The following projects involve community-centred research about aging in the Fraser Valley region:
Elders of Abbotsford: An exploration of strengths and issues
This research study was conducted in 2005-2006. The project gathered the opinions and information from elders and stakeholders, in an effort to consider existing programs for elders in Abbotsford. We wanted to find out about successes in the community; how these successes are supported, issues/problems that elders face, and possible solutions to address these issues. View presentation of results.
Researcher: Dr. Adrienne S. Chan, PhD, RSW
Dr. Chan is on faculty with the School of Social Work and Human Services at UCFV. She has worked in the fields of health, mental health, child protection, and family services. She brings perspectives from community advocacy, community development, and adult education. Her research interests include academic culture, institutional culture, narrative methods, educational policy, social policy, social justice, diversity, and anti-racism. She specializes in qualitative methods.
Aging Well in Chilliwack: Listening to Seniors
This study explored seniors’ values and perspectives of health and wellness so that planning and delivery of seniors’ services could better reflect the experiences of community seniors. Participants discussed a number of challenges they felt could impair their health and inhibit their ability to age well; they also discussed how seniors located information and how they accessed services. Based on their knowledge and experiences, participants offered a number of recommendations for improving seniors’ services and for better dissemination of information throughout the community. View presentation of results.
Researcher: Kevin Busswood
Kevin Busswood is the Executive Director of the Chilliwack Social Research and Planning Council (CSRPC) and a faculty member in the Social, Cultural and Media Studies Dept. at UCFV. The CSRPC conducts a variety of research into social issues in Chilliwack. The Council is presently exploring the challenge of creating a "healthy" community for all age groups.