Fitness leadership for older adults is a field with a future: people are living longer, the boomer generation is moving into its senior years, and there is more awareness of the link between physical activity, wellness & healthy aging.
Be in the forefront of this industry by completing your studies at GPRC in this new Active Aging Fitness Practitioner Certificate.
This report presents the results of a comprehensive consultation on community supports and barriers to physical activity, healthy eating, injury prevention, tobacco cessation and social connectedness for seniors in British Columbia.
Established in 2000, Capital Health's Active Anytime Anywhere program is designed to enhance active living programs for older adults with low incomes in their communities. One of the programs goals is to support and encourage the older adults' desire to embrace an active lifestyle.
The program also aims to improve communication among organizations and leaders with an interest in active living and older adults, and to increase knowledge and confidence of existing leaders to deliver programs.
The programs webpage provides program, resource and registration information for older adults and fitness/active living leaders.
The Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA) is a Canada-wide partnership of organizations and individuals interested in the field of healthy aging. ALCOA encourages older Canadians to maintain their well-being and independence through daily physical activity. ALCOA collaborates with its organizational membership on many older adult active living resources and projects. Examples include Canada's Physical Activity Guide for Older Adults, ALCOA's Research Update, the Speakers' Bureau, Diabetes Project, and A Blueprint for Action.
pdf file, 66 pages Published: Apr 2009 GeoOrigin: Ontario
This "how-to" manual provides a framework for allied health care professionals to initiate an exercise program for older adults undergoing cancer treatment. The manual is available online; a limited number of hard copies are also available through the Active Living Coalition for Older Adults.
This resource is based on the University of Waterloo's WELL-FIT exercise program, whose goals are "to minimize the negative side effects that individuals experience with cancer treatments, as well as improve quality of life for cancer patients."
pdf file, 2 pages Published: 2004 GeoOrigin: Alberta
"The family that plays together stays together." On page 2 of this WellSpring issue, the article discusses the importance of intergenerational relationships in physical activity, sports, and recreation. The author also suggests that we need to rethink how we currently isolate people by generation in the various forms of activity, sport, and recreation in our communities.
69 pages Published: 2007 GeoOrigin: British Columbia
This report is the result of consultations across BC to see what barriers or gaps exist in community supports to seniors, identify services that help them stay active and strategies that include tools and promising practices.
A link to this resource is unavailable. A hard copy is available in the Centre library: Population Group--Older Adults, ID #1266
What is the future of the Canada's Physical Activity Guides to Healthy Active Living? Here you will find reviews and evidence-based information that will shape the future of Canada's guides for physical activity.
Specific reviews address different populations, ages and abilities. Others examine the impact, limitations and strategies for the future.
PDF file, 11 pages Published: 1999 GeoOrigin: Alberta
The purpose of this study was to determine the current status of physical activity programs in Alberta continuing care facilities. This study gives a much needed picture of the range and availability of physical activity programs in Alberta continuing care facilities as well as some recommendations for future directions.
A hard copy is also available in the Centre library: Centre Publications, ID #1300
pdf file, 2 pages Published: 2002 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Falls are a serious business for older adults, as a bad fall can be fatal. The fear of falling is therefore real. However, physically active people are less afraid of falling. By improving balance, mobility, and muscle strength, physical activity reduces the risk of falls. This WellSpring article shows that people can learn how to fall and that older adults benefit significantly from fall prevention intervention programs. The article also provides suggestions on how to prevent falls.
The declaration is on a commemorative mini-poster that serves as daily reminder of Canada's older adult active living guiding principles. The Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA) produced this declaration to acknowledge the International Year of Older Persons (1999) and to recognize the contribution of older adults to Canada and the importance of active living for human development. You can order the declaration poster free of charge at 1-800-549-9799.
The Center for Healthy Aging helps community-based organizations serving older adults to develop and implement evidence-based programs related to health promotion, disease prevention, and chronic disease self-management.
The Center also helps older adult service providers to implement healthy aging programs. Resources provided include
PDF file, 2 pages Published: Dec 2011 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This Research Update article discusses the findings of a research study that examined the accessibility and availability of food items in the diet plans of low-income, elderly people with type 2 diabetes, living in the City of Edmonton. The findings serve to outline some of the challenges faced by the elderly in following a diabetes diet, particularly those with low income who may experience food insecurity.
