John Pickering

Real Estate Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

Room: HC 2800




PhD (SFU); BA (McMaster)

Research Interests

Healthy aging, social networks, social support systems, rural aging, housing, dementia, transnational lifestyles, aging mobilities, therapeutic landscapes, wellbeing, quality of life, social isolation and loneliness


John Pickering, PhD is a health geographer and geographical gerontologist with research interests at the nexus of place, aging and health. He is the current holder of the Real Estate Foundation postdoctoral fellowship in the Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Pickering completed his doctoral training with Dr. Valorie Crooks at Simon Fraser University. This qualitative and empirical research was bound in case study methodology and explored the lived experiences of older Canadians who live outside of the country during the Canadian winters.

An interest in aging has been a lifelong focus for Dr. Pickering, beginning as a volunteer musician performing at nursing and assisted living institutions, and through his own maternal grandmother’s struggle with dementia. Dr. Pickering’s research focuses the lived experiences of health and aging in a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach. The wide-ranging goals of this research are to further explore mobilities in older age, experiences of social isolation and loneliness, and “age-friendly” built environments.

Selected Publications


  • Pickering J., Crooks, V. A., Snyder, J., & Milner, T. (2022). Relational, community-based and practical: Support systems used by Canadian spousal caregivers living seasonally in the United States. Health & Social Care in the Community.
  • Wister, A., Li, L., Levasseur, M., Kadowaki, L., & Pickering, J. (2022). The effects of loneliness on depressive symptoms among older adults during COVID-19: Longitudinal analyses of the CLSA. Journal of Aging and Health. https://doi. org/10.1177/08982643221129686.
  • Pickering, J., Crooks, V. A., Snyder, J., & Milner, T. (2021). “If you have a pain, get on a plane”: qualitatively exploring how short-term Canadian international retirement migrants prepare to manage their health while abroad. Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines, 7(1), 1-10.
  • Pickering, J., Crooks, V. A., Snyder, J., & Milner, T. (2020). Opportunities and challenges in providing health care for International Retirement Migrants: a qualitative case study of Canadians travelling to Yuma, Arizona. Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines, 6, 1-10.
  • Pickering, J., Crooks, V. A., Snyder, J., & Morgan, J. (2019). What Is Known about the Factors Motivating Short-Term International Retirement Migration? A Scoping Review. Journal of Population Ageing, 12 (3) p. 379–395.

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