Mobility and Optimal Aging

Optimize your mobility and increase your quality of life with our interactive lessons.

Arthritis of the knee

Osteoarthritis and Exercise

Discover how to best manage osteoarthritis of the hip and knee to reduce your symptoms and improve your mobility.  

Learn more about a self-management plan that includes therapeutic exercises, physical activity and weight management.

(15 minutes)

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Brain health

Promoting Brain Health

Enhance or extend your physical mobility and social activity in the future by actively promoting brain health and reducing your risk of developing dementia.

Learn more about how lifestyle choices, blood vessel health and other health conditions and drug side effects can impact your cognition.

(30 minutes)

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Walking Speed - Is It a New Vital Sign?

Like your heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and rate of breathing, walking speed may be an important new vital sign.

Learn more about what walking speed is, how it changes as we age, how to measure it, and what steps you can take to increase it to improve your mobility and overall health.

(15 minutes)

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social isolation

Social Isolation: Are You at Risk?

The risk factors for social isolation are many and varied. It can have a significant impact on a person's health and well-being.

Learn more about the risk factors and how optimizing your mobility, expanding your social network, and proactively addressing specific health concerns can reduce your risk.

(20 minutes)

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Car with question mark

Changing Gears: Making a Plan to Retire from Driving

Retiring from driving, also known as driving cessation, either voluntarily or otherwise, can profoundly impact a person's life.

Learn more about the warning signs that may indicate unsafe driving habits; age-related health conditions and other factors that can affect your ability to drive safely; and the importance of planning for a time when you can no longer drive.

(15 minutes)

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What is Mobility?

Mobility can be defined as our ability to move freely and easily. As we age, our mobility impacts our lives in many ways, including our interactions with others, our financial independence, as well as our physical and mental health.

Many factors can affect mobility, such as the spaces where we live and work, our cultural backgrounds, the communities in which we live, and the services and supports available to us.

Explore our Content

Learn more about what the research evidence says about topics such as preventing falls, adopting new technologies and the benefits of activities such as walking and yoga by browsing all our Blog Posts, Evidence Summaries and Web Resource Ratings on topics related to mobility.


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DISCLAIMER: Many of our Blog Posts and e-learning lessons were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content identifies activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations, such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested in our Blog Posts and e-learning lessons may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with the current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website.

About this Project

This program was developed by the Division of e-Learning Innovation (DeLI) at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University in collaboration with the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA). Funding has been provided by the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.

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