Canadian Centre for Activity and Agine

Who We Are

The Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) was established in 1989 as a research and community centre, affiliated with the Lawson Research Institute of St. Joseph’s Health Centre and London Health Sciences Centre and the Faculties of Health Sciences and of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. Shortly after its establishment the Centre received a federal grant to develop exercise and leadership programs for older adults.

Currently more than 500 London seniors participate in CCAA exercise classes each week and more than 1000 people from across Canada are trained in CCAA leadership training courses each year. These classes and courses are developed around research conducted at the CCAA and introduce physical activity programs for seniors across the mobility spectrum.

The CCAA is proud to be Canada’s leader in current research and program development for improved physical ability and healthy aging for older adults within the Faculty of Health Science at Western University.

Our Mission

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

Our Goals

  1. To become a high-quality national centre supporting physical activity for the aging population.
  2. To become the national coordinating and accreditation institute for CCAA's community-based programs and services for the elderly.
  3. To support, encourage and disseminate nationally research into an active lifestyle for older adults, and to act as a resource for Health Canada and other national organizations.
  4. To establish international alliances and promote an open exchange of scientific knowledge, health and community programs to benefit active older adults.
  5. To educate provincial governments, industry and social agencies on the benefits of an active aging population.
  6. To be the national data centre for information on activity and aging.