April 6, 2011

CANADA: Age research gets boost

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CALGARY,  Alberta / The Calgary Sun / News / April 6, 2011

The U of C research lifeline for healthier seniors received a major boost Monday with a $5-million donation.

University officials launched the Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging that will help enhance the health and wellness of Alberta seniors.

“By creating the Brenda Strafford Foundation Centre on Aging, the university’s already significant work in the area of aging can have an even greater, farther reaching positive impact on the ability of senior citizens to live healthy, active lives,” said U of C president Elizabeth Cannon.

Dr. Barrie Strafford is chairman of the foundation, which has contributed more than $8.5 million to the university for aging-related research in the faculties of kinesiology, medicine, nursing and social work. “The guiding principle of the foundation is to cater to humanity, to bring a measure of hope to people whose outlook seems hopeless,” said Strafford.

The foundation has also supported research on geriatric medicine, Alzheimers, nursing, prevention of domestic violence and exercise program for seniors. Dr. David Hogan, the university’s chair in geriatric medicine, will serve as the inaugural director of the new centre on aging.

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