Exploring Aging and Engaging in Communities


Our research explores social engagement, social inclusion and participation in everyday activities among older adults. We aim to understand the ways that the social and physical aspects of communities shape social and community engagement and to develop innovative strategies to promote inclusion of older adults in community life. We do research in settings like local neighbourhoods, apartment buildings, and primary care, and collaborate with community organizations and community members. See Projects and Resources for information about our work.


In this interview, Carri talks about her experience with Participatory Action Research (PAR) with Eugenia Canas, Coordinator with Western University’s Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI). Take a listen…


We are starting a new project, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, to explore mobility, social engagement, and participation in activities among older adults in two London neighbourhoods.

Welcome to the team! Meet the researchers, students, collaborators, and community partners behind The EngAGE Research Team.

Get to know us. 

In our study, “Aging and Connecting in Neighbourhoods,” we explored the ways older adults connect and engage with others in activities neighbourhoods. We focused on the relationships between person and place, and considered how places are ever-changing and intertwined with people. 

To see the full study, click here.

Carri Hand and MSc Occupational Therapy students presenting their research on Older Adults’ Occupational Engagement in Public Spaces at the School of Occupational Therapy’s Evidence-Based Practice conference, in April 2017.


Click here to view Carri Hand’s publications.