This is a call to those who believe that approaching aging through the lens of possibility will lead to momentous change.

As Canadian society experiences a significant demographic shift, and new perspectives on aging are needed more now than ever before, Trent’s role as a leader in interdisciplinary aging studies is undoubtedly essential. 

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Advancing Intergenerational Learning and Living 

Communities across the globe are experiencing rapid population aging.

In fact, the number of older persons worldwide is projected to more than double over the next 30 years, according to the United Nations. Our changing demographics require new ways of thinking and doing and leaders who can draw from a range of disciplines to address new challenges. 

Trent’s expertise in fields such as nursing, psychology, kinesiology, and Indigenous Studies, as well as our expertise on aging in the Trent Centre for Aging & Society, culminates in globally significant research on aging, gaining us international recognition as an age-friendly university. 

With your support, Trent can become a campus of care, bolster experiential learning opportunities, and attract world-class scholars to develop new best practices in senior care and respond to the opportunities and challenges of population aging. Trent’s envisioned University-Integrated Seniors Village will be a catalyst for change in our approach to aging, bringing generations together in a campus of care.

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"The University-Integrated Seniors Village initiative offers compelling evidence that Trent is keeping pace with the demographic changes that are occurring in Canada and globally with respect to the aging population."

Dr. Bharati Sethi
Canada Research Chair in Care Work, Ethnicity, Race and Aging 

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Shall we dance? Momentous Arts-based aging research shares joyful collaboration

A project that Trent’s Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Mark Skinner, describes as one of the most impactful, important, and fun community-engaged projects he has been involved in is celebrating a new milestone.

The Improving Social Inclusion for Canadians with Dementia and their Carers through Sharing Dance project brought together an interdisciplinary team of researchers, dance instructors, older adults, and community partners, to explore how an innovative dance program for people living with dementia in their carers benefited from improved social inclusion.  

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