Linda Garcia (University of Ottawa)


Current Activity
My personal research interests focus on the impact of physical, social, technological and clinical environments on the quality of life of individuals with neurological disorders, especially dementia. I am interested in developing interventions that include approaches based on human interactions, especially in long-term care living environments.

As the director of the LIFE Research Institute, I am interesting in creating synergies with nonacademic partners and partners from various faculties to solve complex problems related to aging – not only the aged.

Areas of Interest

  • Age-friendly communities
  • Chronic disease and aging
  • Caregiver support and education
  • Housing (Staying at “home”, retirement homes, assisted living, long term care)
  • Isolation
  • Normal aging
  • Policy
  • Socialization and participation
  • Dementia

Approaches to Innovation

  • Policy
  • Population-based approaches
  • Quality improvement
  • Integrated models of community/services delivery
  • Technology and aging


  • SHKN
  • Champlain Dementia Network
  • Virtual reality

Student Mentorship
Interested in supervision:

  • Master’s students
  • PhD students
  • Older adults pursuing higher education