Ory, M., Hoffman, M. K., Hawkins, M., Sanner, B., & Mockenhaupt R. (2003). Challenging aging stereotypes: Strategies for creating a more active society. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 25(Suppl 2), 164-171.
pdf file, 2 pages Published: 2002 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Throughout history, senior members of Aboriginal communities have transmitted ancestral wisdom and played active roles in the everyday life of the community. However, more modern sedentary lifestyles have led to an increase in infirmities and a decline in the health of older Aboriginal adults. This WellSpring article discusses these changes in more detail and shows that they are not unique to the Aboriginal population.
King, A.C., Pruitt, L.A., Phillips, W., Oka, R., Rodenburg, A., & Haskell, W.L. (2000). Comparative effects of two physical activity programs on measured and perceived physical functioning and other health-related quality of life outcomes in older adults. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Sciences and Medical Sciences, 55, M74-M83.
PDF file, 2 pages Published: Feb 2013 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This Research Update article reports on research about the perceptions and experiences of older adults living in rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, in relation to their physical activity participation. The research informs several strategies to promote physical activity among rural older adults.
Stewart, A.L., Gillis, D., Grossman, M., Castrillo, M., Pruitt, L., McLellan, B., et al. (2006, April). Diffusing a research-based physical activity promotion program for seniors into diverse communities: CHAMPS III. Preventing Chronic Disease, 3, A51.
10 pages Published: Oct 2008 GeoOrigin: International
Sherrington, C, Whitney, J.C., Lord, S.R., Herbert, R.D., Cumming, R.G. & Close, J.C. (2008). Effective Exercise for the Prevention of Falls: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 56, 2234-2243. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2008.02014
This manual addresses the significant gap in the training required by Activity Coordinators working with older adults in lodge settings as well as outline the basic components of physical activity programming.
A link to this resource is unavailable. A hard copy is available in the Centre library: Centre Publications, ID #1301
Looking for other ideas to include in your active living lifestyle? Are you an older adult interested in starting an exercise program? The American National Institute on Aging has developed a user-friendly web site that includes guidelines and support resources to help older adults initiate an exercise program. Web site topics include
the benefits of exercise;
ways to chart your progress;
Print and video resources are also available from this site.
Fiatarone, M. A., O'Neill, E. F., Ryan, N. D., Clements, K. M., Solares, G. R., Nelson, M. E., et al. (1994). Exercise training and nutritional supplementation for physical frailty in very elderly people. New England Journal of Medicine, 330, 1769-1775.
A research-based exercise program (for adults 50+) from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (which includes the National Institute on Aging). A manual is also available for use with the video. Revised ed. (48 min)
This resource is available in the Centre library: Population Groups--Older Adults (Physical Activity), ID #722
In this WellSpring article, Anna Mouat (Associate Professor, Program of Dance, University of Calgary) discusses a 2005 study from McGill University that found that older adults benefited physically and mentally from learning to dance the Argentine tango.
236 pages Published: 2006 GeoOrigin: International
Whether you are completely new to exercise or are looking to fine-tune your existing program, this information-rich book will show you how to get started, stay on track, and have fun as you meet your fitness goals.
This resource is also available in the Centre library: Population Groups--Older Adults (Physical Activity), ID #1124
Growing Stronger is based on exercises that strengthen muscles, maintain the integrity of bones, and improve balance, coordination, and mobility. This online program from Tufts University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is for seniors who want a step-by-step strength training program. The program includes
These briefings address a variety of topics, including physical activity. They combine a teleconference with an interactive Web presentation. During each briefing, national experts help you develop senior health promotion and community education programs. You can call in toll free to hear the audio portion, and connect online to view and download documents.
PDF file, 29 pages Published: 2006 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This report reviews the benefits and cost-effectiveness of formal and informal activity programs aimed at older adults, especially programs for adults trying to be more active where they live. The report helps build the case for helping older adults stay active at home and for the effectiveness of programs such as the Home Support Exercise Program (HSEP).
html file, 1 page Published: Jun 2004 GeoOrigin: Alberta
The Alberta Centre for Active Living developed Ever Active Adults in collaboration with the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA) and other partners. (Ever Active Adults is now offered by the AFLCA.) Ever Active Adults is an evidence-based course and curriculum that provides physical activity training for practitioners working in Alberta seniors' housing. This Research Update article summarizes the effectiveness of the course.
