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Applied Research

In the next few generations, the worldwide proportion of older persons will increase tenfold to 1 in 4. By 2021, Ontario will be home to close to three million seniors – more than double the number in 1998. With this rate of growth, the need to translate applied research into practical strategies and approaches that meet the challenges and opportunities presented by this imminent boom is critical.

Creating possibilities that enhance the quality of life for older adults – not just in our surrounding communities, but everywhere – is what you’ll discover at the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research. The goal of the Centre is to identify, develop, test and support implementation of innovative strategies that improve the quality of life for older adults and their families, and to do this through applied research. The scope of our Reciprocal Benefits Research (RBR), is wide ranging. Our approach to research builds on the personal strengths of older adults and seeks to empower them, their families and their communities.

We put our motto from Lab to Life® into practice every day. Located on Sheridan's Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, the Centre benefits from Sheridan’s institutional strengths, the diversity of its programs and a friendly, accessible research environment where older adults from the community not only participate in research, but contribute to its direction. We continually seek collaborative research, practice and education partnerships with business, industry, the community and academic leaders.

Current Projects

We run a variety of research projects on a regular basis, covering a wide range of topics. Check this page often for current opportunities to become involved in our applied research. To be added to our mailing list for research opportunities and, to receive advance notification about upcoming projects and events, please send an email to

Exploring the needs and interests of Canadian entrepreneurs Age 50+

The Centre for Elder Research, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario is conducting a nation-wide study to help us to learn more about new and established Canadian entrepreneurs age 50+ as well as those individuals 50+ who are actively pursuing a defined business idea. The study is funded by the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC).
If you are a Canadian entrepreneur age 50+, you are invited to complete the survey and may do so by clicking on the following link. Please note that the survey is available in both English and French. We would appreciate it if you would share the survey with others as appropriate.



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