Current research interests include research in health, physical fitness, memory, and social networks.

The following projects involve community-centred research about aging in the Fraser Valley region:

Dance, cognition, and mobility 

 Dancing Project Picture

Researchers: Shelley Canning, nursing; Michael Gaetz, Kinesiology

For six months in 2012, UFV Nursing and Kinesiology researchers explored the benefits for both children and care-home residents involved in an intergenerational dance program in Mission, B.C.  A local ballet school brought its students once a week to the care home for participatory exercises and rehearsals in which the children and seniors learned and practiced movements together.

The research team tested the residents for physiological and cognitive benefits and interviewed the children to explore their experience and attitudes towards their elderly dance partners.

These intergenerational relationships were captured in a documentary film produced by UFV Media and Communication Studies faculty and students:

“They’re not scary!” An intergenerational dance project

Memory and language

Researchers: Anrea Hughes, Lesley Jessiman, Psychology


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