About Us

Research on Aging, Policies, and Practice (RAPP) is committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of older adults and their families by bridging research, policies, and practice. We focus on:

  • care and support of older adults and adults with chronic illness or disability, 
  • health, social and financial costs incurred by family/friend caregivers, 
  • older adults' contributions and social inclusion, and 
  • age-friendly rural communities. 

We consider the environments in which people live their lives, including family, work, community, and policy contexts. 

Located within the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta, the research centre is led by Dr. Janet Fast and Dr. Norah Keating. Our team collaborates with researchers at other universities and partners with government and community organizations in the conduct of our research, providing an enriching milieu for graduate student education. We are one of a few International Association on Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Collaborating Centres.

Students Say...

  • "I have seen the results of many different kinds of methods being use through this project and it has broadened my outlook."
  • "I have greatly appreciated the wealth of expertise and insight warmly offered to me by other team members."
  • "The HCIC project has set a standard for writing that has guided my work."
  • "Hearing and being part of the sessions at last year's conference really inspired me to both expand my own thinking about my current thesis, and to think about ways that I could contribute to the overall project with my own interests and strengths."
    Conference Attendee
  • “RAPP has given me many opportunities to transcend disciplinary boundaries, to engage with new knowledge, to broaden my skills and my horizons, and to excel both professionally and personally.”