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Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, University of Western OntarioResearch Funder/Centre

Type of institution

Research centre



The CCAA is unique in Canada as it promotes physical activity and the well-being of older adults through a combination of basic and applied research, educational resources and community-based programs.  Basic and Applied research activities are the foundation of the CCAA’s community-based physical activity classes for seniors and the leadership training courses for individuals who work with the aging population. Basic research is conducted by researchers and graduate students in the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Community Outreach team is responsible for applied research which takes place off campus at the Mount.  

Over 450 London seniors participate in CCAA exercise classes each week. The physical activity class model is based on research conducted at the CCAA and includes cardiovascular, strength, balance and flexibility training. More than 1000 people from across Canada are trained in CCAA leadership training courses each year. These courses are also evidence-based and introduce physical activity programs for seniors across the mobility spectrum.



To develop, encourage and promote an active, healthy lifestyle for Canadian adults that will enhance the dignity of the aging process. 


  • To become a high-quality national centre supporting physical activity for the aging population.

  • To become the national coordinating and accreditation institute for CCAA's community-based programs and services for the elderly.

  • To support, encourage and disseminate nationally research into an active lifestyle for older adults, and to act as a resource for Health Canada and other national organizations.

  • To establish international alliances and promote an open exchange of scientific knowledge, health and community programs to benefit active older adults.

  • To educate provincial governments, industry and social agencies on the benefits of an active aging population.

  • To be the national data centre for information on activity and aging.

Main research areas

Current basic research is focused on studying:

  • The ways in which older individuals differ from young people in their physiological responses to exercise;

  • The physiological limitations to exercise in older adults;

  • The physiological and biochemical causes of muscle fatigue;

  • Properties of muscle in the aged;

  • Cardiovascular function and muscle metabolism;

  • Adaptations with exercise training in older adults and physical activity guidelines.

Research disciplines

Medical/Clinical Sciences/Nursing,Social/Behavioral


Dr. Don Patterson PhD (Research Director)


1490 Richmond Street
N6G 2M3


(519) 661-1603


(519) 661-1612


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