Thursday, June 27, 2013

Trent University Launches New Research Centre for Aging & Society

Centre will help improve the quality of life for the aging population in the City and County of Peterborough and across Canada

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario - Thursday, June 27, 2013 - Trent University is focussing greater attention on issues surrounding the aging population in the City and County of Peterborough and Canada with the creation of a new Centre for Aging & Society.

This innovative and collaborative Centre will bring together a multidisciplinary group of research faculty with common interests in aging studies led by Dr. Stephen Katz, professor of Sociology. Areas of research will include nursing, psychology, geography and culture.

The announcement was made at Trent’s Champlain College during the Seniors Summit as part of Peterborough’s celebrations of Ontario’s Seniors Month.

“I want to congratulate Trent University on the creation of this important new research Centre,” said the Honourable Deb Matthews, minister of Health and Long Term Care. “With our population living longer we need to take steps to ensure our seniors have the best quality of life and can live at home for as long as possible, which is why Ontario's Seniors Strategy is a key part of our Action Plan for Health Care. Trent's research will help us to provide the right care, at the right time and in the right place for our seniors."

“Peterborough has the largest per capita population of older adults in Canada, so it makes sense for Trent to take a leadership role on the issue of aging,” said Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal. “The Centre for Aging & Society will further enhance the University’s world-class reputation as a teaching and research institution.”

“With the expertise and research capabilities at Trent I believe we are well positioned to improve the lives of seniors in a variety of different areas,” said Dr. Steven E. Franklin, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “The Centre of Aging & Society is an important step forward for the University and I applaud all of those involved in making it a reality.”

The Trent Centre for Aging & Society aims to further the academic leadership of its members, and find linkages with other agencies and research units to further the study of aging and old age. To support the educational goals of the Centre, a Master-level graduate course on aging will be introduced. Successful completion of the course will allow Trent graduate students a specialization in aging upon the completion of their program. This specialization will bring further awareness and attention to Canada’s aging population and to the impact an older population will have on all elements of industry, business and society.

The Centre aims to become a hub of community learning with non-credit programs aimed at seniors in the Peterborough area.

The Seniors Summit

Presented by the Peterborough Seniors Planning Table, the Seniors Summit is a day-long event and dinner dedicated to seniors and some of the issues affecting them. The day featured keynote speakers, including the Honourable Deb Matthews, minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and experts from Trent University.

Dr. Mark Skinner presented his talk, “Aging at Home in Canada’s Oldest Municipality - how we can and must foster volunteer-based community support for seniors.” Professor Skinner is an internationally-recognized health geographer who specializes in aging communities.

Also attending the Summit were the Honourable Jeff Leal, minister of Rural Affairs and Peterborough MPP, Peterborough Mayor Daryl Bennett, Peterborough County Warden J. Murray Jones and Dr. Neil Emery, Trent University’s vice-president, Research and International.

About Trent University

One of Canada’s top universities, Trent University is renowned for encouraging the dynamic interplay of research, teaching and learning, which enhance and energize each other in the classroom and beyond.

The University is consistently recognized nationally for faculty who maintain a high level of innovative research activity and a commitment to the individual student. Trent distinguishes itself through excellence in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences as well as professional and graduate programs. Trent is dedicated to preparing students to make significant contributions to an increasingly complex world by providing them with a distinctive liberal arts, science or professionally- focussed education, which is enhanced by global perspectives, experiential learning and interdisciplinary approaches to personal and professional development.

Trent’s Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto.

Together with Trent University Oshawa Thornton Road Campus, Trent draws excellent students from throughout the country and around the world.