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.
According to the latest Canadian Health Measures Survey (2019) only 1 in 3 older Canadians achieve the recommended 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week based on the new 24-hour Movement Guidelines for physical activity.
These inactive Canadians are unable to realize the health benefits or active living.
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.
The flu and You - Facts for Older Adults
All age groups can be affected by the flu. But older adults are at a greater risk
Tips to stay protected during respiratory virus season
Washing your hands, cleaning high-touch surface areas, and getting the high-dose flu shot are a few.
The domino effect of the flu in seniors
The flu may appear to be a minor setback or a nuisance at most. But for older adults aged 65 and above, it can be a life-threatening disease with the potential to significantly impact their independence.
Staying active after a breast cancer diagnosis
In October we raise awareness in support of those living with breast cancer.
Share your thoughts: Canada’s Safe Long-term Care Act
The Government of Canada is holding a 60-day online consultation inviting people, including long-term care residents and their families, to share their perspectives and expertise on how to improve the quality and safety of long-term care.
Hot Weather Safety for Physical Activity
Hotter weather has arrived in most parts of Canada. We look forward to this time of year, but too much heat is not good for anyone and it can be riskier as we get older. For more information and tips on being active in hot weather see our network article here:
Take the first steps to getting active in 2023
You’ve decided to set goals and take a step towards becoming more active. But if you have never exercised, or had to stop for some reason, you may be asking, “What is the safest way to get started?”
Empowering Aging Canadians
Active Aging Canada partnered with Media Planet Canada on their Empowering Aging Canadians campaign. You can read Active Aging Canada's contribution 'Support Your Immune System with Active Aging'
Maximize your health during and after menopause
Learn about how active living and healthy eating can counter health risks that increase at menopause.
This November take action to prevent falls.
November is Falls Prevention Month in Canada. Exercise is one of the keys to preventing falls.
Physical activity for Older Adults Booklet
Now available in 12 additional languages!
Active Agers in Canada 6 - Kamal from Vancouver Island - YouTube Video
Kamal's husband is her morning activity buddy. Kamal says morning activity gives them a physical and mental boost for the day. They are inspired by beautiful Vancouver Island and to really give their hearts a workout, Kamal says they like to to walk up and down hills.
Physical Activity and Prostate Cancer
September is the month to raise awareness in support of men living with prostate cancer in Canada. This article highlights the importance of staying or getting active after a prostate cancer diagnosis.
New for Practitioners
Three evidence-based companion resources to support practitioners in promoting physical activity to older adults.
2022 Annual Report
A Story of Numbers
File has to be read in Adobe Acrobat for the interactive features to work.
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.
Your Personal Passport to Healthy Living resources, updated and revised including a virtual facilitation training slide deck.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.