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The SFU Gerontology Research Centre (GRC) and the SFU Department of Gerontology serve as focal points for interdisciplinary research, education, and information on individual and population aging to promote collaboration and knowledge exchange in the following areas: Aging and the Built Environment, Changing Demography and Lifestyles, Health Promotion/Population Health and Aging, Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect, Technology and Aging, and Culture and Aging.
SFU Gerontology Research Centre: Our Story
40 Years of Impact
For over 40 years, the SFU Gerontology Research Centre (GRC) has engaged in impactful research to improve the lives of older adults.
Established in 1982
The SFU Gerontology Research Centre was established in 1982 by founding Director Gloria Gutman with the support of a strategic grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada followed by significant contributions to the GRC Endowment Fund by Imperial Oil, Shoppers Drug Mart and the BC Real Estate Foundation.
The Tong Louie Living Lab (TLLL) was developed in 1995 as a collaboration between SFU and BCIT with a mission to enhance independent living and quality of life among older adults through research on planning, design, development and evaluation of housing, care facilities, community environments and enabling technology.
The GRC supports many research networks, hubs, and collaborative projects, including two labs purposed to collect data for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). The CLSA is the largest population study on aging in Canada bringing together over 160 researchers across the country representing multiple disciplines.
Several editions of the Fact Book on Aging have been published to highlight topics from a wide range of areas, including: the size and historical rate of growth of the elderly population in British Columbia and Canada; trends in life expectancy, mortality rates and causes of death; the marital status of the elderly population; its geographic distribution and residential mobility; ethnic composition; a description of living arrangements and housing; education, employment, and economic status; disabilities; diet and physical activity; and health service utilization.