A staff of researchers from UBC and Simon Fraser College (SFU) have acquired $6.8M in funding from the Wholesome Cities Implementation Science (HCIS) Group Grants, together with $3M from the Canadian Institutes of Well being Analysis (CIHR), for his or her analysis that goals to advertise wholesome ageing, by tackling the epidemics of bodily inactivity and loneliness that plague older adults residing in medium- and large-sized cities.
Dr. Heather McKay, a professor within the UBC departments of orthopaedics and household follow and investigator with the Edwin S.H. Leong Wholesome Ageing Program, will lead the mission in collaboration with Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould, scientific affiliate professor within the division of household follow, Dr. Farinaz Havaei, assistant professor within the faculty of nursing (college of utilized science), and Dr. Daybreak Mackey, affiliate professor at SFU’s division of biomedical physiology & kinesiology, in addition to researchers from UBC’s Energetic Ageing Analysis Group.
The staff will adapt the Select to Transfer program, a versatile, scalable community-based program developed by the Energetic Ageing Analysis Group that was proven to enhance bodily exercise, mobility, social isolation and loneliness in older adults. It’s grounded in proof that bodily energetic older adults have higher mobility, and higher psychological and social well being than their inactive friends.
In the course of the previous eight years, the staff scaled-up Select to Transfer to succeed in greater than 6,000 older adults in British Columbia. The brand new funding will enable the staff to broaden the attain of this system to higher serve the wants of extra various teams of adults by supporting community-based seniors’ service organizations, equivalent to not-for-profits and neighbourhood homes.