C., A.M. Meyers, C.S. Jacob, J. Gareth, DA Lazowski, NA Ecclestone. Development and Formative Evaluation of the Centre for Activity and Ageing's Home Support Exercise Program for Frail Older Adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 59-75, 2000.

Home Support Exercise Program for First Nations

Year: 2002

Partner(s): The National Indian and Inuit Community Health Representative Organization (NIICHRO), Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA).

Summary: Addressed the physical activity needs of frail older adult aboriginals and involved a diabetes needs assessment as well as participation in the Home Support Exercise Program.

Community

Expansion of the Get Fit for Active Living (GFAL) Program - Southwestern Ontario

Year: 2005

Funding Partner(s): Sifton Family Foundation

Summary: Extend the delivery of the GFAL program across Southwestern Ontario.

Maintaining Fitness  & Community Engagement of Meal Delivery Volunteers

Year: 2006

Partner(s): Meals on Wheels London

Funder(s): Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion

Summary: Deliver the 8-week Get Fit for Active Living program to volunteers of Meals on Wheels with the goal to increase fitness and help maintain their ability to carry out meal delivery.

Expansion of the Get Fit for Active Living (GFAL) Program - Northern Ontario and Maritimes

Year: 2006-2009

Funding Partner(s): RBC Foundation

Summary: Expansion of the GFAL program into northern Ontario communities and the Maritimes.

Demonstration and Evaluation of the Get Fit for Active Living Program

Year: 2008-2011

Funder(s): Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Summary: A national process and outcome evaluation of the Get Fit for Active Living program.

Elders In Motion

Year: 2009

Funder & Partner: NWT Parks and Recreation

Summary: Trained approximately 60 individuals in the Home Support Exercise Program Facilitator training, who then delivered the HSEP to Dene Elders.

Research to Action Conference (2009)

Year: 2008

Funder(s): Canadian Institutes of Health Research  

Summary: Two-day conference for CCAA trainers.

Expansion of the Get Fit for Active Living (GFAL) Program - London

Year: 2010

Funding Partner(s): Westminster College Foundation

Summary: Deliver the GFAL program in London.

Functional Fitness for Falls Prevention

Year: 2010/11

Funder(s): Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion

Summary: Deliver the CCAA's Functional Fitness for Falls Prevention leadership program to staff working in retirement residences in four regions of Ontario. 

Training of Coaches on Physical Activity and Aging

Year: 2010

Partner(s): Equinox Fitness

Funder(s): Equinox Fitness

Summary: Deliver presentations on physical activity and aging to Tier 4 coaches in six cities in the US. 

Satellite Exercise Programs in London

Year: 2010

Funder(s): Sifton Family Foundation

Summary: Identification and setup of satellite CCAA exercise programs in London's under-serviced areas.  Update of CCAA training materials.

Providing Accessible CCAA Exercise Opportunities in London

Year: 2010

Partner(s): City of London, Amica Retirement Residence, Glendale Crossing

Funder(s): Westminster College Foundation

Summary: Deliver the Get Fit for Active Living (GFAL) program at a reduced cost to residents of north and southwest London.

Healthy Living Program

Year: 2010

Partner(s): Hutton House

Funder(s): Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion (Grantee: Hutton House)

Summary: Deliver a series of workshops on falls prevention and physical activity to adults with disabilities.

Canadian Best Practice Portal Project

Year: 2010

Funder(s): Public Health Agency of Canada

Summary: Identify physical activity interventions for older adults and populate the Canadian Best Practice Portal.

Research to Action Conference (2010)

Year: 2009

Funder(s): Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Summary: Two-day conference for CCAA trainers (June 18 & 19, 2010).

Research to Action Conference (2011)

Year: 2010

Funder(s): Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Summary: Two-day conference for CCAA trainers (June 24 & 25, 2011).

Chronic/Special Conditions

Osteoporosis Exercise Project

Year: 20??

