Patient and Community Engagement Research

Reports and Publications


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2. Additional Publications


Grey Matters: A Guide to Collaborative Research with Seniors

This study marks a major step in making collaboration between seniors, academic researchers, and community researchers a reality. Many aging adults are motivated to undertake research projects in later life or even return to university after retirement. Grey Matters is the result of a pilot project developed to study the effectiveness of collaborative research involving seniors. Because the project was such a success, the authors were encouraged to make their model available both to seniors interested in undertaking their own research and to those hoping to involve seniors in collaborative research. This guide provides a helpful framework for making the most of research projects by and with seniors, including sections on such techniques as narrative interviews, focus groups, and surveys. Grey Matters is the first Open Access book published by the University of Calgary Press.

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About the Authors

Nancy Marlett is the Lead faculty member for PACER. She is also Director of Community Rehabilitation & Disability Studies at the University of Calgary - an interdisciplinary unit of the Faculty of Education. Dr. Marlett's research interests include the development of research models and program evaluation that facilitate shared expertise and new forms of knowledge.

Claudia Emes is a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Her areas of expertise are adapted physical activity for children and adolescents with special needs, wellness and exercise for seniors, and curriculum design and learner-centred education