In the next few generations, the worldwide proportion of older persons will increase ten fold to 1 in 4. By 2021, Ontario will be home to close to three million seniors – more than double the number in 1998. With this rate of growth, the need to translate applied research into practical strategies and approaches that meet the challenges and opportunities presented by this imminent boom is critical. Creating possibilities that enhance the quality of life for older adults – not just in our surrounding communities, but everywhere – is what you’ll discover at the Centre for Elder Research.
The Centre for Elder Research, opened in September 2003, is a unique environment for the conduct of applied research into areas of practical concern and immediate relevance to older Canadians. The Centre develops innovative approaches and creative interdisciplinary partnerships to focus on enhancing the lives of Canadian seniors.
The goal of the Centres to identify, develop, test and support implementation of innovative strategies that improve the quality of life for older adults and their families, and to do this through applied research. The scope of our Reciprocal Benefits Research (RBR), is wide ranging. Our approach to research builds on the personal strengths of older adults and seeks to empower them, their families and their communities.