GRC & Department Research & Publications

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 GRC and associated Department of Gerontology serve as a focal point for research, education and information on individual and population aging, are active in local, national, and international events and conferences, and maintain an active publications program. GRC publications include the Fact Book on Aging in British Columbia and Canada that is now in its 6th Edition and two internationally circulated newsletters: GRC News (which reports on the Centre's current research and education activities); and Seniors' Housing Update (SHUP) which highlights new developments in seniors' housing and technology. The GRC is also involved in a number of national and international research initiatives including: AAL-WELL Ambient Assistive Living Technologies for Wellness, Engagement, and Long Life; AGE-WELL NCE Aging Gracefully across Environments to Ensure Well-being; Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging CLSA; and the ISG International Society for Gerontechnology.

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 Project - Summit. The goal of this project is to expose SFU Gerontology research and scholarship to the University and broader community. The GRC has contributed over 70 full-text publications produced by our faculty and researchers to this initiative that are listed below. The GRC continues to contribute to Summit by adding publications as well as video presentations from such activities as our Friesen Conference series.

Major research areas:

Aging and the Built Environment

Changing Demography and Lifestyles

Health Promotion/Population Health and Aging

Prevention of Victimization and Exploitation of Older Persons

Technology and Aging

Older Adult Education (NOTE: no longer an active)

(NOTE: Categories are approximations as some titles cover more than one research area. Listed publications show the first author/editor OR only the author/editor affiliated with the GRC/DEPARTMENT.)

Aging and the Built Environment

Research on planning, design, development and evaluation of housing, care facilities, community environments and enabling technology. The Dr. Tong Louie Living Lab is part of this theme area.

Aging and the Built Environment Publications and Activities

Full text publications on SFU Summit:

Adult day care centres in British Columbia / G.M. Gutman (1991)

Aging in place: Housing adaptations and options for remaining in the community / G.M. Gutman (1986)

Aging in place: Planning for the 21st century /Mary Ann Clarke Scott (1997)

Canadian homesharing match-up agencies / S. Boyd-Noel (1994)

Homesharing matchup agencies for seniors: A literature review / V. Doyle (1989)

Housing the very old / G.M. Gutman (1988)

Innovations in housing and living arrangements for seniors / G.M. Gutman (1984)

Living arrangements of Canada's elderly: Changing demographic and economic factors / G. Priest (1985)

Progressive accommodation for seniors: Interfacing shelter and services / G.M. Gutman (1994)

A Survey of Canadian homesharing agencies serving the elderly / G.M. Gutman (1989)

Towards more elder friendly acute hospitals - Study 1: The physical environment in ACE units: Design specifics and staff ratings / G.M. Gutman (2006)

Towards more elder friendly acute hospitals - Study 2: The elder friendliness of the physical environment of medical and surgical units in the Fraser Health Authority - Final Report / G.M. Gutman (2005)

Modifications to the hospital physical environment: Effect on older adults retention of post-discharge instructions [NOTE: this MA thesis constitutes - Towards more elder friendly [acute] hospitals: Study 3a] / T. Love (2007)

Towards more elder friendly [acute] hospitals - Study 3b and 3c: Final Report / G.M. Gutman (2008)

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.

Changing Demography and Lifestyles Publications and Activities

Full text publications on SFU Summit:

A beginner’s guide to Canada’s public pension system / L. Zimmerman (1997)

Canada’s changing age structure: Implications for the future / G.M. Gutman (1981)

Evaluation of the Third Age series: final report / A. Sixsmith (1994)

Facing widowhood: A practical guide / L. Zimmerman (1999)

Fact book on aging in British Columbia, 1st Edition / G.M. Gutman (1986)

Fact book on aging in British Columbia, 2nd Edition / G.M. Gutman (1995)

Fact book on aging in British Columbia, 3rd Edition / G.M. Gutman (2000)

Fact book on aging in British Columbia, 4th Edition / A. Wister (2006)

Fact book on aging in British Columbia, 5th Edition / A. Wister (2009)

Focus group study of older drivers / G.M. Gutman (1988)

Isolated elders demonstration project: Closer to home - A descriptive evaluation / S.A. Cusack (1996)

Isolated elders program: Phase II: A summary report / S.A. Cusack (1998)

It's my turn now: The choice of older women to live alone / V. Doyle (1994)

Older drivers in British Columbia : predicting future patterns and assessing strategies for prevention of accidents / A. Wister (2000)

Rethinking retirement / E.M. Gee (1995)

You do have choices: A practical guide to financial decisions for women of all ages / C. Spencer (2000)

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.

Health Promotion/Population Health and Aging Publications and Activities

Full text publications on SFU Summit:

Wister, A., Canham, S., & Walker, B.B. (2017). Gaps in facility care for East Asian cultural groups in selected GVRD communities: A geographic information systems and focus. Group report. Vancouver, BC: Simon Fraser University, Gerontology Research Centre. LINK

Canham, S., Battersby, L., & Fang, M.L. (2016). Mapping Metro Vancouver to support housing first implementation: Service barriers, gaps, and recommendations. Vancouver: Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University. LINK

The Alzheimers Project: A natural experiment in fully challenged aging / S.A. Cusack (1998)

Assisted living: A potential solution to Canada's long-term care crisis / S.M. Golant (2001)

Characteristics, service needs and service preferences of younger adults with severe physical disabilities / G.M. Gutman (1995)

Concepts of good practice in residential and nursing homes for elderly people / A. Sixsmith (1995)

Dementia patients in institutions / G.M. Gutman (1989)

The Eldonian Care of the Elderly Project / A. Sixsmith (1993)

Environmental design, staffing and programming needs of younger adults in long-term care facilities / G.M. Gutman (1989)

Evaluation of the Alzheimer's Disease Society South Cleveland Project / A. Sixsmith (1991)

Health care equity for ethnic minority older adults /S. Koehn (2015) 

A health promotion curriculum for community health workers / N. Hall (1988)

Health promotion for older Canadians: Knowledge gaps and research needs / G.M. Gutman (1994)

Health systems and aging in selected Pacific Rim countries: Cultural diversity and change / A.V. Wister (1998)

The last pleasure: Older women and alcohol / C. Spencer (1997)

Non-biomedical aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders: A comprehensive bibliography, 1960-1988 / K. Hayhurst (1988)

Psychogeriatric client identification project / G.M. Gutman (1995)

Shelter and care of persons with dementia / G.M. Gutman (1992)

Special care units for dementia: Staff and family perceptions / G.M. Gutman (1989)

Three experimental homes for the elderly mentally ill / A. Sixsmith (1990)

Urban-rural comparison of adult day care centres in British Columbia / G.M. Gutman (1991)

Younger adults in long-term care facilities. A review of the literature concerning their characteristics and environmental design, staffing and programming needs / G.M. Gutman (1989)

Younger adults with severe physical disabilities in the Capital Region / G.M. Gutman (1995)

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.

Prevention of Victimization and Exploitation of Older Persons Publications and Activities

Full text publications on SFU Summit:

Diminishing returns: An examination of financial responsibility, decision-making and financial abuse among older adults in British Columbia / C. Spencer (1996)

Respecting your rights: A guide to the rights of people living in British Columbia long term care facilities / C. Spencer (2003)

Elder abuse awareness community guide tool kit / C. Spencer

Technology and Aging

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

Technology and Aging Publications and Activities

Full text publications on SFU Summit:

Technology innovation for an aging society: Blending research, public and private sectors / G.M. Gutman