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Organizations and Centres on Healthy Aging
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Canadian Research Centres on Aging
Contains website addresses, key leaders, and contact details for thirty-seven research centres across Canada including the following:
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA), University of Western Ontario
The CCAA is a unique, national research and education centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western. It promotes physical activity and well-being for older adults through a combination of basic and applied research, education, and community-based exercise programs.
Centre for Education and Knowledge Exchange in Aging at Baycrest (Toronto)
Baycrest is a global leader in geriatric residential living, healthcare, research, innovation, and education, with a special focus on brain health and aging.
Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health, Lakehead University
The Centre conducts high quality knowledge translation through rigorous research and evidence-based education to advance health and social care for an aging population and promote the health and well-being of people aging across the life span.
Centre for Elder Research, Sheridan College
We provide a unique environment for conducting applied research into areas of practical concern and immediate relevance to older adults and their families. We develop innovative approaches and creative interdisciplinary partnerships that focus on enhancing the lives of older Canadians.
Elizabeth Bruyère Research Institute, University of Ottawa
Bruyère is a multi-site academic health care organization that is maximizing quality of life and helping people stay and return home. They deliver a wide variety of services in aging and rehabilitation, medically complex, palliative, residential and primary care.
GERAS Centre for Aging Research, Hamilton Health Science and McMaster University
Their mission is to make life better for older adults by bringing the best research to the frontlines of care as quickly as possible.
Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, McMaster University
The centre serves as a critical hub of research, teaching, and outreach. Their mission is to improve all aspects of the lives of older adults in the community and in long-term care by linking research, education, policy, and practice with local, national, and global initiatives.
Institute for Life Course and Aging, University of Toronto
The Institute has two principal mandates: to facilitate interdisciplinary research on the biological, psychological, and social dimensions of the life course and aging; and to provide graduate and post-graduate education on the life course and aging.
National Institute on Ageing, Ryerson University
The National Institute on Ageing is a Ryerson University think tank focused on the realities of Canada’s ageing population. Through their work, their mission is to enhance successful aging across the life course and to make Canada the best place to grow up and grow old.
Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
The Rotman Research Institute opened in 1989 introducing formal research programs in fundamental science, focusing on memory and brain function, both in normal aging and in the presence of diseases and conditions that affect the brain, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias.
Schlegel—University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging
They are a charitable foundation dedicated to enhancing care and quality of life for older adults. They drive innovation to tackle the biggest issues facing an aging population.
Trent Centre for Aging and Society, Trent University
The Trent Centre for Aging and Society gathers faculty, students, staff, and community stakeholders to build meaningful dialogue that challenges entrenched ideas about aging, old age, and older people.
York University Centre for Aging Research and Education (YU-CARE), York University
The aim of the York University Centre for Aging Research and Education (YU-CARE) is to support and promote the work of its researchers and graduate trainees who study changes, challenges, and policies to support aging at individual, organizational, and societal levels.
Newfoundland and Labrador:
Aging Research Centre, Newfoundland and Labrador (ARC-NL)
ARC-NL is focused on promoting and coordinating research related to aging that is relevant to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Centre builds relationships with researchers, encourages students to pursue aging-related research, offers grants and fellowships to support the research, and shares that research with the public, particularly our older population.
Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research – Research Exchange Group on Aging, Memorial University
The Research Exchange Group on Aging provides a forum where seniors in our community can meet with faculty, students, researchers, policy makers, and other community and health system partners to discuss a variety of issues related to healthy aging in Newfoundland and Labrador. A working committee of this Research Exchange Group was responsible for the establishment of Aging Centre-NL, the province's first centre for research on aging.
Centre of Excellence on Longevity, RUISSS (Réseau Universitaire Intégré de Santé) McGill and Jewish General Hospital
Since 2015, within the RUISSS McGill, the Centre of Excellence on Longevity has been dedicated to knowledge brokering and the implementation of innovative practices to improve the health, longevity, and quality of life of seniors by empowering them and acting on their environment.
Centre d’excellence sur le vieillissement de Québec (CEVQ), Université Laval, CHU de Québec, Hôpital du Saint-Sacrement
The Quebec Center of Excellence on Aging (CEVQ) brings together experts from different disciplines to improve knowledge and practices adapted to the needs of the elderly, on the psychological, physical, and social levels.
Centre de recherche et d’expertise en gérontologie sociale (CREGÉS)
The CREGÉS brings together the worlds of research, professional practice, and citizen action around a common project, social gerontology. Social gerontology is a multidisciplinary field of study focused on the social aspects of aging.
Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM)
This centre tackles the conditions that undermine the full health and quality of life of seniors and that prevent them from fully living their last years of life.
Centre de recherche sur le vieillissement / Research Centre on Aging, Université de Sherbrooke
One of the most important research centres specializing in aging in Canada.
Donald Berman Maimonides Centre for Research in Aging
The overarching aim of the multidisciplinary research program developed at the Centre for Research in Aging is to generate, disseminate, and translate knowledge for evidence-informed medical and nursing practices in long-term care.
engAGE Centre for Research on Aging, Concordia University
engAGE aspires to change how we think about aging. Through innovative, collaborative, interdisciplinary research, engAGE researchers work with older people and their communities in order to address challenges and facilitate opportunities in all realms of life: social, physical, cognitive, emotional, and political.
Institut sur le vieillissement et la participation sociale des aînés (IVPSA), Université Laval (French only)
Being at the heart of the challenges posed by the increase in the number of aging people, the IVPSA brings together professor-researchers from Laval University and community partners.
McGill Centre for Studies in Aging (MCSA), Douglas Hospital
The McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging (MCSA) was established in 1985 as a multidisciplinary academic unit dedicated to gerontological research and postgraduate teaching on the mechanisms of aging as well as prevention of age-associated disorders.
Centre d'études du vieillissement, Université de Moncton
The Centre for the Study of Aging is a multidisciplinary research center in the field of aging that was established to provide the elderly, their families, those who work with them, and governments with current data relating to a society aging.
Third Age Centre, St. Thomas University
The mission of the Third Age Centre is to empower older adults to maintain healthy, independent, active lifestyles. The mandate is to do research and public education on seniors’ issues, and to act as an advocate on behalf of seniors.
Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, University of Calgary
A collaborative hub for interdisciplinary aging research and education undertaken by faculties across the University including, but not limited to, Medicine, Kinesiology, Nursing, and Social Work. Overall, the Centre aims to enhance the health and wellness of older adults and better inform public policy on issues pertaining to the aging population.
The Gerontology Research Centre (GRC), Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre
The GRC promotes and conducts innovative interdisciplinary research on topics relating to individual and population aging and provides research and consultation services to the academic community, government, NGOs, and public and private organizations.
Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health, University of Victoria
The Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health (IALH) is committed to promoting and conducting rigorous basic and applied research to improve the health and quality of life of individuals across the life course. Their research is rooted in a broad orientation to health and aging that includes attention to the social, psychological, environmental, geographical, and cultural contexts in which people live, as well as the institutions responsible for the health of aging populations.
Science and Technology for Aging Research (STAR) Institute, Simon Fraser University Surrey Campus
The Institute supports the development and implementation of technologies to address many of the health challenges encountered in old age, as well as address the social, commercial, and policy aspects of using and accessing technologies.
Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
The Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba, was established on July 1, 1982, with a mandate to serve as a focal point for the conduct of research on aging. The Centre has developed a national and international reputation for excellence in research.
Centre on Aging and Health, University of Regina
The University of Regina Centre on Aging and Health supports research in aging and health, graduate education, and community outreach.
Maritime Data Centre for Aging Research and Policy Analysis, Mount Saint Vincent University
The purpose of this centre is: to conduct research on the effects of the aging population with particular emphasis on caregiving issues; to train graduate and undergraduate students in research methodologies, analysis of public policies, and quantitative analyses of primary and secondary data; and to translate findings from data analysis to key local, provincial, and national decision-makers in the continuing care field.
Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, Mount Saint Vincent University
A university-based research centre that conducts applied research on age-related issues. Their mission is to advance knowledge on aging to inform social policy and practice and enhance the quality of life of older people and their families.
Prince Edward Island:
Centre for Health and Community Research, University of Prince Edward Island
A collaborative research centre that specializes in patient-oriented research and health care evaluation in Prince Edward Island and Canada.
Relevant Organizations and Websites
AARP is a nonpartisan, non-profit association based in the US dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age. Since its founding in 1958, AARP has delivered value to its members (now 37 million) through advocacy, information, and service. AARP International (https://www.aarpinternational.org) engages global stakeholders to change how we look at aging and enable people everywhere to pursue their goals and dreams. *The Journal *(https://www.aarpinternational.org/the-journal/current-edition) is AARP's premier international publication that addresses health and financial security issues facing a global aging population. It features articles from the most respected voices in global aging, and is now part of the curriculum of numerous academic institutions worldwide.
