Research team members for the Riverview Health Centre ACE project.

Areas of research

The following list represents areas in which gerontological research is currently being conducted by our research affiliates. For more specific information about the current projects in these areas or the researchers who are investigating them, please visit the Research Affiliates web page.

The projects are current research studies that the Centre on Aging is involved in, led by the Centre Director (Principal Investigator) or as a co-investigator.


Building on the "age-friendly" concept developed by the World Health Organization's healthy aging framework, researchers are examining how eight principles can improve and enhance the quality of life as people age, particularly in support of older adults through active aging.

Researchers are also building on the age-friendly university principles to engage older adults through higher education, and build on intergenerational connections with students and the university community.

Aging and technology

Researchers are studying how technology can be adapted to assist older adults in their everyday lives and maintain their independence by aging in place.


Researchers are studying the role of family and friends as caregivers for older adults, the amount and type of assistance they provide, and the effect of care giving on caregivers.

Chronic disorders

Researchers are studying chronic health problems, such as the prevalence of and risk factors for dementia, arthritis and factors related to depression.

Falls prevention

Researchers are looking at how they can best support older adults to reduce the risk of falls by examining what causes people to fall and strategies older adults can employ to prevent falls.

Health and well-being

Researchers are studying successful aging, self-care practices, substance abuse, nutrition and older adults' adjustments to changes in health.

Healthy living

Researchers are studying the relation between lifestyle factors, such as physical and leisure activity, health and well-being and age-friendly communities.

Health support/service Use

Researchers are studying health service use among older adults, such as nursing home use, hospital use, use of adult day care, rehabilitation and support services. Issues around end-of-life care are also being examined.


Researchers are studying supportive housing, home care supports for older adults and their caregivers in an individual's home, how to better design spaces in long term facilities and the housing needs of individuals with dementia.


Researchers are studying intergenerational differences in reactions to Hollywood melodramas, the role of older people in a historical context (priest's household in the Middle Ages) and active aging in early modern literature.

Marketing/Consumer behaviour

Researchers are studying advertising directed at older consumers and memory.


Researchers are studying medication-related problems experienced by older adults, the effectiveness of medication in the treatment of chronic health problems, the effect of consumer-oriented drug information and chemical processes underlying Alzheimer's Disease.

Memory/Neuropsychology/Cognitive processes

Researchers are studying the consequences of early brain damage to normal aging, the changes in memory function with advancing age, neuronal plasticity, as well as memory encoding/impairments after stroke, trauma and seizure activity.

Transportation and driving

Researchers are studying factors related to older adults' ability to drive and issues around pedestrian and road safety.


Participate in research

Research study participants age 55 and older are needed for current and ongoing research studies.

Centre on Aging participant database

Are you interested in participating in aging-related research studies?

Researchers are often looking for participants for their research studies. The Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba has created an electronic database of individuals 55 years and over who are willing to be contacted by researchers about whether they would like to participate in aging-related studies.

We would like to invite you to become part of this database. The database would contain your name, mailing address, phone number, age and gender and it is maintained by Centre on Aging staff.

By becoming part of the database, you are only consenting to being contacted by researchers; whether you actually participate in a study is entirely your choice. Research projects and requests for participants vary. We cannot predict when researchers may need participants; you may or may not be contacted by a researcher. You can opt to have your information removed from the database at any time.

Your contact information will only be shared with Centre on Aging researchers whose projects have been approved by a research ethics board at the University of Manitoba.

To become part of the database:

Contact information form

If you are interested in participating in aging-related research studies, complete the online form. You will receive a letter in the mail confirming your interest in the database and asking for signed informed consent.

All personal information will be kept confidential.

Current studies recruiting

In addition our study participant database, occasionally the Centre on Aging receives requests from Research Affiliates and students conducting aging related studies at the University of Manitoba for study participants. These studies have been approved by a research ethics board.

Flax Memory Study

Study description

The St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre is currently recruiting participants, aged 60-84 inclusive, who have Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), into their Flax Memory Study. This is a double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial to study the effects of dietary flax beverage on memory and cognition, over a 6-month (26 week) period of consumption. Sixty participants are invited to participate, with an equal number of participants receiving flax beverage as receiving a placebo (oat beverage), based on random selection. All genders welcome.

The study involves a Screening Visit at the I.H Asper Clinical Research Institute (part of the St. Boniface Hospital campus) to determine eligibility into the study, as well as two other visits to measure memory and blood pressure, and collect a blood sample to measure biomarkers including amyloid-beta and phosphorylated tau, two proteins that may accumulate in the brains of dementia patients.

Participants who qualify will consume flax beverage or oat beverage (330 mL twice daily) for 6 months, and follow-up visits will re-measure memory, blood pressure and blood biomarkers. A select number of participants will be asked to have a brain PET scan at the Health Sciences Centre at the beginning and end of the study.

Contact us

If you are interested in participating, please contact: 204-235-3941 (lab) or

Funding Provided by
Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP) and the Neurodegenerative Disorders – Focus on Autism and Alzheimer’s Research Grant, administered by the St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre Department of Neurodegenerative Disorders.

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