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AFC Webinar – Rural age-friendly communities in the 2020s: Insights from Trent University
October 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
A series of projects led by Elizabeth McCrillis and conducted by the Rural Aging Research Team at Trent University examines rural age-friendly initiatives and the factors that may help or hinder their sustainability. Age-friendly initiatives seek to help communities become more accessible to and inclusive of their aging population, however our research has demonstrated that rural initiatives are often challenged by limited human and financial resources. To explore this, we undertook a series of studies involving in-depth interviews with 92 age-friendly stakeholders, each exploring rural age-friendly implementation and sustainability. Our initial study put forward a model of emergent challenges and opportunities to sustaining age-friendly initiatives, followed by a series of projects to further develop the concept of age-friendly sustainability. Outcomes of this research will be shared, including suggested implications for age-friendly communities programs as we enter the 2020s and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elizabeth McCrillis, M.Sc., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Trent Centre for Aging & Society at Trent University, Ontario, Canada. She teaches psychology courses in aging, health, qualitative research methods and the history of psychology, and supervises undergraduate and graduate students studying the psychology of aging and applied health psychology topics more broadly. Her research is focused on the sustainability of rural age-friendly communities programs, having worked in collaboration with communities in various Canadian provinces who have implemented age-friendly programs. Her research takes a collaborative, interdisciplinary and community-based approach to studying a variety of aging and health topics focused within rural communities.