CanAge is a national seniors' advocacy organization, working to improve the lives of older adults through advocacy, policy, and community engagement. The pan-Canadian member base includes older people, their loved ones, and their advocates—engaged citizens of all ages and with diverse lived experiences unified by their desire to make Canada a better place to age for us all. Free to join and receive their newsletter and participate in webinars. The website includes resources (speaker series and publications) on a number of topics.
Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG)
CAG is Canada’s multidisciplinary association for those who research, work in, and have an interest in the field of aging. The Canadian Journal on Aging / La Revue canadienne du vieillissement is a refereed, quarterly publication of the Canadian Association on Gerontology. It publishes manuscripts on aging with a focus on biology, health sciences, psychology, social sciences, and social policy and practice.
Canadian Federation of Nurses Union (CFNU)
The CFNU is the national voice for nearly 200,000 nurses and student nurses across Canada. The organization advocates for the health and safety of their members and the patients they care for from coast to coast and are part of the world voice for unionized nurses. Statements and other resources related to seniors and aging can be found at https://nursesunions.ca/?s=seniors
Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)
The CLSA is a national and multidisciplinary state-of-the-art research platform and infrastructure, available for aging research with longitudinal data that will span 20 years or more from over 50,000 participants aged 45–85 at the time of recruitment. The website includes resources such as publications, news, and videos.
Canadian Medical Association, Seniors Care
This site contains information on seniors’ health care as well as resources and advocacy reports on all aspects of care from prevention to palliative care, as well as resources on healthy aging, prescriptions, and CMA policy and recommendations for supporting older Canadians. While the website is designed for physicians, other health service providers will find useful information here.
Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)
CNA is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing. The organization represents registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed and registered practical nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, and retired nurses across all 13 provinces and territories. On the CNA website the advocacy tab covers multiple topics including aging and seniors care, including recommendations to the federal government and emerging RN roles in the care of older adults (https://www.cna-aiic.ca/en/policy-advocacy/aging-and-seniors-care)
Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)
Founded in 1910, CPHA is the independent voice and trusted advocate for public health in Canada with links to the international community. CPHA is uniquely positioned to advise decision-makers about public health system reform and to guide initiatives to help safeguard the personal and community health of Canadians and people around the world. CPHA members believe in universal and equitable access to the basic conditions that are necessary to achieve health for all. The organization leverages knowledge, identifies and addresses emerging public health issues, and connects diverse communities of practice. The Canadian Journal of Public Health publishes peer-reviewed original research that is relevant to population and public health, including articles on aging and older adults in Canada.
Health Promotion Canada—Promotion de la santé Canada
This national organization, which unites health promoters across Canada, aims to share tools and resources that support the health promotion workforce and strengthen professional practices.
HelpAge International (HAI)
HAI is the secretariat for the HelpAge Global Network, which aims to create a fairer world for older people so they can live safe, healthy, and dignified lives. The network has 158 members across 86 countries, HelpAge Canada (https://helpagecanada.ca) was a founding member. The website for HAI has multiple resources on aging and developing countries as well as toolkits, videos, and posters.
Institut national de santé publique du Québec
The mandate of the INSPQ is to support the Minister and regional agencies in fulfilling their public health mission. The Institute’s mission includes development, updating, dissemination, and implementation of knowledge. The website provides information and resources related to a variety of health issues and interventions.
Institute of Aging (IA), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
As part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Institute of Aging identifies and addresses through research and other actions, the knowledge gaps and opportunities related to Canada’s aging population. The Institute focuses on health and wellness across the entire trajectory of life while specifically addressing the health challenges of older individuals. The Institute plays an important role in Canada as a key convener and catalyzer for the research community and facilitates the links with policymakers, health systems, clinicians, and the private sector.
International Federation on Ageing (IFA)
The IFA is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) whose members are government, NGOs, academia, industry, and individuals in nearly 80 countries. IFA believes that all these members working together are essential to help shape and influence policy and good practices. IFA has general consultative status at the United Nations, and its agencies, and in formal working relations with the World Health Organization. The website contains a host of resources on multiple topics, including webinars, a virtual town hall series, an expert centre, spotlights, publications, videos, position statements, and campaigns.