The HSEP is an evidence-based exercise program for home bound older adults that contributes to independent living and fall prevention. Facilitator training in Alberta is supported by the Alberta Centre for Active Living.
PDF file, 13 pages Published: 2006 GeoOrigin: Alberta
In 2004, the Chinook Health Region began piloting the Home Support Exercise Program (HSEP) in Alberta. This pilot looked at the effectiveness of the program and its implementation in a few rural communities.
pdf file, 1 page Published: Sep 2007 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This Research Update article details the results of a study tracking activity rates among older adults in southern Alberta. The study found that older adults are not getting enough continuous activity (i.e., activity in bouts of at least 10 minutes).
Identifies the short-term and long-term health benefits of regular physical activity. Includes both physical and psychological benefits. Production of this material has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Lists the health benefits of regular physical activity for older people. Suggests ways to overcome barriers in order to lead a more active lifestyle. This FAQ is written in plain language. Production of this material has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
This resource kit provides strategies and resources service providers can use to create environments in which older adults can lead healthier lifestyles. The kit is not a comprehensive guide, but is a supplemental resource that focuses on physical activity, nutrition, falls prevention, and weight management.
This is a special supplement that has been developed to serve as a guide for multiple organizations, associations and agencies to inform and support their planning work related to increasing physical activity among America's aging population.
Volume 9 Supplement May 2001 Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
A link to this resource is unavailable. A hard copy is available in the Centre library: Population Group--Older Adults [file cabinet], ID #1265
Miller, G.D., Nicklas, B.J.,& Loeser, R.F. (2008). Inflammatory biomarkers and physical function in older, obese adults with knee pain and self-reported osteoarthritis after intensive weight-loss therapy. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,56, 644-651. doi:10.1111/j.1532-5415.2007.01636.x
Gerdhem, P., Ringsberg, K.A., kesson, K., & Obrant, K.J., (2003). Influence of muscle strength, physical activity and weight on bone mass in a population-based sample of 1004 elderly women. Osteoporosis International, 14, 768-772.
Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada have many online resources related to people with disabilities, including accessibility, healthy living, and seniors. The resources help to answer common questions and aim to improve the health of Canadians with disabilities.
The "Guide to Governmentof Canada Services for People with Disabilities" is one of the resources included on the site.
The site also gives the user the option of chosing a larger text size for easier usability.
Korpelainen, R., Korpelainen, J., Heikkinen, J., Vnnen, K., & Keinnen-Kiukaanniemi, S. (2003). Lifestyle factors are associated with osteoporosis in lean women but not in normal and overweight women: A population-based cohort study of 1222 women. Osteoporosis International, 14, 34-43
Damush, T.M., Perkins, S.M., Mikesky, A.E., Roberts, M. & O'Dea, J. (2005). Motivational factors influencing older adults diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis to join and maintain an exercise program. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 13, 45-59.
The World Health Organization (WHO) urges member states to celebrate "Move for Health" day each year to promote physical activity as essential for health and well-being. Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for chronic, noncommunicable diseases which cause 60% of global death and 47% of the burden of disease. This web site provides information sheets dealing with physical activity that relate to benefits, policy, youth, women, and older people. Links to other related WHO strategies are provided.
Want to learn more about a particular disability, condition or disease? Here you will find easy-to-read, quick information on many different conditions and diseases that affect many Canadians. Great for yourself or for your clients or patients to read.
pdf file, 50 pages Published: Oct 2008 GeoOrigin: International
This document from the United Kingdom is targeted toward primary care and other professionals who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, promoting older people's mental wellbeing. It presents recommendations for promoting the mental wellbeing of older people through occupational therapy and physical activity interventions."