Partner(s): ??

Summary: Designed an osteoporosis screening process and management program that can be adapted for various communities and developed osteoporosis exercise guidelines.

Hip Fracture Interest Group

Year: 2001-2003

Partner(s): ??

Summary: Investigated evidence-based research related to the prevention, acute care and post acute care management of hip fractures.

Project to Prevent Falls in Veterans

Year: 2001 -2004

Funder(s): Public Health Agency of Canada.

Partner(s): Western University (Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Physical Therapy, Kinesiology)  Royal Canadian Legion, Southwest Ontario Regional Geriatrics Program, The Council on Aging (Windsor-Essex County), Central West Ontario Trauma Prevention Council (Phase I only).

Summary: Project addressed risk factors for falls in veterans living in Southwestern Ontario (Phase I) and provided risk factor modification (Phase II).

Get Fit for Active Living - Diabetes

Year: 2009

Funder(s): Public Health Agency of Canada (Canadian Diabetes Strategy).

Summary: Created a referral system for Diabetes Education Centres to refer clients to physical activity programs, created the diabetes version of the 8-week Get Fit for Active Living program, and disseminated the program in MB, NS, AB and ON.

Webinar Series on Musculoskeletal Health

Year: 2009/10

Funder(s): Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis.

Summary: Provided a series of webinars on musculoskeletal health, arthritis and physical activity, to better inform the public about the importance of physical activity and mobility in the maintenance of musculoskeletal health and the prevention and management of arthritis.

Nutrition & Wellness

Wellness Clinics

Year: 20??

Partner(s): ??

Summary: Designed to promote fitness and well-being in rural communities

Nutrition Projects

Year: 20??

Partner(s): Third Age Outreach and Senior Living

Summary: Designed and implemented nutrition programs for older adults to promote well-being. Also developed a nutrition needs assessment and resource for:

  • Immigrant seniors attending a program at the London InterCommunity Health Centre (collaborative effort between the Centre for Activity and Aging and Brescia College);
  • Low-income seniors living in supportive housing (collaborative effort between the CCAA and Third Age Outreach and Senior Living)
  • Bereaved older adults (collaborative effort between the CCAA and Third Age Outreach)

Resources developed for this project:

  • Nutrition and Physical Activity for Immigrant Older Adults: A resource manual for Educational Interventions. A. Garcia, CS Johnson
  • Older Adults, Ethnicity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: An annotated bibliography. A. Garcia, CS Johnson, N. Mitek (Lauzon), W. Collins
  • Nutrition information sessions as part of the "Third Outreach Senior's Health Promotion Series" directed at older adults in the community
  • Nutrition information sessions as part of an educational component, during the new Active Living Community Development Program

Nutritional Health for Seniors

Year: 2001

Partner(s): Third Age Outreach (SJHC London)

Summary: Development of the Nutritional Health for Seniors Resource Manual. This evidence-based nutritional resource manual is available to bereaved individuals, counsellors and social workers who work with seniors, medical personnel and any others who are involved in attempting to enhance the lives of older persons.

Guidelines

National Leadership Training Guidelines

Year: 2006

Funder(s): Health Canada

Partner(s): Health Canada, Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA)

Summary: Dissemination and Implementation of these guidelines for Physical Activity Programs Targeting Older Adults to organizations and provincial bodies across Canada. The CCAA led an initiative to develop leadership guidelines for physical activity leaders working with older adults in the community, home care and long-term care sectors. For a copy of the Guidelines for Leaders of Physical Activity Programs in Long-Term Care, Home Care & The Community please email ccaa@uwo.ca

Exercise Guidelines for Adult Day Programs

Year: 2005

Funder(s): Manulife Financial

Summary: Development of exercise program guidelines for those working with clients of adult day programs.

Exercise Guidelines for Care Facilities

Year: 2007

Funder(s): Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (SHRTN)

Summary: Development and promotion of exercise guidelines for care facilities.