At the 2023 Royal Society of Canada's (RSC) G7 Research Summit on Healthy Aging, a delegation of researchers representing the University and the Trent Centre for Aging and Society (TCAS) discussed the innovative healthy aging research taking place at Trent, underscoring the University's dedication to advancing this field of study and contributing to the well-being of Canadians.
"Trent is proud to be at the forefront of advancing knowledge and solutions in healthy aging in Canada,” said Dr. Cathy Bruce, vice president of Research and Innovation. “Participating in, and supporting, events like the G7 Summit further demonstrates Trent's dedication to research excellence and innovation that turns our understanding of aging on its ear. Researchers at Trent are framing aging research as multi-faceted, community-based and collaborative."
At the summit, over 100 experts including scholars, researchers, and policymakers, gathered to explore new approaches to preventive care. Trent University delegates included Dr. Elizabeth Russell, Dr. Liana Brown, Dr. Nadine Changfoot, Dr. Stephanie Tobin, and Dr. Raheleh Saryazdi. These scholars represented the University and TCAS, Trent’s hub for interdisciplinary aging studies, leadership and advocacy in the field of healthy aging. At the summit, TCAS members demonstrated how their work fosters meaningful dialogue and challenges entrenched ideas about aging, old age and older people.
"Our involvement in the G7 Summit allowed us to share our research which is aligned with TCAS’ mission to make a meaningful impact on the future of aging focused healthcare in Canada," said Dr. Elizabeth Russell, director of TCAS. “I’m delighted to be among this group of Trent delegates and to help propel leadership in these critical areas of research and knowledge sharing.”
The summit, organized by the RSC, coincided with the 40th anniversary of the Canada Health Act and the 50th anniversary of the Lalonde Report. It provided a unique opportunity for Trent to participate in insightful discussions and reflections on our healthcare system, impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s aging population, and the future of healthcare in Canada. A summit report, based on delegate input about healthy aging, will be produced to share the most current knowledge and practices surrounding healthy aging, as well as addressing policy implications.