There are many provincial, national, and international organizations that share an interest in healthy aging and the programs, services, policies, and research that support and advance independent living and wellness of older adults. Please visit their websites to learn about their programs and resources, and how to connect with them.

Active Aging Research Team

Active Aging Research Team at UBC brings together scholars, community stakeholders and government to address needs, issues and opportunities of an aging society. Together they seek to positively impact the lives of older adults by focusing on key drivers of health, including social connectedness, mobility, and physical activity. Through co-leadership with communities and through cross sector collaboration AARt is leading a number of initiatives that benefit older citizens, such as the Re-imagine Aging research cluster at UBC; Active Aging BC and its signature program, Choose to Move; and an Implementation Science Hub focused on older adult health promotion, the Active Aging Research Team moves best evidence into action and practice.

Alzheimer's Society of Canada

The Alzheimer Society of Canada is the leading nationwide health charity supporting people living with all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, as well as their caregivers and their families. Active in communities across Canada, the Society offers programs and support services, fundraises to advance research, advocates for policy change and increases public awareness.

AGE-WELL

AGE-WELL NCE is Canada’s technology and aging network that is dedicated to the creation of technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. Their aim is to help older Canadians maintain their independence, health and quality of life through technologies and services that increase their safety and security, support their independent living, and enhance their social participation.

Aging 2.0

Founded in 2012, Aging2.0 strives to accelerate innovation to address the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging. Aging2.0’s international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational community has grown to 40k+ innovators across 20+ countries. The volunteer-run chapter network, which spans 80+ cities, has hosted more than 550 events around the world. Aging2.0 is run by a “small-but-mighty” team out of San Francisco, California and Chapter Ambassadors in more than 80 cities around the globe. For more information, please email info@aging2.com.

brainXchange

The brainXchange is a network of people dedicated to improving quality of life and supports for persons with or at risk of having brain-health needs related to dementia, mental health and neurological conditions related to aging or have experienced brain health changes earlier in life that are now more complex with aging. brainXchange™ focuses on the national and provincial sharing of resources and knowledge through in-person and virtual exchange to support relationships among industry, researchers, clinicians, policy makers, people with lived experience, and care partners.

CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons)

CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons) is Canada’s largest advocacy association for older Canadians. Today CARP has more than 320,000 members. As a non-partisan association, CARP is committed to working with all parties in government to advocate for older Canadians. Its mission is to advocate for better healthcare, financial security, and freedom from ageism. CARP members engage in polls and petitions, email their elected representatives, connect with local chapters and share stories and opinions on urgent issues.

Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG)

The Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) is a national, multidisciplinary scientific and educational association established to provide leadership in matters related to the aging population through the creation and dissemination of knowledge in gerontological policy, practice, research and education.

Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health (CCSMH)

The Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) works to ensure that seniors’ mental health is recognized as a key Canadian health and wellness issue. CCSMH facilitates initiatives related to enhancing and promoting seniors’ mental health resources.

Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL)

The Canadian Centre for Elder Law is dedicated to improving the lives of older adults in their relationship to the law. In July 2003, the B.C. Law Institute formally established the Canadian Centre for Elder Law. The mandate of the CCEL includes research, law reform, and education relating to legal issues of interest to older adults. Today, the CCEL is recognized for its expertise in Elder Law issues both in Canada and internationally.The objectives of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law are: to enrich and inform the lives of older adults with the law; to meet the increasing need for legal education and research in relation to legal issues having particular significance for older adults; and, to serve as a national focal point for this emergent field. To current knowledge, it appears to be the only such Centre in the world and is currently serving as a model of interest for several other countries.

Canadian Frailty Network

The Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) is Canada’s sole network devoted to improving care for older Canadians living with frailty and supporting their families and caregivers. CFN does this by increasing recognition and assessment of frailty, increasing evidence for decision making, advancing evidence-based changes to care, educating the next generation of care providers, and by engaging with older adults and caregivers.

CIHR Institute of Aging

The Institute of Aging (IA) was established by the CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) to support research, to promote healthy aging and to address causes, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation for a wide range of conditions associated with aging. Its goal is to improve the quality of life and health of older Canadians by understanding and addressing or preventing the consequences of a wide range of factors associated with aging.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a presence in more than 330 communities across every province and one territory, CMHA provides advocacy, programs and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive. 

Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA)

The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) runs the sole Pan-Canadian knowledge hub focused on elder abuse. CNPEA connects people and organizations, fosters the exchange of reliable information, and advances program and policy development on issues related to preventing the abuse of older adults. They do this work at the local, regional, provincial/territorial, and national levels. CNPEA aims to increase their collective capacity to respond to, and prevent the abuse of older people. They envision a Canadian society where older adults are valued, respected, and live free from abuse.

Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross helps people and communities in Canada and around the world in times of need and support them in strengthening their resilience. As one of Canada’s leading humanitarian charities, the Canadian Red Cross improves the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

CanAge

CanAge is an independent nonprofit advocacy organization that educates, empowers and mobilizes people on the issues that matter most to older   Canadians. CanAge works collaboratively with corporate, nonprofit organizations, the media and governments to amplify seniors’ issues, influence policy, and effect change.  Our work includes: Advocacy; Education & Knowledge Mobilization; Partnership & Coalition Building; Policy & Program Development; Elder Friendly Audits & Toolkit.

