Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Person-Centred Interventions for Older Adults with Multimorbidity and their Caregivers do?

Coping with several chronic conditions like diabetes, dementia and stroke can be challenging as we age. Finding better ways for older adults (and their caregivers) to manage their multiple chronic conditions (MCC) while living at home, is at the heart of what the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) Person-Centred Interventions for Older Adults with Multimorbidity does. The CRC also aims to improve access to healthcare, quality of life and health outcomes for these older patients while reducing the demand for expensive health services like hospital admissions.


What is the impact of the CRC research?

CRC research leads to health system impacts by promoting improved self-management of chronic diseases, leading to reductions in the number and frequency of high cost, on-demand services like visits to Emergency Departments. The research impacts individuals through interventions that can improve the health-related quality of life of both older adults with MCC and their informal caregivers.

Please visit the Impact section to read more on how the CRC in Aging is helping to improve care for older Canadians.


What are community-based interventions?

By community-based interventions we mean actions taken in the community to improve medical conditions. Interventions may be simple, like a technique that provides health information. They may also be complex, like a multipronged program that is designed to support the improved self-management of chronic disease. Community-based interventions are delivered by front line providers who are already working locally. The intervention sites may include clinics, home, senior centres or other community spaces.


What organizations does the CRC partner with?

Some of our many partners include: Canadian Nurses Association, Regional Geriatric Programs, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA), Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton and Halton, Dementia Alliance, Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and VON Canada.

Please visit the Partners page for a complete list.


What is the role of a CRC trainee?

Through participatory learning, CRC trainees develop the research skills they need to further their learning and career objectives. CRC students are encouraged to actively contribute to all aspects of CRC research so that they may assist in furthering knowledge about strategies to promote community-based optimal aging.


What activities do students participate in?

In addition to completing their own projects, trainees have opportunities to contribute to other CRC research activities, participate in grant applications and present at seminars and conferences. There are opportunities to engage with community stakeholders, including patients, caregivers, decision-makers, and front line providers during regularly scheduled knowledge transfer (KT) events.


How are CRC students funded?

Limited funding is available through Tri-Council’s Canada Research Chairs program. Trainees will be mentored and supported in their efforts to secure funding from external agencies.

Please visit the Student Opportunities section for more details.


Who can apply to be a CRC student?

Current opportunities exist for Master of Science (MSc), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and 4th year thesis to complete projects on community-based optimal aging. A  Postdoctoral Fellowship is being offered to a researcher with skills in statistics and pragmatic research design to contribute existing and emerging projects. If you are interested, please email us!


How to contact Dr. Markle-Reid:


Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext. 22306


Twitter: @CRC_Aging

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