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Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging

Our Values


Working with compassion, integrity, and humility to promote an age-positive and age-inclusive culture guided by the needs and interests of diverse older adults.


Establishing intergenerational, interdisciplinary, and cross-sectoral partnerships to build capacity in education and research in the field of aging.


Developing and translating evidence on age-inclusive environments, practices, and policies to improve the health and well-being of older adults, in a sustainable manner.


Being recognized as a valuable hub within our institution, our community, and beyond for catalyzing networks and advancing innovations to better serve the aging population.

Featured Events

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Seniors' Week Research Event

The Centre on Aging will be hosting an event on June 4th in alignment with Calgary Seniors’ Week. Learn about the Centre’s Age-Friendly University work and engage with a diverse group of UCalgary researchers to help shape the future of research on aging.


Featured Research

Green Thumbs Outdoor Gardening Pilot Study

Outdoor environments and activities such as gardening are found to encourage a range of movement, social connection, sensory awareness, and meaning making. Recreation teams responsible for the delivery of activity and leisure programming influence overall rates of physical activity and social opportunities for residents living in continuing care settings. The recreation team at Cambridge Manor, a Brenda Strafford Foundation operated facility in Calgary, offers a meaningful outdoor experience for residents, their caregivers, and staff through the Green Thumbs gardening program.

Researchers gained valuable insights through semi-structured interviews and field observations. The thematic analysis resembled gardening processes: (1) Planting Seeds begins the program where participant choice is the foundation; (2) Connecting to the purpose are the roots in the soil, with links to beauty and fostering a sense of a destination; (3) Sustainable processes for the program include maintaining realistic rituals that could endure through change and disruption, while supporting engagement and remaining adaptable; and (4) Finally, the cultivation (growth) from the program was most clearly identified in a shift in power dynamics between staff and residents. Within the program everyone is a "gardener." A sense of a garden party took hold, where residents and staff were both guest and host, receiving from the garden and gaining a sense of accomplishment. 

This project was supported by the UCalgary Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging and the Brenda Strafford Foundation Chair in Geriatric Medicine. The research team included: Dr. Sonya Jakubec; Dr. Dallas Seitz; Michelle LeBlanc; Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc; and Nicole Baker. 

Lead researcher, Sonya Jakubec, PhD

Lead researcher, Sonya Jakubec, PhD

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