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Older Adult Research
Inclusive Communities for Older Immigrants (ICOI): Developing multi-level, multi-component interventions to reduce social isolation and promote connectedness among older immigrants in Canada

Our Inclusive Communities for Older Immigrants (ICOI) partnership will engage in a 7-year multidisciplinary, multi-sector, multi-province project that will build sustainable connections to generate knowledge about social isolation and connectedness among older immigrants, support multidirectional knowledge exchange, and improve older immigrants' lives. 

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Strategies for relational best practices involving older persons in long-term care during COVID-19: Exploring the perspectives of formal and informal carers

It is critical to understand how best to support older persons and their care during the pandemic in a variety of care settings. It is also important to understand how to support the health and wellbeing of healthcare providers and family members who are caring for older persons during this crisis. ​The purpose of this study is to understand, how best to support relational care of older people in pandemic times across a variety of care settings. 

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Developing a comprehensive understanding of elder abuse prevention in immigrant communities

Through conducting structured group interviews with older women and men who have experienced abuse, family members, and formal and informal leaders from immigrant communities, and social and settlement service providers in the Greater Toronto Area this project will: first, develop a comprehensive classification of risk factors for elder abuse in immigrant communities and, second, identify the most appropriate and culturally relevant strategies to address the risk factors in immigrant communities in Canada.

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Suicide Response: Partnering to develop prevention strategies in the Tamil immigrant community

This project will: (1) explore the social, political, and economic factors associated with the recent suicide crisis in the Tamil community; (2) examine the lived experience of family members, and/ or friends of suicide or self - harm victims or those at risk of self - harm or suicide; (3) collect input from families, service providers, and community leaders regard ing strategies to prevent suicides; and (4) contribute toward the develop ment of effective strategies to prevent future suicides among individuals at risk by communicating the study findings to decision-makers

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Aging Well: Partnering to optimize social network and support for older immigrants in Ontario

This multidisciplinary, cross-sector project seeks to clarify older immigrants' social needs, networks and support, and how these shape their capacity, resilience, and independence in aging well in Ontario. To do this, we will strengthen and leverage the research team's existing collaborations and build new partnerships among academics and community agencies serving older immigrant adults across Ontario.

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Strength In Unity

A project funded by Movember, Strength in Unity is the first comprehensive anti-stigma intervention project among Asian communities in Canada.  We mobilize Asian youth and men from Asian communities in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver to become Community Mental Health Ambassadors (CMAs) and to address the stigma of mental illness in their communities. 


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Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Sri Lanka

Through a Canada-Sri Lanka research partnership, the project will identify gaps in knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as best practices to address IPV in healthcare delivery in Sri Lanka. The project will help raise awareness about IPV among healthcare, community, and policy stakeholders, and develop a strong IPV prevention and treatment network.

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Creating a User-Centric Toolkit for Service Providers to Address Elder Abuse in Immigrant Communities in Ontario
This project will address elder abuse among immigrants in Ontario, building on our team’s strong partnerships and extensive work in the area of immigrant wellbeing. We have two primary aims. First, we will identify key risk factors for elder abuse at the micro (individual and family), meso (community), and macro (societal) levels, and the culturally acceptable strategies to address them, among Arabic speaking communities in Ontario.

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