Older adults are less active than younger age groups in Canada—and the resulting costs to their health and the health-care system are significant. Given the fact that our population is aging, we need to find ways to reduce mobility loss and help people continue to live independently in later life.
As Canada Research Chair in Community Mobility, Dr. Maureen Ashe is addressing the trend toward sedentary behaviours and diminished community participation among Canada’s oldest citizens. She and her research team are working with older adults, family caregivers and health-care providers to deliver and evaluate physical activity interventions that target mobility impairments. Ultimately, Ashe and her team aim to translate their findings into guidelines and messaging to reduce injury and increase quality of life for older Canadians.