About Us

The Gerontology Research Centre (GRC) was established in 1982 with the help of grants from Imperial Oil, the Real Estate Foundation of BC, Shoppers Drug Mart, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The Centre publishes: the "Fact Book on Aging in British Columbia and Canada" that is now in its 6th Edition and two newsletters: GRC News which reports on the Centre's current research and education activities; and Seniors' Housing Update which highlights new developments in seniors' housing.

ANNUAL REPORT: 2014-2015

In 2010, as part of its commitment to knowledge transfer the GRC, in a special project organized by Raymond G. Adams (Information Officer), contributed digitized publications representing 30 years of research to the SFU Library Institutional Repository (IR) Project. The goal of this project is to expose SFU research and scholarship to the University and broader community. To-date, the GRC has contributed 63 full-text publications to this initiative that are available both on our own website as well as on the University’s IR Project or “Communities in DSpace” webpage.

The GRC also contributed to the IR project by adding video presentations from our Friesen Conferences as well as our own Friesen Conference webpages:

2011: 20th Friesen Conference: “Growing Old in a Changing Climate: Exploring the Interface Between Population Aging and Global Warming.”

2012: 21st Friesen Conference: “Innovations in Home Care: A Public Policy Perspective.”

2013: 22nd Friesen Conference: "Taboo Topics in Residential Care"

2014: 23rd Friesen Conference: "Housing Alternatives for an Aging Population"

The associated Department of Gerontology was established in 1983.

Together, the GRC and Department serve as a focal point for research, education and information on individual and population aging and maintain an active publications program to promote utilization of existing knowledge in the following areas:

Aging and the Built Environment

Research on planning, design, development and evaluation of housing, care facilities, community environments and enabling technology.

Changing Demography and Lifestyles

Examination of impact of changes in the timing of life events and in retirement, pension and income support policy and programs.

Health Promotion/Population Health and Aging

Examination of determinants and consequences of population health, develop and evaluate programs that assist seniors to improve their mental and physical health, cope with chronic illness, and prevent disability.

Prevention of Victimization and Exploitation of Older Persons

Research and development of programs to prevent financial, psychological, physical and sexual abuse of older people, and facilitate access to rights and services.

Technology and Aging

Research, development and evaluation of technologies to support independent living and enhance quality of life.