Research at IALH

Healthy aging is a life-long process that is influenced by a wide range of biological, psychological, social, environmental, geographical, and cultural factors. Faculty and undergraduate and graduate students from 19 departments at UVic are formally affiliated with IALH. Collectively, they conduct research in several areas, including, but not limited to: healthy lifestyles; brain health; digital health; aging in place; health equity; health service organization and delivery; and knowledge translation.

The following is a list of some examples of projects currently being conducted by IALH researchers:

  • a large 20-year multi-site longitudinal study being conducted across Canada to better understand factors affecting the health and well-being of individuals 45 years of age and older;
  • studies exploring the effects of vascular changes, concussions, and neurological conditions (e.g., multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias) on the aging process;
  • studies exploring the use of technology (e.g., mobile health apps, assistive devices, virtual care) to positively affect people’s behaviour, functioning, quality of life, and health;
  • studies examining the impact of the arts (e.g., theatre performances, community-based choirs) on individuals with dementia and their caregivers; and
  • studies looking at the availability, quality, and impact of health services on frail, vulnerable and marginalized populations.