Dr. Janet Fast

Dr. Norah Keating


Co-directed by Dr. Janet Fast and Dr. Norah Keating, RAPP works collaboratively with post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, research staff, and policy and practice partners to provide research evidence and advocate for improved social conditions and a more inclusive society for older adults and adults who have disabilities and their families. RAPP encourages graduate students and junior colleagues to learn about research first hand by providing graduate research assistantships, mentoring, and support.

What’s New?

Diversity among older adults in Rural Canada: Health in Context, a book chapter by Norah Keating and Jacquie Eales, was published by UBC Press November 15th in the book Health in Rural Canada, edited by Judith Kulig and Allison Williams.

Norah Keating, Jacquie Eales and Judith Phillips (Swansea University) recently presented a paper Rethinking Connectivities of Older Rural Adults at the Gerontological Society of America Conference in Boston.

Janet Fast, Donna Lero (University of Guelph) and Karen Duncan (University of Manitoba) recently papers on the economic costs of care at the Statistics Canada Socio-Economic Conference in Gatineau.

Satomi Yoshino successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on the Ethnic Variations on Care of Older Adults in Canada. Congratulations Satomi!

Norah Keating

Dr. Keating is a social gerontologist whose professional life has been devoted to enhancing quality of life of older adults. She has an international reputation for her work in families, liveable communities and care. Her recent work includes editorship of special issues on “Families and Aging in Global Context” (Canadian Journal on Aging, 2015); and on “Ageing and Community” (Journal of Community and Social Psychology, 2014). Her work on social isolation includes a book “From exclusion to inclusion in old age: A global challenge” (with Professor T. Scharf, 2012) and articles on loneliness of older Canadians. She was lead author on the first national report on family/friend caregiving, published by Statistics Canada. Recently she has published a systematic review of the economic costs of family/friend care and is conducting research on assistive technologies to support caregivers.

Dr. Keating is Professor of Rural Ageing, Swansea University; Co-Director of Research on Aging, Policies and Practice at the University of Alberta; and Extraordinary Professor, North-West University, South Africa. As part of her international research and capacity building activities, she directs the International Association on Gerontology and Geriatrics’ (IAGG) Global Social Issues on Ageing. She has served as President of the Alberta Association on Gerontology and the Canadian Association on Gerontology; and as Chair of the North American Region, International Association on Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Dr. Keating is often called on by governments and NGOs to provide evidence to inform social and health policy. Recent consultations include a report on intergenerational relationships for the UK government; and technical advising to the World Health Organization on two initiatives: The World Report on Ageing and Health and Community-based Initiatives to Support Older Adults in Low Income Countries. She has worked with the Government of Canada on its’ national campaign to reduce loneliness and social exclusion of older adults. She recently chaired a presidential symposium entitled Envisioning Long Term Care at the Gerontological Society of America Conference (2016), and was a keynote speaker at the Congress of the Africa Region of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics on Setting Agendas for Long Term Care Systems in Africa.