Healthy Aging in Canada: Active Aging Canada

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Active Aging Canada strives to promote a society where all adult and older adult Canadians are leading active lifestyles that contribute to their overall well-being.

Statistics Canada reported in 2013 that only 1 in 5 adults, and older adult Canadians, achieve the recommended 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week, based on the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. These inactive Canadians are unable to realize the health benefits or active living.



Statistics Canada reported in 2017 that :

Those over the age of 65 outnumber children under the age of 14. There are more seniors (5.9 million) than children (5.8 million) in Canada. In 2021, 1 in 5 people will be over the age of 65, and 1 in 3 over the age of 55 By 2061, it is projected that there will be 12 million seniors to 8 million children.

In 2017, there were 8,230 Canadians over the age of 100, and there are five times more women in this group.

Active Aging Canada, in partnership with its members, encourages Canadian adults and older adults to maintain and enhance their well-being and independence through a lifestyle that embraces physical activity and an active living philosophy with the end goal of healthy active aging.


Be Wise Podcasts

Be Wise Podcasts

Cannabis and medical conditions, part 4; Parkinson’s disease, glaucoma, lack of appetite
This is the eleventh in our pod cast series about cannabis and older adults.

Staying active over 55

Staying active over 55 – What are the barriers for women?

What stops women from getting exercise as they get older? And how do women get over these barriers?

Too Fit to Fracture, Part 3

Too Fit to Fracture, Part 3

After the age of 40, we lose 0.5% to 1% of the bone mass in our skeleton each year. A diagnosis of osteoporosis means that bones have weakened to the point where they could break from a simple fall.

>Cannabis and Older Adults

Be Wise, Cannabis and Older Adults

Be Wise, Cannabis and Older Adults is factual information about cannabis for older adults. Easy to understand, written in clear language, the Be Wise booklet is meant to help older adults make wise decisions about cannabis use.

>COVID-19 Vaccines – What Older Canadians Need to Know

COVID-19 Vaccines – What Older Canadians Need to Know

I’m an older adult, should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Development of a physical literacy model for older adults

Development of a physical literacy model for older adults

Only 12% of the older adult population meet the minimum physical activity guidelines to maintain health. Practitioners must consider Physical Literacy as a model for increasing physical activity among aging Canadian adults.

Adult Vaccinations in Canada

Adult Vaccination in Canada

This report card provides an objective snapshot of how each province and territory in Canada is currently performing in the priority area of adult vaccination.

What Exactly is Physical Literacy?

What Exactly is Physical Literacy?

Perspectives from older adults and those who work with older adults

Older Adults and Cannabis Use

Older Adults & Cannabis Use

A Narrative Review of Age-specific Issues

Cannabis Use and Canadian Adults

Cannabis Use and Canadian Adults

A survey on use, interest and information needs

Annual Report 2019

Active Aging Canada 2020 Annual Report

Active Aging Canada, a national charity, incorporated in 1999, exists to promote healthy active aging with a vision of healthy living for life. Our mission is to support lifelong healthy active aging of adult Canadians through participation, education, research, and promotion.

Active Aging at Home

Active Aging at Home

There are so many resources available to help you stay active at home.

Celebrating 20 Years

Active Aging Canada is celebrating 20 years

Active Aging Canada is celebrating 20 years of promoting healthy active aging.

Better with Age. Move more today for a healthier tomorrow.

Did adults living in Canada make the grade?

The first-ever ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Adults is here!

Knowledge Translation among Canadian Researchers

Knowledge Translation

Knowledge Translation among Canadian Researchers in the Field of Physical Activity and Aging – A Brief Report

To be active at home, take your Daily Dose!

Daily Dose Exercises

Many of us struggle to be physically active on a regular basis. Exercise-particularly starting an activity program-challenges people to change their behavior, and that's hard.

Research Studies Requiring Participants

Research Study - Building Bridges

Building Bridges to Positive Aging Among Seniors - Participants Aged 55+ Needed for a study on Relationships and Positive Aging.

We are interested in finding out how loneliness and social isolation may affect you and what you think could be done to build stronger social relationships. We invite you to participate in 1 or 2 initiatives that will help us to reach our goal....

Research Study - Fitness and Covid-19

Have you noticed that it’s getting more difficult for you to walk long distances?

Researchers at the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University are looking for adults and older adults with early changes in their mobility to take part in a study...

Research Study - Fitness and Covid-19

Does fitness and physical activity influenced COVID severity in adults?

We are looking for adults who have had COVID-19 (as indicated by a positive test) to complete an online survey to explore if fitness and physical activity levels influence infection severity.

Research Study

Research opportunity

Receive a $10 gift card for participating in a study

Community Outreach teleheAlth program for Covid

UBC Clinical Skills Volunteer Patient Program

Would you like to help train the doctors of tomorrow? We have a wonderful volunteer opportunity for you!

Stay Active At Home

Research participants wanted for an online UBC study

Help UBC researchers (PI Hoppmann) better understand how recruiting support from friends or family can promote everyday health behaviours and wellbeing during the current circumstances.

Cannabis and Older Adults

Join Active Aging Canada

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Stay Active Age Well

Healthy Aging and Connected Livings

Silver Times

Healthy Aging and Connected Living

Empowering Aging Canadians