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.
Myths About Exercise and Aging
People often pass along myths or misconceptions from one generation to the next. For instance, your mother may have told you it’s important to wear clean underwear in case of an accident, something she probably learned from her mother.
Be Wise – Therapeutic benefits of cannabis
This is the eighth 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.
One Senior’s Perspective on Flu & Independence
When 87-year-old Peggy Prendergast went to the hospital for a fractured hip in 2017, nothing prepared her for what she was about to see.
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.
2021 Annual Report
Be Active | Be Healthy | Be Wise
A Senior’s Story from Influenza Diagnosis to Long-Term Impact
It’s been just over a year since 79-year-old Kamloops, BC resident Art Bepple was diagnosed with influenza and spent the next two months in the hospital fighting for his life.
More than a bad cold: The burden of flu in seniors
When Larry Sharpe embarked on a family vacation with his wife, children and five grandchildren to Hawaii, he never thought he would end up in the hospital.
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.
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?
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
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
UBC Clinical Skills Volunteer Patient Program
Would you like to help train the doctors of tomorrow? We have a wonderful volunteer opportunity for you!
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.