PACE Canada is a tool kit and counselling guide to help physicians increase their patients' physical activity levels and improve their eating habits. The guide has been adapted from the internationally recognized PACE program and has been extended to include older adults, who are at significantly higher risk of sedentary living. PACE Canada, developed by the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute in collaboration with the American Project PACE team and the Active Living Coalition for Older Adults, is endorsed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
html file, 1 page Published: May 2012 GeoOrigin: International
This special collection summary brings together a selection of Cochrane Reviews assessing the benefits of physical activity and exercise on the health and well-being of older people, such as impacts on physical function, muscle strength, balance and bone health, and cognitive function and sleep. The physical activity and exercise programs included in these reviews range from leisure activities and simple home exercise programs to intensive and supervised clinically based programs.
Taylor, A.H., Cable, N.T., Faulkner, G., Hillsdon, M., Narici, M., & Van Der Bij, A.K. (2004). Physical activity and older adults: A review of health benefits and the effectiveness of interventions. Journal of Sports Sciences, 22, 703-725.
405 pages Published: 2005 GeoOrigin: International
This is the first book to detail the fundamental knowledge and skills associated with the training modules outlined in the International Curriculum Guidelines for Preparing Physical Activity Instructors of Older Adults.
This resource is also available in the Centre library: Population Groups--Older Adults, ID #987
pdf file, 4 pages Published: Apr 2006 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Traditional health-promotion messages may not work for adults in rural areas. This WellSpring issue looks at research showing that older adults in rural areas may respond better to messages that focus on activities "with productive, tangible outcomes (e.g., walking to pick berries, rather than walking for the sake of health)."
PDF file, 4 pages Published: Feb 2009 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Over the next three decades, the proportion of older adults age 65+ in Canada is projected to nearly double. Given the key role of physical activity in the health of older adults, it's important that long-term care and other older adult housing facilities offer adequate physical activity opportunities to their residents.
PDF file, 4 pages Published: Apr 2013 GeoOrigin: Alberta
For older adults who are planning trips and adventures, its important to prepare well for travel-related physical activities and demands. This WellSpring article offers recommendations on how practitioners can help older adults physically prepare for travel adventures, to get the most out of the experiences.
This press release describes eight trends related to active aging among aging baby boomers, including: active living, lifelong learning, the use of technology and healthcare coverage for physical activity.
html file, 2 pages Published: Mar 2002 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This Research Update article summarizes a study to reduce barriers (identified by family physicians) to promoting physical activity. The study aimed to determine if an office-based intervention would increase the self-reported physical activity, health-related quality of life, and physical fitness levels of sedentary 40 to 70-year-old adults.
pdf file, 42 pages Published: 2009 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This guide is for people who are helping older adults to be active. It offers practical information on falls and physical activity as well as exercises and fun ideas to work on balance and strength. Use this resource in your work with older adults in your community to help them stay independent and lower their risk of falling.
This publication is a CDC compendium of effective community-based interventions from around the world. It was developed to help public health practitioners, senior service providers, and others who wish to implement fall prevention programs. It includes specific science-based interventions in three categories: exercise-based, home modification, and multifaceted interventions.
A hard copy is also available in the Centre library: Population Groups--Older Adults (Physical Activity), Report ID #1313.
This resource provides messages and activities that fit people's active living stages of change. By tailoring your messages to a person's stage, you can be more effective in helping that person move from one stage to the next. The tool describes each stage of behaviour change and lists key messages and suggestions for what you can do to support people to become more active at each stage.
This report was designed to set the stage for monitoring the situation of seniors over the next several decades. The National Advisory Council on Aging intends to publish one of these reports every 5 years.
A link to this resource is unavailable. A hard copy is available in the Centre library: Population Group--Older Adults (General) [file cabinet], ID #1258
Provides a brief review "of the health literature that discusses barriers, describes physical activity program interventions that have incorporated self-efficacy theory to address these barriers,and provides practical suggestions for theory-based programming."
Readers can also access an easy-to-read version at http://www.cflri.ca/eng/lifestyle/documents/LifeStyle-Tips_New_EN.pdf
"The Research File is an ongoing series of one-page research summaries featuring synthesized and interpreted scientific information about active lifestyles. Written specifically for professionals, the Research File summarizes research findings in the area of physical activity. "
The Rural Route to Active Aging website is a key source of information about physical activity for adults (55-75) in rural communities. It offers resources for practitioners, decision-makers, community leaders, and older adults to promote and build capacity for physical activity.
