Over the next 20 years, the number of senior citizens in Canada is expected to grow by 68 per cent. In fact, it is estimated that one in four Canadians will be 65 years or older by 2030. As Canada Research Chair in Healthy Aging, Dr. Catherine Bigonnesse is exploring the impact of social policy on older adults’ health in provinces that are facing challenges as a result of population aging.
She and her research team aim to support the development of evidence-based healthy aging policies in the Atlantic provinces by using interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral, participatory processes. They are also developing policy analysis tools to help decision-makers better understand the impact of public policies on the aging population. In particular, they are focusing on advancing research areas in need of major reforms, such as senior housing, community-based support services and home care.