We engage community partners, government stakeholders, other researchers and older adults themselves as authentic partners in the research process.

The central tenet of our programs of research is linking scholars from across disciplines, government and community stakeholders to solve some of the most urgent problems of our day – enhancing the lives of older people. Settings for this work span home, community, assisted living, residential and end of life care.


An evidence-based initiative that aims to enhance the health, mobility and social connectedness of older adults in British Columbia through physical activity and falls and falls-related injury prevention.

The Arbutus Greenway is a 9 km multi-modal active transportation corridor currently undergoing phased development. The planned completion date is 2020.


Prolonging active and independent living for the aging demographic has been highlighted as an essential strategy for enhancing quality of life, promoting physical health and reducing dependency on the health care system. The Active Aging Research Team has conducted research studies investigating the impacts of the built environment and older adult health and well-being.

Understanding how engagement in physical activity shapes men's perception of and relationship with their health.

Research on the intersections between physical mobility, the built environment, social interactions and how these factors impact health.

This project evaluated how the built and social environments are associated with older adult mobility - the physical capacity to walk or move within communities.

Features of the built environment may have an effect on whether older adults are able to walk outside.


Delivering health promotion programming to hundreds of schools across the province.

ASAP-Jr evaluated how different neighbourhoods shape children and youth’s physical activity habits, transportation choices, and ultimately their health.

Led by Dr. Heather McKay, Healthy Bones is the world’s largest study on bone health in children and adolescents.

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