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March 2021

Supporting Access to Active Aging Resources

We have just received notification from the New Horizons for Seniors Program that our proposal was successful. This is another wonderful opportunity which showcases the work of one of our members, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, (CSEP) with their program they developed with Exercise is Medicine Canada.

This funding will allow us to disseminate the CSEP documents which will inform older Canadians on safe and successful engagement in physical activity. There is a large proportion who don’t know how to start being physically active or how to do it safely.  While this project will disseminate and promote the resource online, a focus will be to additionally target and distribute print copies to those older adults who are at home and not sure how to start being active and prefer that modality of delivery.

We will keep you posted on our progress.

Member Highlight

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging

The Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) at Western University, its longest running research centre, moved to Elborn College on Western’s main campus in July 2020. Activities at the renovated site continue to focus on the centre’s mandate of research and its two other pillars of leadership training in functional fitness and of group exercise classes. Activities have been and will continue to be in the near and distant future carried out via remote and virtual methods due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, the CCAA invited community organizations with missions that include healthy aging to become Community Partners. The CCAA is proud to have renewed its partnership with Active Aging Canada.

Dr. Charles Rice of Western will present at the first annual CCAA Research Seminar Series on 24th March, 2021 on the topic of Structural and Functional Changes in Human Skeletal Muscles with Adult Aging.

Member Representative

J. B. Orange

J.B. Orange is a Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western University at London Canada. He also is the Scientific Director of the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging at Western, and an Associate Scientist with Lawson Health Research Institute at London Canada. He co-leads the International Consortium for Communication, Aging and Neurodegeneration Lab at Western University.

Several of Dr. Orange’s current research studies are funded by the Ontario Neurodegenerative Research Initiative via the Ontario Brain Institute, the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation. Dr. Orange’s peer-reviewed publications, funded research and teaching address language and cognitive-communication disorders of adults and older adults with special emphasis on discourse, conversation and communication of individuals with various forms of dementia, and the effectiveness of communication enhancement education and training program for family caregivers of persons living with dementia.

Going to the Cloud - Membership Renewals Coming Soon

We are currently in the process of moving our database ‘into the cloud’. It is a steep learning curve, and we are not there yet. But we hope to be able to have the data base accessible by both staff (Executive Director and Administration Assistant) who work virtually from their home offices.

Your membership expires at the end of March 2021, and hopefully we will be able to process your renewals via our new software in April. Nothing will be different for you, just for us, and hopefully streamline updating our systems.

Patricia Clark

Patricia Clark
National Executive Director

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