In celebration of National Carers Day this year, RAPP was involved in several knowledge mobilization activities: an online symposium on Technology That Cares organized by HUDDOL; co-creation of educational materials with Carers Canada on the importance of health and social connections; an infographic and research brief on Designing Assistive Technology that Cares; an article on Technology's impact 'mixed' for unpaid caregivers; and two videos co-created with caregivers, for caregivers on the importance of getting connected sooner rather than later in their care journeys - We Are All Caregivers and #FindYourRon.


The article social consequences of family care of adults: a scoping review co-authored by Norah Keating and Jacquie Eales was one of the top 5 published articles in 2017 in the International Journal of Care and Caring!  Check it out in volume 1 (2), pages 153-173.


Congratulations to Norah Keating who was awarded an IAGG Presidential Award at the 2017 World Congress in San Francisco! The award recognizes Keating's outstanding career spent enhancing the quality of life of older adults, providing evidence to inform social and health policy for governments and NGOs, and building capacity around the world to address the social issues of ageing.

Janet Fast debunks myth about older workers and technology. Being older not the main reason some Canadian workers struggle with technology. Our study shows it's more about income, education, and opportunity.

Megan Strickfaden and Jacquie Eales facilitated a discussion of Living Spaces: Policy Supports and Barriers in Alberta as part of networking events organized by the Institute of Continuing Care Education and Research (ICCER) in Edmonton (Apr 4, 2018) and Calgary (April 16, 2018). A participant wrote: "Excellent discussion and helpful, concrete takeways to make a difference in our communities."

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. Drawing on Human Ecology Theory, we consider the environments in which people live their lives, including family, work, community, and policy contexts. We focus on:

  • care and support of older adults and adults with chronic illness or disability, 
  • health, social, employment, and financial consequences experienced by family/friend caregivers, 
  • older adults' contributions and social inclusion, and
  • age-friendly environments and creating liveable spaces that enhance older persons' well-being through design.

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."
  • "Involvement in this research 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."
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  • “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.”