RAPP encourages graduate students and junior colleagues to learn about research first hand by providing graduate research assistantships, mentoring, and support. Our alumni are employed in ageing-related policy units, organizations and programs for older adults, and academia.
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. She is currently the Director of the Global Social Issues on Ageing, an initiative of the International Association on Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG).
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 is working with the Government of Canada on its’ national campaign to reduce loneliness and social exclusion of older adults, recently meeting with the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
One of Dr. Strickfaden’s current research interests are on material culture, design and disability studies, including designing liveable spaces that enhance older adults’ well-being, particularly those persons living with dementia. She is the only researcher in the world who has been allowed to research De Hogeweyk (known as the dementia village) in the Netherlands. She is part of collaborative teams that involve researchers from the University of Alberta and international institutions as well as graduate and undergraduate students.
The work of the RAPP program is supported by Jacquie Eales who has been the RAPP Research Manager for over two decades. She brings to RAPP a background in speech-language pathology (BSc, MSc) with a special focus on aging and communication disorders. In an aging society, her interests are centred around creating a ‘best-fit’ between older adults and the social, physical and community environments in which they live, and in the impact of social policies on older adults and their family/friend caregivers. She fosters collaborative relationships among researchers, policy and practice partners and students who work together to meet the objectives of RAPP research projects. She enjoys translating research knowledge to facilitate the uptake by policy, practice, and community partners. She makes a meaningful difference in her community through the Greater Edmonton Foundation (GEF) Seniors Housing Board of Directors and Age-Friendly Edmonton 2.0 Leadership Table.