Assistant Professor

phone: 2508078102


The objective of my healthy aging research is to improve the health of Canadians. I do this through community engagement whereby I demystify the aging process, demonstrating that aging can be a healthy and achievable success rather than an inevitable outcome of physical decline. I study and promote healthy aging both regionally and globally with an interdisciplinary approach that includes collaborations with Nursing, Management, Medicine, the Institutes of Healthy Living and Chronic and Community Engaged Research as well as the Interior Health Authority. Through my interdisciplinary research program I have successfully developed and validated clinical assessment tools that evaluate physical function in older adults. I am a recognized expert in the creation of innovative exercise strategies for older adults, currently used across Canada. I have made significant contributions in my field through scientific publications, presentations and awards, and I have become an internationally recognized leader in healthy aging.

  • Ph.D Kinesiology – University of Western Ontario  Sept. 1998 – June 2002
  • M.Sc. Sports Sciences and Coaching – Lakehead University  Sept. 1993 – May 1996
  • BPH Ed. Physical Education – Health Promotion – Laurentian University  Sept. 1988 – Nov. 1992

My research program has primarily centred on exercise and rehabilitation interventions for older adults. However, this has lead me to discriminate between the contribution of physical activity (any movement of skeletal muscle above the resting level) and exercise (planned or structured physical activity that engenders one of more of the components of fitness). My philosophy is that in today’s automated society we can no longer get enough physical activity to preserve health, let alone fitness. Thus, we must plan and/or structure physical activity and because of the narrowed time commitment we often must increase the intensity so that physical activity is essentially exercise. Therefore, if we want to improve health and fitness one must take daily exercise, which is as necessary as daily hygiene.

Primary tools in my lab include; Actigraph accelerometers (GTM1; ActiTrainer) and Global Positioning Systems, Aerobic and Resistance Exercise Training Equipment. Chronic EMG device. As a member of the Institute of Health Living and Chronic Disease Prevention I have strong collaborative and research capacity building opportunities for students and colleagues.


How hand strength can indicate Parkinson’s patients’ decline

Using Exercise To Fight Frailty:

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Exercise like an Olympian: My Message for an Aging Contemporary Society.

Spinal  Cord Injury Exercise Prescription.



Jones, GR
, Brandon, C, Gill DP. (2017). Physical activity levels of community-dwelling older adults are influenced by winter weather variable. Archive of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 71:38-33. doi:

Jones GR, Roland KP, Neubauer NN, Jakobi JM. (2016). Handgrip Strength Related to Long-term Electromyography: Application for Assessing Functional Decline in Parkinson’s Disease. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 98(2):347-352.

Bray N.W., Smart R.R., Jakobi J.M., Jones G.R. (2016). Exercise to Reverse Frailty. Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism. Oct;41(10):1112-1116. DOI:10.1139/apnm-2016-0226

Jones G.R., Roland K.P., Neubauer N.N., Jakobi J.M. (2016). Handgrip Strength Related to Long-term Electromyography: Application for Assessing Functional Decline in Parkinson’s Disease. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 98(2):347-352.

Jones G.R. Neubauer N.A., O’Connor B., Jakobi J.M. EMG Functional Tasks Recordings Determines Frailty Phenotypes in Males and Females. Journal of Experimental Gerontology 77. 12-18

Stathokostas, L. Jones, GR. Can Older Adults ‘Walk” Their Way to Successful Aging?  The Case for Physical Activity Literacy for an Aging Population. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 24(3) 341-341 doi:

Stathokostas, L. Jones, GR.  Exercise Modality Choices One Year after Intervention in Previously Inactive Older Men and Women. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. Jul;24(3):435-43. doi: 10.1123/japa.2015-0167

Roland K.P. Theou O. Jakobi J.M, Swan L. Jones G.R. (2014). How do community physical and occupational therapist classify frailty? A pilot study. Journal of Frailty and Aging 3(4):247-250

Roland K.P.*, Cornett K.*, Theou O.*, Jakobi J.M. & Jones G.R. Concurrence of frailty and Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Frailty and Aging. 2012. 1(3):123-127 2.

Roland K.P.*, Cornett K.*, Theou O.*, Jakobi J.M. & Jones G.R. Physical Activity Across Frailty Phenotypes in Females with Parkinson’s Disease. Journal of Aging Research. Special Edition: Aging, Physical Activity, and Disease Prevention. 2012:468156. Epub 2012 Aug 7.

Gill D.P.*, Jones G.R., Zou G.Y. Speechley M. Using a single question to assess physical activity in older adults: a reliability and validity study. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2012. 28;20.

Theou O.*, Jones G.R., Jakobi J.M., Vandervoort A.A. A Comparison of Physical Activity Assessment Tools Across Levels of Frailty. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 2012. May-Jun; 54(3):e307-14.

Roland K.P.*, Jakobi J.M., Powell C., Jones, G.R. Determinants of Frailty Phenotype in Community-Dwelling Males and Females with Parkinson’s disease. Journal American Geriatrics Society. 2012. 60(3): 590

Roland K.P.*, Theou O.*, Jakobi J.M., Swan L., Jones, G.R. Exploring Frailty: Community Physical and Occupational Therapist’s Perspectives. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics. 2011. 29(4): 270–286.

Theou, O.*, Jones, G.R.*, Jakobi, J.M. Mitinski, A. Vandervoort, A.A. A comparison of 14-physical activity tools in older women across levels of frailty. Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism. 2011. 36(6):928-38.

Theou O.*, Bruce, S.H.*,Roland K.*, Jones, G.R., Jakobi J.M. Portable Electromyography: Application for Understanding Muscle Function of Daily Life in Older Adults. Gerotechnology. 2011. 10(3).

Theou O*, Stathokostas L, Roland K*, Jakobi JM, Patterson C, Vandervoort A.A, Jones, G.R. The Effectiveness of Exercise Interventions for the Management of Frailty: A Systematic Review.  Journal of Aging Research.  2011. 569194

Robbins SM*, Birmingham TB, Callaghan JP, Jones, G.R., Chesworth BM, Maly MR. Frequency and magnitude of knee loading explain pain in knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care & Research. 2011. 63(7):991-997

Roland K.P.*, Jakobi, J.M., Powell C., Jones, G.R. Factors related to functional independence in females with Parkinson’s disease: A systematic review. Maturitas. 2011. 69:304-311

Roland K*, Jakobi JM, Jones G.R.  Does Yoga Engender Fitness in Older Adults? A Critical Review.Journal of Aging Physical Activity. 2011. 19:62-79

Theou O*, Jakobi JM, Vandervoort AA, Jones, G.R. Daily Muscle Activity and Quiescence in Non-frail, Pre-frail, and Frail Older Women. Experimental Gerontology. 2010. 45(12):909-117.

Robbins SM*, Birmingham TB, Jones, G.R., Callaghan JP, Maly MR. Developing an estimate of daily cumulative loading for the knee: Examining test-retest reliability. Gait Posture. 2009 Nov;30(4):497-501

Brandon CA*, Jones G.R., Gill DP, Speechley M, Gilliland J. Physical Activity Levels of Older Community-Dwelling Adults are Influenced by Summer Weather Variables. Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism. 2009. 34(2):182-90.

Gill DP*, Zou GY, Jones, G.R., Speechley M. Regression models for recurrent events identified increased fall risk in less physically active veterans. Annals Epidemiology. 2009. 19(8):523-30.

(*graduate students)