Our aging population is one of the greatest triumphs of health care and social reform over the last century. Canada is now among a host of ‘greying nations,’ whose older citizens may live 30+ years past the ‘traditional’ retirement age of 65. But population aging also poses some challenges for Canadians. For many, living longer is accompanied by increased chronic disease and the need for care. The demands on our health and social care systems are growing. The Active Aging Research Team is responding to these needs by finding solutions to support us all to live independent, active, and connected lives.

AART is grateful to the Indigenous peoples and communities of the traditional and unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, on which we live and work. In addition to the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh Nations, there are eight First Nations with longstanding relationships to the land we refer to as Metro Vancouver. These include Hwlitsum, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Sto:lo (Matsqui, Kwantlen), Qayqayt, Semiahmoo, and Tsawwassen. AART's activities take place on Indigenous lands throughout British Columbia and beyond.
As descendants of uninvited settlers, immigrants, and as guests on this land, AART commits to listen and learn about what it means to operate on unceded territory, and to recognize the past and ongoing injustice to Indigenous peoples. We commit to meaningfully incorporate this learning into our work, and opportunities for reconciliation as we look ahead.

finding innovative ways to add life to years for all older people

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