Upcoming Meeting

The next meeting for the Aging Community of Practice will take place May 28 @12:00-1:00 pm.

No registration is required. Simply click on the link below to join:





What is a Community of Practice?

TRO’s purpose in developing an Aging Community of Practice (CoP) is to create a resource where Recreation Therapists who are working in a similar setting can gather to promote best practice, share ideas, and develop resources.

The Communities of Practice meet virtually once every quarter. Meetings are led by a TRO Member but meetings are open to everyone and anyone to attend.

Get in touch

Have a question related to TR in Aging?

Email the Aging Community of Practice lead, Lyndsay Charles:

Please note that Community of Practice email inboxes are monitored by volunteers. They will do their best to respond to your email within 10 business days. If your question is urgent, please contact


Long Term Care and Aging

Senior Fitness with Meredith


Active Aging Canada – This resource includes physical activity for older adults.

Ontario Long Term Care Association – The OLTCA represents 70% of Ontario’s long term care homes. They are small, medium and large,  private, not-for-profit, municipal, hospital, culturally specific, and First Nations homes in rural, urban, and Northern locations across the province.

Boredom Busters for Long-Term Care – This resource from Ontario CLRI at Bruyère provided suggestions in an effort to minimize boredom and loneliness for residents living in long-term care.

Older TV – This resource is a Youtube channel featuring older movies (e.g. 1940s movies, etc.)

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging – The CCAA promotes physical activity and well-being for older adults through a combination of basic and applied research, education, and community-based exercise programs.

Older Adults – Articles on topics surrounding leisure and therapeutic recreation for older adult populations in both residential and community settings. These manuscripts cover a variety of topics from active living to TR interventions and implications for successful ageing.

The Gerontologist – The Gerontologist publishes articles focusing on issues surrounding aging and eldercare from many disciplines on topics such as policy-making, and program and service development.

Journal of Aging Studies – The Journal of Aging Studies offers new theoretical and empirical studies that critique the current methods and practice focusing on the aging experience from a multitude of disciplines.  Articles published in this journal tend to focus on new directions for the social and behavioral aspects of aging.

Canadian Journal on Aging – The Canadian Journal on Aging is a refereed, quarterly publication of the Canadian Association on Gerontology. It publishes manuscripts on aging concerned with biology, educational gerontology, health sciences, psychology, social sciences, and social policy and practice.

Dementia Care

Behavioural Supports Ontario – Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) provides behavioural health care services for older adults in Ontario with, or at risk of,  responsive behaviours/personal expressions associated with dementia, complex mental health, substance use and/or other neurological conditions.

Virtual social recreation activities This resource from Alzheimer Society Perth County includes virtual social recreation activities.

Keeping Busy: Activities for Adults with Dementia This resource uses the Montessori approach and offers activities for older adults.

Dementia Isolation Toolkit – This resource provides an overview of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on long-term care and discuss the ethical challenges associated with isolating dementia patients.

AWE Struck! Aspirations – This is a resource for engaging persons with dementia.

DICE: Dementia Inclusive Choices for Exercise – This resource from University of Waterloo and Partnerships in Dementia Care is designed for people living with dementia and their care partners.

Colouring Books for Adults – This resource from DementiAbility includes 5 colouring books for older adults.

How to meaningfully connect with those who have dementia This resource is a TED talk from Anne Basting.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s – Research manuscripts and reviews about programming and best-practice methods for working with individuals living with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Established in 1999, Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO) is the only professional association that represents Therapeutic Recreation practitioners in the province.

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