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Leading Knowledge on Home and Community Care

Welcome to CRNCC, a vibrant national and international affiliation of academic and community researchers, community service providers, consumers and policy makers dedicated to advancing research and knowledge transfer in home and community care. The network encourages collaborative, community-driven research and knowledge translation across the continuum of care.



Just Released!

CRNCC In-Focus Backgrounder on Gerontechnology
With an aging Canadian population, increasing mobility of young people and smaller families, Canada, like other countries in the world, will face a growing “care gap” with fewer family members to provide supportive care. The emerging field of “gerontechnology” may enable older adults to continue to live independently for as long as possible, to empower self-management of their health, and to stay connected to their community while reducing caregiver burden on family and friends.  What are the pros and cons of apps, carebots, and other devices for connected aging?

Please see our In-Focus Backgrounder on Gerontechnology.


CRNCC In-Focus Backgrounder on Marijuana
Medical marijuana (cannabis) has been legal in Canada since 2001. There is growing, yet still limited evidence, that marijuana can help with health conditions experienced by many older persons including nausea related to chemotherapy, Alzheimer’s disease, pain, and mental health issues such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. Yet, older persons may be reluctant to use marijuana because of persistent stigma, or because of an unwillingness by health care professionals to consider its use. The federal government’s legalization of cannabis, expected in the fall of 2018, will open the door to new and innovative use by older persons as an alternative to prescription pharmaceuticals.

This CRNCC backgrounder examines the potential benefits and cautionary notes on marijuana use by older Canadians.  See In-Focus Backgrounder on Marijuana and Older People



Recent Reports

The Behavioural Supports Ontario Provincial Coordinating Office is pleased to announce the release of the full report and accompanying infographic detailing the results of the thematic analysis of BSO Qualitative Stories (2015-18). The work was led by CRNCC researchers, Dr. Frances Morton Chang and Dr. A Paul Williams. In analyzing these rich stories, the authors uncovered eight primary reporting dimensions which are detailed in the report and illustrated in the accompanying infographic. [Report] [Infographic]


Just released research on eldercare, gender and work outcomes in The Journals of Gerontology

Dr. Peter Smith and his team looked at the Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey (LFS) responses from 1997 to 2015 of over 5.8 million working people who were 40 years of age and older.  When it comes to taking care of older relatives, women compared to men are 73 per cent more likely to permanently leave work; five times more likely to be working part-time; twice as likely to take time off during a work week, and if they do take time off, likely to take off about 2.5 hours more per week. [Report]

Report on Independent Living

Building Community-Based Capacity to Meet Ontario's Needs - Brief by the Ontario Association of Independent Living Service Providers (OAILSP)

A Global Campaign to Combat Ageism - Perspectives in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Ensuring Healthy Aging for All: Home Care Access in Ontario
- Report by the Wellesley Institute.
Health and Social Care Policies for Older Persons with Dementia in Canada: Issues and Policy Directions
- Presentation by A. Paul Williams at the International Symposium on Health and Social Policies for Older Persons with Dementia
Improving Seniors’ Services in Ontario Position Paper by the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (Summary)


Recent Presentations

Bellwoods Think Tank

On Thursday March 21, 2019, Bellwoods invited keynote speakers to address the following questions:
What key factors are driving health system transformation in Ontario?
How do you see system transformation unfolding over the short and longer terms?
How should community-based providers position themselves to create value at the individual and system level?

Speakers included:

  • Connie Clerci, Founder & Executive Chair of the Board, Closing the Gap Healthcare and Member of the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine
  • Sarah Downey, President & CEO of Michael Garron Hospital/Toronto East Health Network [presentation]
  • Lori Holloway, Bellwoods CEO [presentation]
  • Deborah Simon, Ontario Community Support Association CEO [presentation]
  • A. Paul Williams, Lead, Stakeholder Engagement, Bellwoods [presentation]