The CAH is important from a provincial and national standpoint. In Saskatchewan, changing demographics mean older adults (people over age 65) made up 21.8 percent of the population in 2010 and are expected to rise to 31.4 percent by 2030. Across Canada, this shift is also true, as adults aged 65 years and older represent one of the fastest growing segments of the population. The proportion of Canadians in this age group is expected to reach 1 in 4 by 2041. In 1910, that number was only 4.5%. Therefore, this change in population will result in new challenges and opportunities. The University of Regina, in creating the CAH, has positioned itself well to provide leadership locally, nationally, and internationally in this health-related concerns of aging area.
Founded in 2002, the CAH has been facilitating health research and training. We developed and coordinate an M.A./M.Sc. Program in Gerontology: the only interdisciplinary graduate gerontology degree program of its kind on the prairies. The program began in 2005 and is based on a partnership of three faculties: Arts, Social Work, and Kinesiology and Health Studies.
In addition, we have contributed to the development of a gerontology research network that has been very successful in obtaining research funding; CAH members have been recipients of a variety of prestigious honours and awards for research, teaching, public service, and other important areas. We have also developed partnerships with health regions in Saskatchewan as well as provincial and local health organizations. As well, we facilitate the formation of Research Clusters and recruitment of human participants for research.