Healthy Aging in Canada: Active Aging Canada
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.
2022 Annual Report
A Story of Numbers
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Dance your way to better health
They say that the best type of exercise to do is the one you will stick with. If you love to dance, good news – more and more research shows that dancing has many health benefits.
Supporting Seniors in Getting and Staying Active
How can the "ABCs" of physical activity support active aging? Learn about physical activity literacy in our article featured in MediaPlanetCA's latest "EmpoweringSeniors" campaign.
Active Agers in Canada 5 - Elisabeth from Ontario - YouTube Video
Elisabeth encourages us all to live well and to age well. This includes a life of movement. Elisabeth took on Yoga as a way to recover from an accident and to regain her movement. Yoga allows her to once again do the things she enjoys doing. Her advice is to take the first step today; the best time to start being active is right now!
Your Personal Passport to Healthy Living resources, updated and revised including a virtual facilitation training slide deck. Free copies available.
Step into Spring! Walking for health
With warmer weather arriving, many of us are looking to get outside and walk more. But how many steps do we really need for good health? Our research director, Dr. Liza Stathokostas, shares the latest research.
Our Active Aging Network Articles are now available in PDF format!
Every month, Active Aging Canada posts an Active Aging Network article. The evidence-based articles speak to current topics that help to increase the physical activity literacy of older Canadians. The network articles are now easier to share in downloadable pdf format.
The role of muscle in healthy aging
This month's Active Aging Network article discusses recent research that highlights the importance of staying strong for healthy aging.
Take a Social Adventure, It’s Good for You
We all know that exercise makes us feel better. But the real joy we feel from physical activity may come from more than just being active.
Fountain of youth? A look at Extracellular vesicles (EVs) in aging and frailty
Meeting via WebEx. Registration required for meeting.
Active Agers In Canada
A new resource that tells older Canadians how to engage in safe, successful physical activity. It was developed by our partners: the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and Exercise is Medicine® Canada.
Be Wise – Cannabis, palliative care and sleep
This is the eleventh in our video series relating to cannabis and older adults.
Top 5 Questions Answered about COVID-19 and Influenza (Flu) Immunization
Moving toward a Better Normal
2021 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Adults
Be Wise – Cannabis: Travel and Safety
This is the seventh in our video series relating to cannabis and older adults.
Not the time to be still
At ParticipACTION, we believe physical activity is a necessity of life, critical for good health and well-being, and has the power to make Canada a healthy, joyful, environmentally progressive, inclusive, and economically strong nation.
Be Wise Podcasts
Guidelines for cannabis dosing and your health conditions.
This is the twenty-first in our pod cast series about cannabis and older adults.
Your Personal Passport to Healthy Living
This Passport can be downloaded for individual use, or hard copies may be ordered from the office for use as a resource in a Healthy Living Workshop. The Passport contains useful information and tips on a variety of healthy aging topics and chronic diseases, helpful hints, charts to track results and lots of resources.
Wellness Together Canada (WTC)
On April 15, 2020, the Government of Canada launched a portal to help address the unprecedented rise in feelings of stress, anxiety and depression in Canada due to COVID-19
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
I’m an older adult, should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
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.
What Exactly is Physical Literacy?
Perspectives from older adults and those who work with older adults
Older Adults & Cannabis Use
A Narrative Review of Age-specific Issues
Cannabis Use and Canadian Adults
A survey on use, interest and information needs
Active Aging at Home
There are so many resources available to help you stay active at home.
Active Aging Canada is celebrating 20 years
Active Aging Canada is celebrating 20 years of promoting healthy active aging.
Knowledge Translation among Canadian Researchers in the Field of Physical Activity and Aging – A Brief Report
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
Aging People, Aging Places
Are you an older adult living in Canada? We want to hear from you!
Cannabis in the Closet?
Professor Sherry Dahlke at the University of Alberta is conducting a study on how older Canadians learn about and access Cannabis for medical reasons.
INVITATION RESEARCH PROJECT
Are you: • Over the age of 50 • Living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, mild or advanced • Identifying as trans (transsexual, transgender, nonbinary, etc.)
INVITATION RESEARCH PROJECT
Are you: • Over the age of 18 • Caring for a trans or nonbinary person who has Alzheimer’s or dementia (mild or advanced) • Providing regular care and support to this person, i.e. at least monthly
Aging People, Aging Places: Experiences, Opportunities, and Challenges of Growing Older in Canada
Dr. Samantha Biglieri (Ryerson University, soon to be renamed) and Dr. Maxwell Hartt (Queens University) are working on showcasing findings from their book Aging People, Aging Places: Experiences, Opportunities, and Challenges of Growing Older in Canada
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....
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...
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.
Receive a $10 gift card for participating in a study
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.