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Research

The Centre for Aging and Community brings together researchers from a range of disciplines — including  psychology, counselling, philosophy, and medicine — to explore creative ways to examine aging and promote opportunities to enhance healthy aging and wellbeing. We work alongside older adults, community organizations, healthcare practitioners, and industry partners to explore strengths and challenges of the experiences of older adults.

The Centre’s primary research axes are:

  1. Cognitive Aging and Dementia
  2. Optimizing Mobility
  3. Caregiving: Quality of life and meaning
  4. Community, Care and Connectivity
  5. Interventions to optimize quality of life

Participate in a Study

Would you like to participate in an upcoming study? Please complete this short survey and we will contact you if you meet criteria for one of our upcoming studies!

We are truly grateful for your participation as our research would not be possible without your help! Please note that you can remove yourself from our list at any time by contacting Dr. Stephanie Yamin at syamin@ustpaul.ca.

Community Engagement

The Centre has identified three areas of focus for soliciting community engagement:

  1. Social isolation: Equipping persons and groups for community action
    1. Epidemic of loneliness: What is our moral responsibility?
  2. Life review:  Finding your spiritual roots
    1. Who am I? Finding meaning and purpose in life.
  3. Paradigm shift:  Moving from an “I” culture to “We” culture
    1. Engaging community in this historic change to an aging society.

Outreach and Partnerships

In its research, the Centre is affiliated with a number of partners, both institutionally and through the networks of the researchers themselves. In its community engagement, the Centre serves the community at large through outreach and engagement with a variety of individuals and organizations in sectors related to aging. It also serves the University community through its research, programming and through annual awards for students to support their studies and research in issues related to aging.

Funding

The Centre is funded by a generous leadership gift as a cornerstone contribution towards the establishment of this Centre. The administration of the gift is managed in accordance with the policies of the University. The University continues to seek grants and further donor contributions in order to extend its mandate for research and community engagement.