The website includes:
Facts you can use to build a business case for a physical activity initiative in your community.
Ideas for reaching older adults in your community and creating a positive environment for lifelong physical activity.
pdf file, 4 pages Published: 2000 GeoOrigin: National
This link takes you to NICHRO's resource catalogue. where you will find the Spirit in Motion: Active Living and Aboriginal Older Adults resource.
The resource includes:
A manual for community health representatives who work with older Aboriginal adults.
A 30-minute video that demonstrates 15 safe exercises with some great Aboriginal music.
A 30-minute music cassette (the soundtrack from the exercise video).
A 24-page exercise booklet demonstrating the 15 safe exercises.
A stretching poster.
A separate pdf http://www.niichro.com/2004/pdf/niichro-order-form---2008.pdf gives you information about how to order Spirit in Motion. You can also find this resource in the Alberta Centre for Active Living's library.
PDF file, 4 pages Published: Apr 2009 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Many health care providers and organizations are now offering chronic condition exercise programs (CCEPs). And for good reason. Exercise helps people with chronic health conditions to manage these conditions and improve their quality of life.
This WellSpring identifies promising strategies for how to keep people exercising after they finish a CCEP.
The following topics are covered:
Chronic condition exercise programs (CCEPs): An overview
The problem: Exercise drops off after the CCEP ends
The search for practices to improve exercise maintenance
PDF file, 1 page Published: Feb 2009 GeoOrigin: Alberta
To help prevent seniors from falling, Strathcona County Emergency Medical Services, Pioneer Housing Foundation and Alberta Health Services - Edmonton Area collaborated to deliver a six-month falls prevention pilot project in 2008.
This supplementary article for the February 2009 WellSpring discusses the project.
This resource provides plain language information about physical activity for older adults, and links them to additional resources.
Features of this website include:
1) the ability to enlarge the text and change the contrast of text and background to make the page easier to see
2) an option to hear the content of the webpage read aloud.
Alberta Caregiver CollegeŽ is a virtual college dedicated to providing courses to enhance the knowledge and skills of caregivers to provide for their family member. The educational programs were developed by the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Capital Health, with contributions from other partnering organizations in Alberta. The individuals who developed the programs are educators and professionals in rehabilitation and geriatrics and include dietitians, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, psychologists, social workers, and speech language pathologists.
The Alberta Caregiver CollegeŽ Support for Caregivers of Older Adults provides resources for the primary caregivers of older adults, often who are frail or with chronic health issues.
Li, F., Harmer, P., Mack, K.A., Sleet, D., Fisher, K. J., Kohn, M.A., Millet, L.M., Xu, J., Yang, T., Sutton, B., & Tompkins, Y. (2008). Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance Development of a community based falls prevention program. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 5, 445-455.
This report provides background information on the demographics of the older adult population, trends and issues in the provision of recreational programs, facilities and services for older adults and a brief overview of the recreation and leisure programs and facilities for older adults in Edmonton and selected other communities.
A link to this resource is unavailable. A hard copy is available in the Centre library: Population Groups--Older Adults (General), ID#551
This resource from the OT Works Resource website of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists contains information on devices for older adults to enable them to remain active and safe. The site includes links to printable pamphlets and a toolkit on assistive devices for falls prevention.
Li, F., Harmer, P., Glasgow, R., Mack, K.A., Sleet, D., Fisher, K. J., et al. (2008). Translation of an effective Tai Chi intervention into a community-based falls prevention program. American Journal of Public Health, 98(7), 1195-1198.
This resource, part of the Viactive program developed by Kino-Quebec and the Federation de l'age d'or du Quebec, consists of nine laminated placards that leaders can use to teach aquafitness classes for seniors.
NOTE: THE BOOKLET IS ENTIRELY IN FRENCH.
This resource is no longer online. You can find a hard copy in the Centre library: Population Groups--Older Adults (Physical Activity), ID #770
html file, 1 page Published: Aug 2010 GeoOrigin: International
In this project, investigators at the National Council on Aging, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Washington at Seattle, sought to identify and disseminate best-practice physical activity programs, study their impact on older adults and provide a directory of such programs.