Research

The GERO Research Team is currently involved in multiple projects, all focused on older adults in a variety of areas. These projects include studies that investigate; The working relationships between residential care aides’(RCAs) in long-term care (RCA’s Workplace Relationships), the role of extended-hours adult day centres in supporting people with dementia and their family caregivers in the community, the complexities of how care is negotiated in long-term residential care (RLTC) facilities (the IDEAL Study), the experience of older adults using cannabis for the first time, the complexities of how care is negotiated in long-term residential care (RLTC) facilities (the IDEAL Study), how visual art made for a health care environment can create a sense of meaningful place for older patients and be an inspiring experience for the artist (Making Art for Making Place Study), how community-based programming can be used to help people with dementia remain active and engaged citizens (Social Citizenship in Dementia), and how to better support family members of residents living in RLTC facilities ( the SENSE study)

Our past projects include studies that have involved; The patient experience of and recovery from a minimally-invasive heart procedure (the TAVI Study, AWAKE Study and HEARTS Study), the development, implementation and evaluation of a specialized evidence-based nursing care program for older adults in hospitals (the GET Study), the structure and activities of Family Councils in RLTC facilities in BC ( Family Council Study) and gaining contextualized understanding of older men’s experiences of mobility in their everyday activities.