London, Canada – the Canadian Centre for Activity at Western University (CCAA) is pleased to announce it has received a 2-year $140,000 grant from the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (2017-18) . These funds will support exercise program development and implementation for older adults with mobility challenges.
Physical activity is a sensible and feasible way of reducing health care costs, as the risks of morbidity, premature mortality and functional disability can be reduced by up to 50%. By training staff and caregivers across Ontario to administer an evidence-based assessment tool and exercise program to older adults with mobility challenges, functional ability levels of older adults can be improved or maintained, leading to a reduction in functional decline that can hinder overall well-being.
The mandate of the CCAA is to develop, encourage and promote an active, healthy lifestyle for Canadian adults that will enhance the dignity of the aging process.
“Funding for this project will help those delivering exercise programs for older adults with mobility challenges to safely and effectively assess the functional level of the individual and select the most appropriate ‘tier’ from the multi-level exercise program being developed. It will provide a more efficient and effective exercise experience for the older adult, and help standardize assessment and delivery of exercise programs for older adults in a variety of community, long term care, and retirement settings.”
The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund is directed by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.