International Longevity Centre, Canada (ILC-Canada)
ILC-Canada is an independent think tank created in 2015 that uses a human rights lens to propose ideas and guidance for policies addressing population aging based on international and domestic research and practice, with a view to bettering the lives of Canadians and older adults around the world. ILC-Canada does this through knowledge development and exchange, recommendations of evidence-based polices, social mobilization, and networking. ILC-Canada is a member of the Global Alliance of International Longevity Centres, with member organizations in 16 countries (https://www.ilc-alliance.org) ILC-Canada partners with the LIFE Research Institute at the University of Ottawa (LRI). The LRI is an action-oriented research hub that takes a comprehensive approach to aging by advancing knowledge and training on the physical, mental, and social factors that impact quality of life throughout the life trajectory. (https://www.uottawa.ca/life/en)
National Collaborating Centres for Public Health - Centres de collaboration nationale en santé publique
Funded by the Public Health Agency in Canada in 2005, the National Collaborating Centres (NCCs) identify knowledge gaps, foster networks, and provide the public health system with an array of evidence-based resources, multi-media products, and knowledge translation services. The NCCs are located across Canada, and each focus on a different public health priority.
National Seniors Council
The National Seniors Council engages with seniors, stakeholders, and experts to provide advice to the Government of Canada and the Minister for Seniors on current and emerging issues and opportunities related to the health, well-being, and quality of life of seniors.
Ontario Interdisciplinary Council for Aging and Health
https://cou.ca/members-groups/affiliates/oicah/ The Ontario Interdisciplinary Council for Aging and Health seeks to enhance the well-being of older adults in Ontario by promoting partnerships and collaboration among universities and stakeholders to improve interdisciplinary and inter-professional education, research, policy, and practice related to aging.
Public Health Agency of Canada/Agence de la santé publique du Canada
In carrying out its mandate to promote and protect the health of Canadians, the Agency is involved in a variety of activities, including program delivery, research and knowledge development, and public and professional education. Its website includes information and resources related to key issues and interventions in Canada.
Public Health Agency of Canada: Aging and Seniors
This website contains information and resources on aging in Canada as well as links to other government sites with information and services for seniors in Canada
Vanier Institute of Family
The Vanier Institute of the Family is an independent voice for families in Canada. The Institute works bilingually with, and on behalf of, those who study, serve, and support families (including researchers, elected officials, policymakers and analysts, teachers, students, family service agencies, businesses, and non-governmental organizations). Their website houses information on their research and a host of resources including articles, videos, policy updates and briefs, fact sheets, and infographics on multiple topics related to the family, including relationships, living arrangements, retirement, death and dying, transitions in later life, and other topics of special concern to older adults. It includes multiple resources on the impact of COVID-19 on families.
World Health Organization: Ageing and Life Course
This website provides information on aging and life course, data and research on aging, and links to key publications.
Sources of Information on All Topics in Healthy Aging
Aging Horizons Bulletin (AHB)
The AHB is a bimonthly online educational publication for the general reader. AHB reports on current research, and it highlights persons, best practices, and items of interest to inform and inspire readers. AHB sheds light on the aging process from a human development perspective.
The Conversation Canada (launched in 2017) is an independent source of news and views, from the academic and research community, delivered directly to the public. It aims to allow for a better quality of public discourse, journalism, and conversations in complex areas including health, science and technology, culture, and more. The website contains podcasts and articles. A search under “seniors” reveals multiple current articles written by researchers and academics within a university or university-affiliated research institution.
McMaster Optimal Aging Portal
The overall goal of the Portal is to ensure that older people (and the practitioners and caregivers that work with older people) have access to high-quality information that can help you remain healthy, active, and engaged as long as possible, and to manage your health conditions. The Portal has several types of content for the public, including informative blog posts, consumer-friendly web resource ratings, and evidence summaries drawn from high-quality research articles. The content for health professionals is drawn from best-in-class resources for clinical, public health, and policymaking questions.
Policy Options magazine is an online public forum for the informed discussion of public policy hosted by the Institute for Research Public Policy. Contributors include academics, students who co-author with a supervising professor, independent researchers, legislators, people in the nongovernmental and not-for-profit sectors, journalists, and individuals from corporate Canada. The editors look for submissions that analyze and critique policies, legislation, regulations, laws and strategies, and recommendations for making public policy better.
sagelink.ca is the host site providing information and products developed by the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health and is the web presence for the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program and the home of the Seniors Health Knowledge Network. See also https://sagelink.ca/knowledge-exchange/linkages/
Seniors Health Knowledge Network (SHKN)
SHKN is a network of networks that mobilizes evidence, shares knowledge, and brokers relationships across disciplines and sectors including practitioners, researchers, educators, policymakers, and older adults. The Network has developed a broad variety of tools and resources for knowledge translation and exchange such as webinars, social media, newsletters, websites, and related web-based technologies, which are hosted and supported by the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health at Providence Care.
Statistics Canada Infographics
These infographics provide a quick overview of Statistics Canada survey data.