Community Links

Community Links is a province-wide organization in Nova Scotia that supports the establishment of age-friendly, inclusive communities by linking with others to promote needed changes. Community Links uses a community development model and supports the work of coalition members who are interested in making communities more age-friendly and in promoting healthy aging, with an emphasis on physical activity and other factors that help prevent falls.

Heart & Stroke

Heart & Stroke leads the fight against heart disease, stroke and related conditions. They are a leading funder of life-saving research, which has led to breakthroughs such as heart transplant surgery and a revolutionary stroke treatment that cuts deaths by 50%. They empower Canadians to live healthier lives – from preventing and controlling high blood pressure to getting more physical activity. Heart & Stroke’s work is driven by collaboration – with their volunteers and donors, researchers, people who have lived experience, healthcare professionals, governments and others.

HelpAge

HelpAge Canada works in partnership with others to improve and maintain the quality of life of vulnerable older persons and their communities in Canada and around the world. HelpAge is a founding member of a global network of Organizations under the umbrella of HelpAge International that promotes the right of all older people to lead dignified, healthy and secure lives.

 GI (Gastrointestinal) Society

GI (Gastrointestinal) Society – the Canadian leader in providing trusted, evidence-based information on all areas of the gastrointestinal tract, the GI (Gastrointestinal) Society is committed to improving the lives of people with GI and liver conditions, supporting research, advocating for appropriate patient access to health care, and promoting gastrointestinal and liver health. The GI Society and its partner, the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research, are registered charities that collaborate to provide a number of core programs and services that focus on providing Canadians with trusted medically sound information on digestive health. They offer information on a variety of GI topics, including the Aging Digestive Tract, Diverticular Disease, GERD, Constipation, Hemorrhoids, and many others. You can find out more about these conditions by visiting their website (www.badgut.org), ordering pamphlets, attending lectures, or subscribing to their quarterly newsletter.

Gluu Technology Society

Gluu Technology Society is a Canadian nonprofit that helps seniors get the digital skills they need to participate in our modern world. Gluu provides digital skills education and technology support for Canadian seniors.

HelpAge

HelpAge Canada works in partnership with others to improve and maintain the quality of life of vulnerable older persons and their communities in Canada and around the world. HelpAge is a founding member of a global network of Organizations under the umbrella of HelpAge International that promotes the right of all older people to lead dignified, healthy and secure lives.

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal

The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal is a trusted website that gives you access to evidence-based information on optimal aging (i.e., staying healthy, active, and engaged for as long as possible). This online resource is free to use and was developed for older adults, caregivers, policymakers, and health and social professionals. The content on the Portal takes the best available evidence on over 75 health and social topics and breaks it down into easy-to-understand language that is accessible to everyone. New content—such as research summaries, blogs, ratings of online resources for evidence use, and email alerts—is added to and disseminated by the Portal each week. This content helps to make sense of what the research says about exercise, nutrition, common health conditions, mental health, caregiving, healthcare, and much more.

Men's Sheds

Men’s Sheds are modern, shared versions of the home workshops that have long been part of the Canadian way of life. The Canadian Men’s Sheds Association is a peer-run group that aims to build relationships between Canadian sheds, help new ones get started, and raise awareness about the friendly, inclusive, and creative spaces that sheds can offer. The Canadian Men’s Sheds Association was developed to help support the growth of Men’s Sheds across Canada. This website offers information about the Men’s Sheds movement and about existing (registered) Sheds in Canada.

The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com

The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com gives you the latest mesothelioma information, support and free access to top specialists for better care and peace  of mind. They provide information and services to Canadians affected by mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer caused from asbestos exposure. Due to the long latency period of mesothelioma, approximately 20-50 years, about 80% of those who are diagnosed with this terrible disease are seniors.

Osteoporosis Canada

Osteoporosis Canada is the only national organization serving people who have, or are at risk for, osteoporosis. The organization works to educate, empower and support individuals and communities in the risk-reduction and treatment of osteoporosis by providing evidence-based information to patients, health care professionals, and the public, including free publications, a bilingual toll-free information line, educational programs, and referrals to support groups and community resources. Osteoporosis Canada teaches Canadians how to improve their bone health so osteoporosis can never take hold, and supports those already diagnosed and works to improve their quality of life. They also pursue research and treatment breakthroughs that keep more people healthy. Together, we will make Canadians unbreakable.

ParticipACTION

ParticipACTION has been encouraging Canadians to get healthy by getting active since 1972.  Through programs, research, and resources, ParticipACTION works with partners, which include sport, physical activity, recreation, organizations, government and corporate sponsors, to make physical activity a vital part of everyday life.

SAGE Seniors Association

Sage Seniors Association is a multi-service seniors-serving organization providing over 100 programs and services to seniors in the Greater Edmonton area and beyond. Their team of staff, students, and volunteers connects people to information, organizations, and resources; inspire and engage seniors in the community, and help address the issues affecting them.

The STAR Institute (Science and Technology for Aging Research)

The STAR Institute (Science and Technology for Aging Research), affiliated with Simon Fraser University and located in British Columbia supports the development and implementation of technologies to address many of the health challenges encountered in old age, as well as address the social, commercial and policy aspects of using and accessing technologies.