group on steps

Research Team: Alison Phinney (PI), Jennifer Baumbusch, Deborah O’Connor, Barbara Purves, Elizabeth Kelson

Funder: Alzheimer Society of Canada

This is an ethnographic study with two purposes: (1) to understand how community programs help support social citizenship for people with dementia; (2) to evaluate different research methods for including the perspectives and opinions of people with dementia.



Research Team: Alison Phinney (PI), Landon Mackenzie, Michael Wilson

Funder: UBC Hampton Fund Research Grant

Students from Emily Carr University created paintings for Yale Road Centre, a transitional care facility in Surrey, BC. We are conducting a focused ethnography, conducting observations and interviewing students, staff, and residents to learn more the benefits of the art for people with dementia.


Denise and Resident 2 September Bistro

Research Team: Jennifer Baumbusch (PI), Alison Phinney, Deborah O’Connor, Paddy Rodney, Catherine Ward-Griffin

This 4-year study examines how care is negotiated in long-term residential care facilities. The goal is to better understand how to foster supportive collaborative relationships among families, residents and staff and improve the health and well-being of these groups


Research Team:Jeff Small

Funder:Two CIHR operating grants.

Investigates how a memory training program called “Spaced Retrieval” (SR) might be effectively applied in helping persons with Alzheimer’s disease or Mild Cognitive Impairment improve their recent memory and quality of life. The Phase 1 study findings were published in two journal articles in 2012, and the follow-up Phase 2 CIHR grant application is currently in progress.

Research Team:S.M. Chan, E. Drance, J.Globerman, W. Hulko, D. O’Connor, J. Perry,J. Small, and L. Stern

Funder:BC Medical Services Foundation (Vancouver Foundation).

Investigates the nature and outcomes of communication between staff and residents in long-term care when there is a match/mismatch in their language and/or ethnocultural backgrounds.

Research Team:A. Mihailidis, R. Wilson,J. Small

Funder:TVN Health Technology Innovation operating grant (funded through the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program).

In long-term residential care (LTRC), many residents have cognitive impairments and/or do not speak English. These barriers make it difficult for them to communicate with care staff. Due to recent technological advances, a promising solution would be to pair mobile communication technology (e.g., tablet, smart phone) with mobile health communication Apps or “cApps”. For example, cApps that provide language translation or visual supports may enable care staff and residents to communicate more effectively. The purpose of this pilot study is to first examine the current status of cApp usage in a sample of LTRC facilities. Then we will explore the feasibility of implementing a currently available suite of cApps in LTRC.