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Current Projects:


Seniors-Adding Life To Years (SALTY)

SHIFT Mid-Term Evaluation Qualitative Research

Synopsis of Seniors Strategies in Canada and Abroad

Continuing Care Assistant Program Curriculum Standards Review and Revision

Home Care Pathways

Developing an APP for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia

As well, we have representation on a number of committees/networks including the Fountain of Health Initiative.

Seniors-Adding Life To Years (SALTY)

Principal/Lead InvestigatorJanice Keefe (Mount Saint Vincent University)

Leadership Team

Research Team

Dr. Janice Keefe (MSVU), Scientific Lead; Dr. Carole Estabrooks, Co-Scientific Lead, University of Alberta;  Dr. Leah MacDonald, Clinical Lead, Vancouver Island Health Authority; Heather Cook, Office of the Seniors Advocate, BC; Heather Fifield, Lead Patient/Family Representative, Bridgewater.

Investigators, clinicians, knowledge users (in alphabetical order):

Melissa Andrew, Dalhousie University
Hugh Armstrong, Carleton University
Pat Armstrong, York University
Katie Aubrecht, Mount Saint Vincent University
Sandra Bauld, Halifax, NS
Whitney Berta, University of Toronto
Naomi Black, Halifax, NS
Ivy  Bourgeault, University of Ottawa
Susan Braedley, Carleton University
Fred Burge, Dalhousie University
Jackie Choiniere, York University
Denise Cloutier  University of Victoria
Heather Cook, Office of the Seniors Advocate, BC
Greta Cummings, University of Alberta
Tamara Daly, York University
Carole Estabrooks, Co-Scientific Lead
Heather Fifield, Bridgewater
Elizabeth Findlay, Fraser Health Authority
Faye Forbes, Halifax, NS
Carmen Grabusic, Alberta Health
Andrea Gruneir, University of Alberta
Matthias Hoben, University of Alberta
Jayme Hunter,  Fraser Health Authority
Trevor Janz, Interior Health Authority
Vicki Kennedy, Interior Health Authority
Jennifer Kirby, Halifax, NS
Mary Kjorven, Interior Health Authority
Janice Keefe (MSVU), Scientific Lead
Ruby Knowles, Nova Scotia Health and Wellness
Cameron Lynam, Fraser Health Authority
Leah MacDonald, Vancouver Island Health Authority
Jim Mann, Vancouver, NS
Emily Marshall, Dalhousie University
Margaret  McGregor, University of British Columbia
Judy Nicol, Interior Health Authority
Kim Norman, Fraser Health Authority
Peter Norton, University of Calgary
Brian Pollard, Ontario Ministry of Health LTC
Jeff  Poss, University of Waterloo
Della Roberts, Vancouver Island Health Authority
Rick Sawatzky, Trinity Western University
Corinne Schalm, Alberta Health
James Silvius, Alberta Health Services
Kelli Stajduhar, University of Victoria
Susan Stevens,Nova Scotia Health Authority
Deanne Taylor, Interior Health Authority
Gary Teare, Health Quality Council, SK

FunderCanadian Institutes of Health Research, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Time PeriodApril 2016-March 2020

DescriptionSALTY is a 4 year project which aims to add quality of life to late life for people living in residential long term care and for their caregivers, including family, friends, and volunteers who support their care. SALTY’s research is organized into four interrelated streams: Monitor Care Practice, Map Promising Approaches to Care Relationships, Evaluative Innovative Practice, and Examine Policy Context  and the study will employ diverse and multiple methods to achieve its objectives. The SALTY team includes established and emerging researchers, decision makers, clinicians, and representatives for staff, volunteers, family, and residents. The study is being conducted in four Canadian provinces – British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia – and its results will have relevance for other jurisdictions.
Role of NSCAOrganizing/lead institution for the project

Contact Person

Paula Richardson


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 SHIFT Mid-Term Evaluation Qualitative Research

 Project Team

 Pamela Fancey, Lucy Knight, Janice Keefe
 Funder Nova Scotia Department of Seniors
 Time Period November 2018-February 2019
 DescriptionTo generate evidence about Shift’s progress and potential influence on the work of government and key stakeholders. This work is one component of the Department of Seniors’ mid point assessment of Shift: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population.

