Physical Activity and Aging in Canada Video Series | April 15, 2015Presently, Canadians have one of the highest life expectancies in the world. On average, a 65 year old man can expect to live another 17 years and a 65 year old woman can expect to live an additional 21 years. 13 of those years will be in good health but 4-8 will be in poor health. These videos make the case for the importance of physical activity in minimizing chronic disease and maximizing quality of life as we age.
Can Weight Training Boost the Aging Brain? | September 16, 2014Providing guidance regarding exercise prescription for the treatment of cognitive impairment can be difficult. An exact exercise prescription is problematic due to the various types of cognitive impairment studied, the method of assessing cognitive impairment and the type of exercise protocol used in research studies.
Prostate Cancer and Exercise | September 16, 2014Cancer is a disease largely associated with aging: most survivors are older than 65 years. In the last two decades, it has become clear that exercise plays a vital role in cancer prevention and control.
Stay Fit and Hydrated During the Summer | June 03, 2014Summer heat can cause a variety of medical problems for active individuals, especially seniors. Here are some tips to help you exercise safely throughout the warmest months of the year.
Winter Exercise | February 08, 2013Cold weather increases blood clotting, decreases blood vessel diameter, and is associated with an increased risk of heart attack. Avoid the winter blues, stay healthy, and do it all safely. Learn useful tips and links to help you keep active this winter.
The Dangers of Sitting | August 09, 2012The media has been reporting on the importance of reducing 'sitting time' or sedentary time. Perhaps in no other segment of the Canadian population is the emerging field of sedentary behaviour more consequential than for older adults.
The Flexibility Debate | August 08, 2012Less is known about the role of flexibility in the maintenance or improvement of functional abilities. While joint flexibility may decrease with age – and this has the potential to affect normal daily function – there currently does not exist a synthesis of the literature to support the recommendation of the inclusion of a flexibility component to older adult exercise programs.
Graduate students, Western retirees work out the neuromuscular system | October 06, 2011Thanks to a team of graduate students at Western’s 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.