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.

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.