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About the REG on Aging

ARC-NL and NLCAHR convene a Research Exchange Group on Aging.  The group was founded at NLCAHR in 2007 to exchange research knowledge, review research in progress, find funding opportunities, and collaborate on research projects related to aging and seniors. It also provides a forum where students, researchers, policy makers and the general public can meet to discuss issues related to healthy aging in Newfoundland and Labrador.

It will also be an important forum to highlight the research and community activities being undertaken by ARC-NL members.

The group's objectives include:

  • Building collaborations and partnerships
  • Mentoring students and new researchers
  • Communicating funding and research opportunities
  • Identifying knowledge gaps and needs relevant to aging

Group members come from a variety of disciplines and sectors, including Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Education, Human Kinetics and Recreation, Psychology, Public Policy, NGOs, and members from the Regional Health Authorities.

Meetings 2018-2019

October 11, 2018 12:30pm-2:00pmAn Update on the Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Studies on Aging | Dr. Veronica Hutchings, who is to be the Director of a new Aging Research Centre (ARC), provided an update on the creation of this new venture. Much has been achieved to date in developing research capacity and output on aging in this province; however, the key step of creating a dedicated centre for studies on aging at Memorial University had, until now, remained to be taken. Link to ARC Website here

November 7, 2018 12:30pm-2:00pm | Exploring the Intersections of Age and Sexuality: Concerns Among LGBTQ+ Older Adults about Moving from Independent Living to Residential Care. Rebecca Matthews will present her recently-completed research for a Master's in Aging and Health at Queen's University which involved a scoping review of the literature.  This research was the subject of a poster presentation this summer at the International Federation of Aging 14th Global Conference in Toronto. 

December 5, 2018 12:30pm-2:00pm | Dr. Suzanne Brake, Seniors' Advocate for Newfoundland and Labrador will present to the group about the Office of the Seniors' Advocate and its work in outreach and advocacy to promote healthy aging in the province.

January 9, 2019 12:30pm-2:00pm | Mohamed Abdallah and Amanda Devlin of Connections for Seniors  a non-profit organization located in St. John's spoke  about how this initiative provides emergency accommodations and services to adults 55 years of age and older with a view to promoting dignity and self-efficacy while helping seniors navigate complex systems linked to health, housing, legal and financial matters that ultimately impact their quality of life. Link to Slides

February 13, 2019 12:30pm-2:00pm | Susan Brown, Lora Bruyn-Martin and Scott Mitchell from University of Waterloo | The Schlegel Villages program- housing for seniors with dementia, the Research Institute for Aging at U Waterloo and new Knowledge Translation approaches to support health aging research.

March 27, 2019 2:00pn to 3:30pm | Mr. Michael Kary, Director of Policy and Research, BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) presented on the importance of creating dementia-friendly environments in long-term care. Along with highlighting recommendations on dementia care from BCCPA papers such as Strengthening Seniors Care (2017), Mr. Kary provided an overview of various dementia-care models. Models to be highlighted include Dementia Villages and Butterfly Care Homes - the latter of which is being implemented in some Canadian communities and was the subject of an article entitled the Butterfly Effect. Mr. Kary also discussed a new project that the BCCPA is undertaking with the Alzheimer’s Society of BC looking at making care homes more dementia-friendly, including focusing on changes to the physical environment and staffing in long-term care.

March 28, 2019 at 10:30am: Drs. Kerri-Leigh Cassidy and Dallas Seitz of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry will present an overview of the CAGP's programs and initiatives to support seniors' mental health in Canada.

May 15 2019 12:30pm to 2:00pm | Dr. Carolyn Harley on a new animal model of Alzheimer's Disease that looks at the functions of a brain area implicated in the changes of aging.  This brain area relates to arousal, sleep, and waking and also to learning and memory.

Previous Meetings

Links to previous presentations

Group Conveners:
  • Dr. Sharon Buehler, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University
  • Dr. Gail Wideman, School of Social Work, Memorial University

Publications by Members

The Impact of Relocation on Adults with Mild to Moderate Dementia  (See Page 6) Kelli O’Brien (Western Health), Judith Wells (Western Regional School of Nursing), Darlene Welsh, (Western Health), Carla Wells (Western Regional School of Nursing), and Leslie Cake Memorial University (Grenfell Campus).

Posters from Previous Meetings:

Posters from Meetings January 2012 to May 2013


Link to Group Presentations & Resources on Aging Research


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