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A message from Lia Tsotsos

April 13, 2020

To the valued members of our Centre for Elder Research community,

I am writing to you today, firstly, hoping that you’re all keeping well and healthy amidst the current global pandemic we are experiencing. It is trite to say that these are “trying times”, but they are, and I do wish you all strength and patience as we navigate this situation together.

As you have likely seen by now, classes at Sheridan College and many other post-secondary institutions have been suspended and/or cancelled as we implement the recommended social distancing guidelines. These suspensions extend to large gatherings and events, and have an impact on research activities at Sheridan. As of Friday, March 13th, research activities involving individuals at greater risk from COVID-19 (e.g. those aged 65 and over, those with compromised immune systems, those with underlying medical conditions, etc.) have been suspended. For our Centre, this means that all of our in-person and community-based research has stopped. Recognizing the intergenerational care that occurs in many Canadian families and in the community, it is not enough for us to only suspend research involving older adults, as that would then lead to risk of exposure for younger adults who support and care for those older adults. If you are personally involved in a research project, or were scheduled to be, you will be hearing directly from the project lead with more details about that specific project.

We are also postponing all of our planned events until the end of April, including scheduled outreach events and our monthly Aging Matters gatherings. While we know this may be disappointing and takes away a valuable opportunity to meet and share information, we will do our best to share engaging and informative content via our social media channels during this time, and will post links to online webinars or events wherever possible. If you do not yet follow us on social media, I encourage you to do so (https://twitter.com/sheridanelder; https://www.facebook.com/SERClab). You can also see all of Sheridan’s community responses and access additional resources at https://www.sheridancollege.ca/news-and-events/coronavirus.

Finally, the team at the Centre for Elder Research is not exempt from the impacts of these social distancing measures or the familial impact of this situation. As of today, the team is working virtually and will not be in the office. We anticipate being back, physically, in early April, but will take our guidance from Sheridan College and the federal and provincial government. Please do not visit our offices; our email and phone line will remain open and monitored daily, so if you need to get in touch for any reason, or have any questions about the Centre’s response to COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to contact us at either elder.research@sheridancollege.ca or 905-845-9430 x2977.

We thank you for your continued support of the Centre for Elder Research and look forward to being able to re-engage in our work with you all very soon. On behalf of the team, I wish you all the very best – take care, everyone.

Yours sincerely,
Lia Tsotsos
Director, Centre for Elder Research