RAPP is committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of older adults and their families by bridging research, policies and practice. Using primary and secondary data and applying various research methodologies, we develop relevant and meaningful outcomes through an integrated research process with stakeholders. We aim to advance our conceptual understanding, generate knowledge, integrate findings across disciplines, and translate research to policy and practice.

We are a proven leader in research on:

  • care and support of older adults and adults with chronic illness or disability
  • social, employment, financial and health consequences family/friend caregivers experience
  • social participation
  • social inclusion
  • age-friendly communities.


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.”

Current research projects

Understanding Caregivers' Needs

With funding from AGE-WELL, Canada's technology and aging network, we are:

  • deepening our understanding of the health, social and financial consequences family/friend caregivers experience
  • assessing the potential for Assistive Technologies (AT) to meet family/friend caregivers' needs, including compiling and evaluating existing AT products and services for family/friend caregivers (precident-based analysis)
  • understanding the Information and Communication Technology (digital literacy) skills of older workers and family/friend caregivers. ICT literacy and the role of assistive technology in helping older workers
  • conducting a feasibility study to collect evidence about employers' and their carer-employees' experiences with and beliefs about how ATs can help them integrate, manage or balance paid work and care work roles. Connecting Working Caregivers Project Summary
  • contributing to the development of Huddol, the first cross-disease, cross-platform, social health network that aims to help family and friend caregivers connect with each other and health care professionals.
  • mobilizing knowledge by co-creating with older adults several illustrated short films that reflect a common problem older persons may experience and designed things as potential solutions




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Transitions and Impact on Later Life (TRAILL)

With funding from the Kule Institute for Advanced Study, we are:

  • conceptualizing and examining empirically family transitions (such as caring for adults with long term health conditions) across the life course 
  • testing the capacity of Canadian data to understand how family life course transitions in caregiving and marital unions/partnerships affect older adults' health, wealth and happiness