media release

Aging adults need more physical activity

March 25, 2014


Dawn Mackey (on leave and best reached by email),
Diane Mar-Nicolle, 778.782.9586;
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;


Working daily physical activity into the lives of older Canadians is critical to improving health benefits, yet most don’t meet national recommendations, says the director of Simon Fraser University’s Aging and Population Health Lab.

Dawn Mackey will explore ways to entice older adults to stay physically active at SFU’s next free, public Café Scientifique on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the CBC studios at 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver. CBC’s Stephen Quinn will moderate the discussion.

Mackey, who has directed the SFU lab since 2011, is among researchers investigating the prevention, causes and management of age-related mobility impairment and disability, including falls and osteoporotic fractures as well as chronic processes, such as fatigue and impairments to movement.

“Ultimately our research seeks to identify and disseminate effective strategies for successful population aging, through the maintenance of mobility and functional autonomy,” says Mackey.

The café is the fifth in a series that began last fall at SFU’s Surrey campus. It’s the second of three to be held at the CBC Vancouver location. The final session on April 16 looks at the increasing burden of chronic diseases with Scott Lear, BPK and health sciences professor.

SFU’s Faculty of Science and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research support the cafés. For more details and to register:

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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