The School of Public Policy – at University of Calgary

Calgary School of Public Policy – Are you a caregiver of a senior citizen and below the age of 65 and living in the Calgary area?  Earn $25/session to tell them about your care-giving experience in an important new study.  For more information contact:

Strategies for Patient-Oriented Research – SPOR

If you check their website here you can see available research opportunities and also some of the training/education that is available for researchers and patients – many of which are online.

Research Project on Social Isolation Among Indigenous Seniors in the City of Edmonton.

The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) has been awarded a contract from Age Friendly Edmonton (AFE) to complete a research project on social isolation among Indigenous seniors in the City of Edmonton. AFE is an initiative to build a city that values, respects, and actively supports the well-being of seniors, and is co-led by the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council. This project will impact future policy change in Edmonton by highlighting the experiences of real people in our community, and allow us to plan for positive and lasting change.

We are searching for caregivers of Indigenous seniors to participate in an in-person interview to discuss their challenges, barriers, and opportunities as caregivers. Caregivers can be defined as a family member, a friend, or a paid caregiver who spends a significant amount of time caring for an Indigenous senior whom is 55 years of age or older. A small gift will be provided to participants upon meeting with us, and the interview should take 30 to 45 minutes. Participants have no obligation to take part in our research and may withdraw their participation at any time up to seven days after the interview has been completed.

Results will be disseminated to Age Friendly Edmonton and all participating organizations in October of 2018, and will be used to inform policy and practice. No identifying material will be retained and attached to the data, and all individuals’ participation shall remain confidential. Potential risks are minimal but may involve the discussion of sensitive or uncomfortable topics.

We are hoping to begin interviews soon; if you are a caretaker interested in participating in an interview (or know someone else who is), please contact Alexa Byrd at 780-423-2031, ext. 356  or An interview will be scheduled at the participant’s convenience.