Activity and Aging News
June 10, 2021
New research indicates that reducing sitting time for older adults in long-term care could preserve or even improve quality of life, physical functioning and cognition in these facilities.
April 13, 2021
While it has long been known that too much sitting can have negative health effects, Kinesiology professor Harry Prapavessis argues that certain types of sitting are better than others.
February 05, 2021
Nursing professor Anna Garnett, along with co-authors from McMaster and the University of Manitoba, penned a column for The Conversation that takes a look at how older caregivers are struggling with the extra burden of home care during COVID-19.
December 10, 2020
A research study out of the Wolf Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory and led by Physical Therapy professor Trevor Birmingham has found that with the right exercise, working through the initial pain of osteoarthritis can be beneficial.
December 07, 2020
School of Health Studies professor Maxwell Smith has been appointed to the Government of Ontario’s Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force. The task force will oversee the delivery, storage and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario.
November 30, 2020
It can take just pennies a day to motivate people to exercise more, and they will step up their efforts when teamed with a buddy to collect joint rewards, a Western University study shows.
July 16, 2020
Health Sciences MClSc/PhD students Taylor Bardell and Matthew Urichuk have designed a mask that helps community members community with people who rely on lip-reading.
May 21, 2020
When COVID-19 hit, and the province closed classes like Anne Cooke’s Stay Fit seniors’ fitness class to enforce social distancing, she went virtual to continue providing exercise opportunities for her 120 students. The free online classes are currently attracting approximately 30 participants per session.
April 09, 2020
As we recently shifted the CCAA’s operations to a virtual model, we have made some adjustments to our community programs as well as our leadership training processes and requirements to accommodate these changes. We also launched a series of Active at Home videos to help keep older adults moving safely while practicing physical distancing.
March 12, 2020
UPDATED: March 24, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) - As new information is available regarding COVID-19 and its impact on the CCAA, it will be posted here. This information is specific to the CCAA and is intended to supplement Western's official advisories regarding COVID-19.
March 03, 2020
Recent Western-led research has shown that the use of commercial apps providing small but immediate financial incentives can help people increase their activity levels over the long term, and decrease the number of Canadians classified as physically inactive.
February 25, 2020
Be EPIC, a research program led by Health Studies professor Marie Savundrayanagam and funded by the Future Skills Centre (FSC), is helping Personal Support Workers provide enhanced care to the increasing number of Canadians living with dementia.
February 13, 2020
The CCAA was recently awarded $49,999 from the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (C-CABHI) SPARK Program for a 1-year project to advance the development of its innovative functional fitness software database called HAroLD (Healthy Active Living Database).
February 10, 2020
Caffeine and exercise have been shown to separately improve certain aspects of cognition like attention and alertness, but the two energy boosters had never been compared head-to-head until Western's Exercise and Health Psychology Laboratory explored the idea.
January 14, 2020
Neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's can make everyday tasks immensely challenging, which is why most people with the disease rely on informal caregivers, often family members, to help maintain their quality of living. This podcast features Lisa Moszczynski, a master's student in Health and Rehabilitation Science, who has been researching the difficulties caregivers face - feelings of invisibility, lack of agency, and inability to access support.
January 09, 2020
Seniors across Ontario may soon be building healthier lives and stronger communities right at home, thanks to the efforts of Western researchers and colleagues across the province focused on helping seniors live independently as long as possible.
December 10, 2019
Only 16 per cent of Canadians meet the government’s physical activity guidelines, which require 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise every week, according to Statistics Canada. And experts say that as we get older, staying active becomes even more important.
October 28, 2019
On Tuesday, November 26, the CCAA will offer complimentary training in HIGH FIVE's Principles of Healthy Aging to 25 individuals. Participants selected for the free session are required to complete feedback regarding the training and offer the Principles of Healthy Aging in their communities.
April 25, 2019
The CCAA recently partnered with Go P.E.I. to get more older adults in communities in Prince Edward Island active. Newly trained TEP and Ball facilitators will partner with P.E.I. assisted living facilities to expand the reach of the program by training seniors and staff members to deliver classes in their facilities.
March 20, 2019
The CCAA is celebrating 30 years of activity and aging at R2A 2019 with a little help from our friends Hal Johnson & Joanne McLeod from BodyBreak!
February 28, 2019
Older adults who engage in short bursts of physical activity can experience a boost in brain health even if the activity is carried out at a reasonably low intensity, according to a new Western study.
September 07, 2018
New research led by Health Studies professor Aleksandra Zecevic shows that London-area paramedics are spending at least a month's worth of time each year literally picking up seniors who have called emergency services for help in getting up after a fall.
March 27, 2018
The CCAA, in consultation with London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), is pleased to have developed new fitness opportunities at the CCAA as a meaningful option for members of LHSC’s Cardiac Fitness Institute (CFI), which is slated to close on April 27, 2018.
March 08, 2018
500 Londoners stay limber, mobile and active, minimize disease and maximize their independence by participating in fitness classes available two or three times a week at Western’s Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging.