The Effect of Visual Art in a Transitional Care Setting

Research team: Dr. Alison Phinney (UBC NURS), Shelley Canning (CERA & UFV NURS), Lillian Hung (UBC NURS)

Contact: or 

This study was conducted in 2015 exploring the impact of an art installation created by students at Emily Carr University for a Fraser Health transitional care. The residents’ perspectives of the art were explored through go-along interviews. The impact of the art on resident place-making and way-finding was examined.



The Impact of Participating in an Intergenerational Dance Therapy Program on Elders in Residential Care and School Children Participants.

Research team: Shelley Canning (CERA & UFV NURS), Dr. Michael Gaetz (UFV KIN), Darren Blakeborough (CERA & UFV MACS)


For six months in 2012, UFV Nursing and Kinesiology researchers explored the benefits for both children and long-term care home residents participating in an inter-generational dance program in Mission, B.C. 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 led by Darren Blakeborough (CERA, UFV MACS). For more information or to arrange a showing of this documentary, contact or

Funding and support for this interdisciplinary project (involving Nursing, Kinesiology, and Media and Communications Studies departments) was provided by the UFV Centre for Education and Research on Aging SSHRC Aid for Small Universities grant.


The Effects of Strength and Balance Training on Cognitive and Physical Functioning in Elderly Residential Care Patients.

Research team: Dr. Michael Gaetz (UFV KIN), Shelley Canning (CERA & UFV NURS), Adrienne Sim (Fraser Health)


This research project included an enthusiastic team of Kinesiology and Nursing students leading twice weekly exercise classes at a long-term care home in Abbotsford in 2011-2012. The exercise classes focused on strength and balance training. Pre, mid, and post assessment findings indicated a slower decline in balance for the intervention group when compared to the control group.


Mobility Scooter Research Project


The UFV Centre for Education and Research on Aging (CERA), in collaboration with the Scooter Working Group of the City of Abbotsford, conducted a research project on the use of mobility scooters in the eastern Fraser Valley region. The overall purpose of the research project is to develop a set of recommendations and draft guidelines that will provide the basis for establishing an appropriate policy framework and educational programs in the area of mobility scooter use. 

Read the Final Report here. Or check out a helpful Scooter+appendix.pdf with ScooterSmart tips.


Elders of Abbotsford: An exploration of strengths and issues


This research study was conducted in 2005-2006. The project gathered the opinions and information from elders and stakeholders, in an effort to consider existing programs for elders in Abbotsford. We wanted to find out about successes in the community; how these successes are supported, issues/problems that elders face, and possible solutions to address these issues.  

Aging Well in Chilliwack: Listening to Seniors

Contact: UFV Research Office

This study explored seniors’ values and perspectives of health and wellness so that planning and delivery of seniors’ services could better reflect the experiences of community seniors. Participants discussed a number of challenges they felt could impair their health and inhibit their ability to age well; they also discussed how seniors located information and how they accessed services.  Based on their knowledge and experiences, participants offered a number of recommendations for improving seniors’ services and for better dissemination of information throughout the community.

Twitter Facebook Linkedin Flikr UFV on Google+ YouTube goUFV