 Role of NSCAConduct interviews with representatives from government and key stakeholder groups and synthesize results.
 Contact Person

 Synopsis of Seniors Strategies in Canada and Abroad

Project TeamJanice Keefe, Amelie Lemieux, Lucy Knight, Pamela Fancey
FunderEmployment and Social Development Canada
Time PeriodMarch 2019-June 2019
DescriptionIdentify, review and provide a synopsis of various seniors-related strategies being implemented in Canada and internationally, as well as those proposed through stakeholder calls for a national seniors strategy. Evidence generated will inform the National Seniors Council’s work in providing advice to the federal government on potential objectives and principles if a national seniors strategy were to be developed.

Role of NSCAIdentify, analyze and synthesize key aspects of relevant strategies, frameworks and action plans.

Website no project specific webpage
Contact PersonLucy Knight

Continuing Care Assistant Program Curriculum Standards Review and Revision

Principal Lead Pamela Fancey (Mount Saint Vincent University)
Project Team Janice Keefe, Lucy Knight, Rowen McKenzie
Funder Continuing Care Assistant Program Advisory Committee
Time Period January 2019-May 2019
DescriptionThis project involves a review of the Continuing Care Assistant curriculum standards with the view of incorporating competencies established for CCAs in Nova Scotia. In addition, a review of specific modules, teaching resources and assessment strategies will be undertaken to ensure they are appropriate and current.

Role of NSCAReview and rewrite learning outcomes, identify and engage subject matter experts for specific module review, search and update teaching resources, identify additions/enhancements to the curriculum.


No project specific webpage. For information on Continuing Care Assistant Program visit
 Contact Person

How Approaches to Care Shape the Pathways of Older Adult Home Care Clients

Principal/Lead Investigator Janice Keefe (Mount Saint Vincent University), Susan Stevens (Nova Scotia Health Authority), Michelle Lobchuk (University of Manitoba)

Research TeamLaura Funk (University of Manitoba), Marilyn Macdonald (Dalhousie University), Martha MacDonald (Saint Mary’s University), Grace Warner (Dalhousie University), Lori Mitchell (Winnipeg Regional Health Authority), Julie Donaldson (Manitoba Caregiver Coalition), Kathryn Graves (Northwoodcare), MJ MacDonald (NS Department of Health & Wellness); Project partners and collaborators: Canadian Home Care Association, Caregivers Nova Scotia, Health Canada
Funder Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Time Period April 2018-March 2022

This multi-site project will generate evidence to understand how approaches to care shape the pathways of older adult home care clients with chronic and long term conditions through the home care system.  Project activities to include retrospective analysis of home care client assessment data, interviews with members of care constellations (clients, caregivers, workers, health care practitioners), and review of key policy documents.

Role of NSCAOrganizing/lead institution for the project
Contact Person

Developing an APP for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia

Principal/Lead Investigator Janice Keefe (Mount Saint Vincent University), Patrick McGrath (IWK Health/NS Health Authority)
Research TeamDr. Francine Queluz, Emily Kervin, Rowen McKenzie, Pamela Fancey

FunderCanadian Institutes of Health Research
Time PeriodNovember 2017-December 2018 (extended to March 2019)

DescriptionThis multi-stage project involves work to develop an APP for caregivers of persons living with dementia based on the C.A.R.E. Tool.  Stages include needs assessment, design and development and pilot testing. The project is part of a larger CIHR Foundation Grant Program of Research led by Dr. Patrick McGrath which aims to provide health practitioners with accessible and cost effective technology enabled tools to expand capacity to deliver behavioral medicine in primary care.
Role of NSCACoordination of project activities.
Website:No project specific webpage
Contact Person

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