Aging and Connecting in Neighbourhoods Study

Project Lead

Carri Hand
Assistant Professor
School of Occupational Therapy
Western University

Carri’s research explores physical, social, policy and cultural contextual factors that impact social connectedness, social inclusion and participation in occupations among older adults. The aim of her research is to develop innovative strategies to promote inclusion of older adults in community life. Carri collaborates with community organizations and community members in her research, using a variety of research methods. Her current work explores the complex ways in which neighbourhoods can support social connectedness and inclusion, examines social isolation and social participation in older adults using survey data, and explores measurement of meaningful outcomes in older adults in primary care settings. For Carri’s list of academic publications visit Publications section of this website.


Debbie Laliberte Rudman
School of Occupational Therapy
Western University

Suzanne Huot
Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
University of British Columbia

Jason Gilliland
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
Western University

Research Assistants

Rachael Pack
Adrian Buttazzoni

Community Partners

Neighbourhood residents, service providers, planners, representatives of non-profit organizations

Project Funder

SSHRC: Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada