National Initiative for Care of the Elderly (University of Toronto) telephone research about mistreatment of older adults ages 55+

Meals on Wheels of Fredericton – Nutrition Screening Program

Exploring the Impact of Cancer on Mental Health: Seniors’ Experiences and Perspectives
Sponsoring Organization: The British Columbia Psychogeriatric Association (BCPGA). Project objectives: (1) To bring together aging, seniors’ mental health and cancer communities to form a national expert working group (2) To gather information from seniors about their experiences of cancer. (3)To develop resources for seniors and care providers about the challenges that the cancer experience pose to seniors’ mental health (4) To disseminate a Seniors-to-Seniors pamphlet and Report to Care Providers nationally.

Seniors Resource Centre of Newfoundland & Labrador – Service Provider’s Guide to Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse Project – “Protect Yourself And Your Property: A Guide For Savvy Seniors”
Explains how to recognize various forms of physical, financial and psychological abuse and forms of identity theft commonly inflicted upon seniors. Readers gain advice on how to handle and reject fraudsters and scam artists who telephone, post letters, use emails or knock at the door to access their ‘targets’. Researched and published by The Third Age Centre (TAC) in 2005 under the leadership of Dr. Dorothy MacKeracher; with funding assistance from the National Crime Prevention Centre of the Department of Justice Canada and the Solicitor General Canada.

ASHRA or CURA Project: The Third Age Centre is a ‘collaborator’ on the Community University Research Alliance project titled “Projecting the Housing Needs of Aging Atlantic Canadians. This is a five-year project, and the Third Age Centre is the Chair for N.B. community organizations. This project brings together seniors, academics, community activists, service providers, governments and developers from the Atlantic region to look at what seniors housing should be developed for the period 2009 to 2029.

CCL Project: The Third Age Centre is a participant with others on the new Atlantic Learning Knowledge Centre established under the aegis of the Canadian Council on Learning at the University of New Brunswick. This is a five-year project and should develop opportunities for seniors’ continuing education.

CATALIST: Canadian Health Network Project in partnership with CATALIST (the Canadian Network for Third Age Learning), provided a research opportunity for the Third Age Centre. This project has just been completed. Seniors’ reactions, education, advice and suggestions were pursued through survey research, focus groups, etc. in order to improve seniors’ access to information on the CHN website.

Elder Abuse: Research for training materials development and application, and training of seniors as trainers for a series of Elder Abuse Workshops. A subsequent grant will fund the updating of these materials after Spring 2004.

Fredericton Task Force on Seniors: Funded by Health Canada, via the City of Fredericton, in partnership with the City and the province. An extensive inquiry into how to enhance City planning for quality of life for increasing numbers of older adults led to 89 recommendations for policy enhancements and changes. Sheila Laidlaw was project coordinator.

Senior Friendly Communities: Funded by the Canadian Association on Gerontology via TAC. Dr Dorothy MacKeracher led the research.
Older Women’s Experience of Widowhood: Funded by Health Canada via TAC. Dr Deborah van den Hoonaard led the research.

Other research projects for which TAC (i) was involved with planning and developing partnered grant submissions and (ii) then managed the NB component of the project activities:

Seniors Bridging the Medication Awareness Gap in Atlantic Canada: Funded by Health Canada via PEI Senior Citizens’ Federation.

Support for Informal Caregivers: Funded by Health Canada via Nova Scotia Centre on Aging.