Intervention research to look at seniors' health outcomes

January 30, 2014

There is growing divide in health outcomes for people in this province based on where people live.

The differences can be especially pronounced for people such as seniors living in rural areas or Aboriginal seniors in northern communities – groups on which SPHERU has focused much of its work.

To continue our intervention research, SPHERU received a three-year Phase Three Group Grant for $749,335 from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. According to SHRF, the purpose of Phase Three Group Grants is to provide support for groups of researchers to produce high-quality health research, contribute to knowledge translation and build research capacity at a level that would not be possible for individual researchers if they were working on their own.

Bonnie Jeffery, SPHERU researcher and Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina and SPHERU director Nazeem Muhajarine, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan will co-lead the project.

The funding will support SPHERU’s research program, Healthy Aging in Place: Improving Rural and Northern Aboriginal Seniors’ Health through Policy and Community Level Interventions, and will specifically focus on completing three projects:

  1. Improving rural seniors’ mobility and social interaction through intervention research;
  2. Supporting healthy aging through walkable built environment;
  3. Addressing rural seniors’ access to information;

These research projects collectively address the diversity of supports needed for seniors in rural and northern communities and aim to identify, develop and assess effectiveness of interventions to support healthy aging in place.

The research will take place in several rural Saskatchewan communities and will involve collaboration with community partners and policy makers. The understanding gained through this research will enhance the healthy aging experience of seniors in rural and northern communities in the province.


 

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