COVID-19 update: A message from Lia Tsotsos
To the valued members of our Centre for Elder Research community,
It has been more than 18 months since the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to shut down our in-person operations, switch to remote or virtual management of projects, and generally overhaul our approach to research in the aging space. Professionally, and personally, these have undoubtedly been some of the most difficult times in many of our lives, so we sincerely hope that this email finds you all staying healthy and keeping as well as possible under the circumstances.
I wish I could tell you what our Centre will look like when we are finally in a position to welcome people in-person for research and education activities again. We have truly missed the enthusiasm, camaraderie and spontaneity that came from live interactions with our research participants, industry partners and community members. But, we are not so naïve as to think that things will return to “normal”. They can’t, and they shouldn’t. There have been too many lessons learned about infection prevention and control, healthcare access and delivery, long-term care, group dynamics and population health in general that we feel compelled to integrate the new information we have into our planning for what comes next.
In spite of the uncertainty, we do remain committed to a number of things. First, we will remain steadfast in our goal to support the health and well-being of older adults and their families by engaging in meaningful applied research, driven by community needs and industry possibilities. Second, we will ensure that what we learn is continually shared with the public and to educators and students at Sheridan and beyond to ensure that everyone is able to use the latest information in their training, planning and decision-making. Finally, we promise not to lose sight of the lived experiences of older adults as we structure our research; we’ve always worked to go From Lab to Life®, and these insights are more important now than ever before.
We are hopeful that we will be able to begin re-introducing in-person activities in January 2022. In the meantime, we will be reaching out to all you, our stakeholders, to hear your preferences, interests and concerns about what this will look like, so stay tuned for opportunities to contribute to this exercise. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org, or engage with us and others on our social media platforms.
Thank you, as always, for your patience and support.
With our best wishes,
Lia Tsotsos, Ph.D.
Director, Centre for Elder Research