Institute Research Projects


  • Engaged Scholarship: Evaluating Community Care for Older Adults, 2012-2018

To evaluate the degree of uptake and utilization of evidence-based research through the use of pocket tools by practitioners, policy makers and by the public, including seniors and their families. To engage, train and retain a new generation of students in knowledge transfer research & gerontology in Canada.

  • Developing an Action Plan for Addressing Social Isolation in Urban Dwelling Asian Seniors, 2015-2017

The purpose of the project is to develop an action plan detailing strategies that promote age-friendliness in the Kensington-Chinatown Neighbourhood (KCN). The research team will conduct a needs assessment of KCN by conducting telephone interviews with older Chinese residents who live in the neighbourhood. The team will also hold focus groups with residents and practitioners who work with older adults in the area to identify priorities for improvement.

  • Financial Literacy and First Nations Custodial Grandparents, 2015-2016

Recent research has shown that Canadians of First Nations origin, including North American Indians, Métis, and Inuit, are vastly over-represented among grandparents raising grandchildren in skipped generation households in Canada (households which include only grandparents and grandchildren. The aim of this project, with the direction provided by First Nations communities, is to foster economic security for older adults through enhanced financial literacy and the development of user-friendly financial literacy tools and resources. Proposed tools include Financial Literacy for Legal Issues and Costs, Government Benefits and Subsidies, Band Issues, and Budgeting for the Needs of Children Today.


  1. National Survey on the Mistreatment of Older Canadians, 2012-2015
  2. Financial Literacy and Custodial Grandparents, 2012-2014
  3. Nice Knowledge Exchange, 2012-2013
  4. Defining and Measuring Elder Abuse: International Perspectives, 2012-2013
  5. Defining and Measuring Elder Abuse and Neglect – Preparatory Work Required to Measure the Prevalence of Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults in Canada, 2010-2012
  6. Human trafficking from the Former Eastern Bloc of Canada, 2011-2012
  7. Older Women and Financial Literacy – Bridging the Income Gap, 2010-2012
  8. National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly – NICE (refunding), 2009-2010
  9. Engaged Scholarship: Evaluating Community Care for Older Adults, 2009-2010
  10. Examining Knowledge Translation in Aging: Developing and Developed Countries, 2009-2010
  11. Improving Health Human Resources for Canada’s Aging Population: Recruiting Students to the Field of Aging, 2009-2010
  12. Attracting Students to Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2009-2010
  13. Engaged Scholarship: Evaluating Community Care for Older Adults (LOI), 2009-2010
  14. International Research on Aging (IOF), 2008-2009
  15. NICE Elder Abuse Team: Knowledge to Action, 2008-2011
  16. Institutional Abuse of Older Adults: What We Know, What We Need to Know, 2007-2008
  17. Qualitative Metasynthesis of Empirical Research on the Sex Trafficking of Women to Canada, 2007-2008
  18. From Homelessness to Home: A Knowledge Exchange, 2008-2009
  19. Bridging Aging and Domestic Abuse: Strategies for Social and Economic Inclusion, 2008-2009
  20. Annual NICE Knowledge Exchange 2008, 2008-2009
  21. Building Partnerships for Service Provision to Migrant Sex Workers, 2007-2008
  22. Analysis of Second Language Training Programs for Older Adults in Canada, 2007-2008
  23. Systematic Review of Retirement Planning (Campbell Collaboration), 2006-2008
  24. Cluster on Population Change and Life Course, 2007-2014
  25. Life Course as a Policy Lens, 2006-2009
  26. International Collaboration for the Care of the Elderly (NCE), 2006-2009
  27. Project for an Ontario Women’s Health Evidence-based Report Card, 2006-2009
  28. National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NCE-NI), 2005-2011
  29. Healthy Aging in Immigrant Communities (Health Disparities LOI), 2005
  30. A Way Forward: Promoting Promising Approaches to Abuse Prevention in Institutional Setting, 2005-2007
  31. Canada in the 21st Century: Moving Towards an Older Society, SEDAP II (MCRI), 2005-2010
  32. In from the streets: The health and well-being of formerly homeless older adults, 2005-2007
  33. Retiring to Caregive, 2005-2008
  34. Community Gentrification and Building the Community from Within, 2005-2010
  35. Healthy and Successful Aging in an Urban Ethnic Environment, 2004-2006
  36. Measuring Health Inequalities among Canadian Women: Developing a Basket of Indicators, 2006-2007
  37. Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, 2003-2004
  38. Health Status Disparities in the Urban Ethnic Elderly, 2003-2004
  39. The Older Homeless, 2002-2004
  40. Divorce and Separation in Retirement, 2002-2005
  41. The Retirement Experience of Older Gay Man and Lesbians, 2002-2005