Rural Aging Research Program
Based at Trent University, in one of Canada’s most rapidly aging rural regions, the Canada Research Chair in Rural Aging, Health and Social Care program is a catalyst for building new knowledge, collaborations and capacity aimed at better understanding and informing how rural communities are responding to population aging.
Featuring community-based research projects across Canada and internationally, Dr. Mark Skinner and his team are looking to uncover the ways in which older residents, volunteers, service providers, community leaders and policy makers are adapting, often in innovative ways, to the challenges and opportunities of aging rural communities.
The unique emphasis Dr. Skinner’s CRC program is on developing rural insights into the important and increasingly precarious role of volunteers and voluntary organizations in supporting aging in place and in sustaining aging communities into the 21st Century.
Who we are
Dr. Mark Skinner
Mark Skinner, Ph.D., is Dean of Social Sciences at Trent University, where he also holds appointments as Canada Research Chair in Rural Health, Aging and Social Care, and Professor of Geography in the Trent School of the Environment. A leading rural aging scholar, Mark was the founding director of the interdisciplinary Trent Centre for Aging & Society. Follow Mark's research on Google Scholar. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Amber Colibaba, M.A., is Coordinator of Trent University’s Canada Research Chair in Rural Health, Aging and Social Care program and Research Associate at the Trent Centre for Aging & Society. Amber graduated with the Collaborative Specialization in Aging Studies from the Masters of Arts in Sustainability Studies program at Trent University. Email - email@example.com
Improving Social Inclusion through Sharing Dance
Led by Dr. Mark Skinner (Trent University) and Dr. Rachel Herron (Brandon University), an innovative collaboration with Canada’s National Ballet School is building new knowledge and arts-based research capacity into the potential for dance programs to improve social inclusion for Canadians with dementia and their carers.
Building Sustainable Rural Age-Friendly Communities
Led by Dr. Elizabeth McCrillis (Trent University) and Dr. Mark Skinner (Trent University), a SSHRC funded study of the factors that both strengthen and inhibit the sustainability of age-friendly community programs in rural Canada.
Community Reintegration of Aging Offenders
Led by Dr. Mark Skinner (Trent University), a community-based collaboration with partners from Correctional Services Canada, Trent University, Dalhousie University and Centennial College is at the forefront of examining the contexts and experiences of formerly incarcerated older adults as they re-enter the community.
Older Voluntarism in Aging Rural Communities
Led by Dr. Mark Skinner (Trent University), Dr. Elizabeth McCrillis (Trent University) and Amber Colibaba (Trent University), a CRC funded community-based investigation into the prospect and precarity of older rural volunteers and volunteer-based supports for older people in rural communities, based on foundational work in rural libraries.
Aging Resource Communities
Led by Dr. Mark Skinner (Trent University) and Dr. Neil Hanlon (UNBC), in collaboration with Dr. Greg Halseth (UNBC) and Dr. Alun Joseph (University of Guelph), a SSHRC funded collaborative investigation into the new phenomenon of resource frontier aging in Canada and internationally.
Led by Dr. Mark Skinner (Trent University), Dr. Gavin Andrews (McMaster University) and Dr. Malcolm Cutchin (Wayne State University), a CRC funded collaboration to advance the foundation of knowledge about geographical perspectives, concepts and approaches to the study of aging, old age and older populations.