Aging, Centre on
- Informal and formal caregiving
By 2020, fully 25 per cent of Canada's population will be over the age of 60.
For sociologist Dr. Neena Chappell, this isn't new.
Over the last 35 years, Dr. Chappell has been a leader in gerontological research, focusing on issues around aging, care giving and health and social policy.
She is internationally known for her work on home care, supporting the case for government expansion in this area to provide more efficient and appropriate health care for an aging society. In her upcoming book on the subject, Dr. Chappell argues that not only would such a system benefit older adults, but it could also be cost effective.
Dr. Chappell has done groundbreaking research on the extent and importance of informal support for seniors, including several cross-national studies on family provision of care to older adults when their health deteriorates.
Of particular interest to her are attitudes and beliefs towards providing care, among Chinese communities in Canada, Hong Kong and mainland China, as well as among Canadians.
She has established two world-class university-based research centres on aging, one at the University of Manitoba and one here at the University of Victoria.
In her research and in the classroom, Dr. Chappell argues for recognition of the positive aspects of aging as well as recognition of the problems and challenges. Her students see much of her research and she is always bringing in a story or two from the field.
Dr. Chappell has been the Canada Research Chair in Social Gerontology since 2001 and is currently immediate past-president of the Canadian Association on Gerontology and President, Academy II (Social Sciences) of the Royal Society of Canada.
Dr. Chappell's Faces of UVic Research video: http://youtu.be/wlJjHJ4XJao