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Areas of Focus

Aging in Society

We are focused on aging, the impacts of social and economic factors, and how the health and social care system can support health and wellness across the entire life course. The following are some of the specific topic areas we are actively exploring in this field:

  • Living with dementia
  • Aging and mental health
  • Age friendly communities
  • Intergenerational connections
  • Public and cultural perspectives on aging (ageism etc.)
  • Supporting family/friend caregivers
  • Health and social care for frail older adults

Why Aging in Society?

Most health services research in aging is focused on utilization patterns, programs and interventions for the treatment of illness and disease in frail older adults. While this type of research is important, it only captures a snapshot of the impact of aging on the health and social care of Canadians. By exploring the social and economic context of population aging today, tomorrow and into the future, we are finding ways to support health and wellness across the entire life course.