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Brain Health in Community

Finding Meaning in Aging (FMA) is an 8-week program co-developed and tested with community for community. Studies evaluated Cohesion, At-homeness, and Playfulness (CAP) as preventive solutions, drawing from community psychology, environmental gerontology, and occupational therapy. A multicomponent program effectively promoted Brain Health.

Path analysis diagram linking CAP factors with mental wellbeing through social experiences

Citizen Science

Survey with 150 seniors were co-designed, co-promoted, and co-interpreted with 55 seniors and community organizations. Structural equation modelling examined CAP pathways to wellbeing.

Focus group and controlled trial posters

Program Co-creation

Seniors pointed to challenges of experiencing losses as barriers to social engagements, identified relevant community activities and gaps for "medium friendship" in 12 focus groups.

Indigenous garden workshop at Clinton Park with Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House

Controlled Trial

39 seniors participated in Horticulture, Mindfulness, and Dance movement therapies. Overall attendance promoted Brain Health by increasing a sense of Playfulness. FMA Mindfulness increased At-homeness.

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Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House logo
South Vancouver Neighbourhood House logo
Britannia Community Services Centre logo
Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver logo


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