Research

The GRC serves 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 maintains an active publications program.

 
Major research 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 the 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 healthy aging, development and evaluation of programs that foster social connectedness, positive mental and physical health, resilience, coping with chronic illness, and prevention of 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.
  • Culture and Aging – Examination of ethnic-cultural dynamics of aging, including access to services, diaspora, family relationships, and resilience.

Recent Publications

Ongoing Research Initiatives

Andrew Wister

Dr. Andrew Wister is currently involved in several projects, including a CIHR funded CLSA catalyst grant titled "A Multi-Level Analysis of Functional, Social and Psychological Multimorbidity Resilience and Aging” (with Scott Lear, Dawn Mackey, Miriam Rosin, Nadine Schuurman, Barbara Mitchell and Ian Fyffe); several projects on homelessness, shelter and aging (with Sarah Canham); co-Investigator (B. Mortenson & F. Routhier, PIs) on an AgeWell core research project titled “Innovative Technology for Caregivers;” as well as leading the data collection of the Tracking and Comprehensive CLSA cohorts at SFU with over 25 staff.

Sarah Canham

Dr. Canham is the research lead on a 2-year project (May 2017 to April 2019), entitled Supporting Partnerships between Health and Homelessness. In partnership with the Greater Vancouver Shelter Strategy and Providence Health Care, this project seeks to understand the resources needed to enhance the experience of homeless persons who are transitioning from hospitals to shelter or housing. Using a community-based participatory research approach, the project will: 1) conduct a scoping review of available literature on the health support needs for homeless persons transitioning from hospital to shelter and housing; 2) evaluate two ongoing hospital-to-shelter programs that facilitate transitions of homeless persons from hospital to shelter and housing; and 3) develop recommendations to improve transitions from hospital to shelters and housing.

We have completed a scoping review of the literature and will be presenting findings at a World Café workshop on October 25, 2017. This will offer the opportunity to consult with hospital, shelter, and housing staff as to the completeness of our findings. Stay tuned to upcoming newsletters for updates or contact Dr. Sarah Canham scanham@sfu.ca for additional information.