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Dr. Kristen Jacklin founded the Indigenous Cognition & Aging Awareness Research Exchange (I-CAARE) in 2015. Click here for more information.
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AGE-WELL NCE (Aging Gracefully across Environments to Ensure Well-being, Engagement and Long Life NCE Inc.) is a national research network in technology and aging.  AGE WELL NCE is a five year federally funded initiative with the aim of helping older adults in Canada maintain their independence, improve quality of life, and enhance social participation through accessible technologies. 

The Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration and Aging (CCNA) was launched in 2014 by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). It is a hub for research involving neurodegenerative diseases that affect cognition in aging (like dementia or Alzheimer’s). CCNA teams are located across the country, each with their own independent research program. 

CRaNHR, based at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, conducts interdisciplinary research in the areas of rural and northern health.  CRaNHR staff and affiliated investigators conduct various projects with the aim of improving health services, access to health care, and enhancing understanding of the health care system.

A department of Health Canada, First Nations & Inuit Health, Home and Community Care works with First Nations and Inuit communities to develop home and community care services to assist people living with chronic and acute illnesses.  Examples of this type of care include nursing care, in home respite, and personal care services such as bathing.

The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) leads cutting-edge studies that evaluate health care delivery and outcomes. ICES researchers access a vast and secure array of Ontario’s health-related data, including population-based health surveys, anonymous patient records, as well as clinical and administrative databases. ICES goes to great lengths to protect privacy and is recognized as an international leader in maintaining the privacy and security of health information

The Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health (IAPH) fosters the advancement of a national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada, through research, knowledge translation and capacity building. The Institute's pursuit of research excellence is enhanced by respect for community research priorities and Indigenous knowledge, values and cultures.

Situated in northern Ontario, Laurentian University offers a variety of courses in their Sudbury and Barrie campuses. 

 

The University of Minnesota's Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team is focused on Vascular Dementia in tribal communities. Led by Dr. Neil Henderson, the team, based on the Medical School's Duluth Campus will work to preserve brain health by the improved understanding of dementia and diabetes as an interactive syndemic. The logic in naming the project the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team is significant. In Native American culture, memory keepers are traditionally adults and elders of the tribe who are responsible for preserving sacred medicine bundles, sacred songs, and stories. By prevention and aggressive management of diabetes, the risk of vascular and other dementias that rob people of their memory can be reduced. In this spirit, the research to preserve brain health will enable Native American communities to continue to benefit from the wisdom of their adults and elders. Because rural populations are also plagued by dementia and diabetes, the Medical Discovery Team will develop interventions and research to meet the challenges of health disparities among people living their lives far from the resources of urban population centers.

NOSM, a collaboration between Lakehead and Laurentian Universities, is committed to the high quality education of physicians and health professionals.  With faculties in Thunder Bay and Sudbury, NOSM provides students with a better understanding of work in Northern Ontario communities.

RADAR - Rural Dementia Action Research Project

The Rural Dementia Action Research (RaDAR) Team is an interdisciplinary group of knowledge users and researchers from three Canadian provinces (SK, AB, ON) and the UK, led by Dr. Debra Morgan and our goal is to improve primary healthcare delivery to people with mild cognitive impairment and dementia and their caregivers in rural and remote communities. We see a critical need for improved primary healthcare delivery to rural populations, which have a higher proportion of seniors than cities, but fewer primary healthcare, specialist, and support services available and accessible locally.

Rural Dementia Action Research (RaDAR) investigators have a team research program as well as affiliated studies and projects focusing on the diagnosis, management, and care of individuals with dementia, and their caregivers.

Western Australia Centre for Healthy Ageing

There is a disparity between the health of Indigenous Australians and non-Indigneous Australians. Consequently this has lead to a 14 years difference in life expectancy. Researchers at the Western Australia Centre for Healthy Ageing have been working in partnership with Indigenous Australians to find out how to age well. Their groundbreaking work has led to the development of the first cognitive assessment and depression screening tool for older, remote living, Indigenous Australians, the Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA).

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