About the CCAA
The CCAA is a unique, national research and education centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western. It promotes physical activity and well-being for older adults through a combination of basic and applied research, education, and community-based exercise programs. Its education and leadership training programs instruct thousands of individuals across Canada in standard, evidence-based practices to enhance the functional fitness of older adults at every level of mobility. Established in 1989, the CCAA is Western’s longest-running research centre.
Mission & Vision
To develop, encourage and promote an active, healthy lifestyle for Canadian adults that will enhance the dignity of the aging process.
Research at the CCAA includes a wide spectrum of basic and applied high-quality, innovative studies using a range of investigative designs and quantitative and qualitative methods. The emphasis of research is on activity, health, well-being and aging processes among older adults often linked to optimizing their inter- and independence. Knowledge mobilization, translation and exchange also are key theme areas of research frequently undertaken collaboratively by CCAA Research Associates, other researchers, graduate students and Community Partners at local, regional, provincial, national and international levels.
Education & Leadership
The CCAA provides evidence-based, active aging education for healthcare professionals, fitness leaders, volunteers and family members. CCAA programs promote accountable and effective functional mobility for older adults exercising in a variety of settings including community locations, long term care facilities, retirement living, adult day programs, and at home.
The CCAA has developed model exercise programs for older adults and provides leadership training to support the delivery of these exercise programs nationally, including at the CCAA’s outreach location in London, Ontario. Exercise program leaders are trained and certified in the Seniors' Fitness Instructor Course.