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

Our Mission

To develop, encourage and promote an active, healthy lifestyle for Canadian adults that will enhance the dignity of the aging process.

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.

Exercise Programs

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.