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

The Aging Well project (2017-2021) sought to improve our current understanding of older immigrants' social needs, networks and support, and how these shape their capacity, resilience, and independence in aging well in Ontario. Our project built on existing literature and our own work, and addressed gaps in knowledge, policy, and practice. 

The project consisted of three phases:

  • Phase 1 focused on strengthening academic-community partnerships through stakeholder meetings at each site.

  • Phase 2 explored older immigrants' preferred, and actual, informal and formal networks, model of delivery (for example, the use of technology), and frequency of support used/preferred/accessed, and perceptions of mutual exchange and conflict within such networks.

  • Phase 3 identified and improved our understanding of the gaps between older immigrants' needs and available services

Partner organizations

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London site:

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The London site investigated the effectiveness and limitations of its social services for Spanish-speaking and Arabic-speaking immigrants.

For more information about the results of the London site, please contact:

Prof. Bharati Sethi

London Site Lead

Associate Professor, King's University College, University of Western Ontario Phone: (519)-661-2111 x 4553

Email: bsethi3@uwo.ca

Ottawa site:

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The Ottawa site investigated the effectiveness and limitations of its social services for Spanish-speaking and Arabic-speaking immigrants.

For more information about the results of the Ottawa site, please contact:

Prof. Denise Spitzer

Ottawa Site Lead

Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Email: spitzer@ualberta.ca

Toronto site:

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The Toronto site investigated the effectiveness and limitations of its social services for Spanish-speaking, Arabic-speaking, as well as Mandarin-speaking immigrants.

For more information about the results of the Toronto site, please contact:

Prof. Sepali Guruge

Toronto Site Lead, Principal Investigator

Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University Phone: (416)-979-5000 x 554964

Email: sguruge@ryerson.ca

Waterloo site:

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The Waterloo site investigated the effectiveness and limitations of its social services for Spanish- and Mandarin-speaking immigrants. 

For more information about the results of the Waterloo site, please contact:

Prof. Margaret Walton-Roberts

Waterloo Site Lead

Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University

Phone: (226)-772-3138

Email: mwaltonroberts@wlu.ca