Promoting the Health of Older Adults: The Canadian Experience

Promoting the Health of Older Adults: The Canadian Experience is now available, featuring a chapter on death and dying by Katherine Arnup, PhD, and Nathan Battams.

July 29, 2021

Promoting the Health of Older Adults: The Canadian Experience

Edited by Irving Rootman, Peggy Edwards, Mélanie Levasseur and Frances Grunberg

Promoting the Health of Older Adults: The Canadian Experience is now available from Canadian Scholars, featuring a chapter by Vanier Institute contributor Katherine Arnup, PhD, and Nathan Battams on death and dying in Canada.

Taking a unique look at health promotion and aging in Canada, this edited collection uses the action framework in the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion to explore the factors and issues related to the health of older adults. The book is organized around the five action areas for health promotion: building healthy public policy, creating supportive environments, strengthening community action, developing personal skills, and reorienting health and social services.

Adhering to the holistic approach that health in older age involves physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being, this comprehensive collection covers a wide range of interventions that are designed to benefit and protect the aging population’s health, quality of life, rights and dignity, while building intergenerational solidarity and collaboration.

Readers will learn about aging from a health promotion perspective; the context, environment and issues related to older adults in Canada; and best practices in health promotion, public health and the care of older adults. Promoting the Health of Older Adults is an invaluable resource for both graduate and undergraduate students in gerontology, health promotion, nursing, social work and related fields.


  • Considers the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for health promotion and aging
  • Provides an up-to-date profile of older adults in Canada and current/future trends in aging and health, including the use of new technologies and policies and practices in health promotion, public health and other disciplines
  • Includes a wealth of pedagogical features, such as learning objectives, critical thinking questions, a glossary and online supplementary materials

Access Promoting the Health of Older Adults: The Canadian Experience today!

Katherine Arnup, PhD, CPCC, is a writer, speaker and life coach specializing in transitions, and a retired Carleton University professor. Author of Family Perspectives: Death and Dying in Canada (the Vanier Institute of the Family report and original source for this chapter) and several books, including “I Don’t Have Time for This!”: A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Your Parents and Yourself and Education for Motherhood, Dr. Arnup has pioneered studies on family experiences and provided unique insights into family life throughout her career.

Nathan Battams is a Knowledge Mobilization Specialist at the Vanier Institute of the Family, where he works with a growing network of contributors and research partners to produce diverse resources about families and family life in Canada. He has co-authored articles that have appeared in Canadian Studies in Population and the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health, and contributed to chapters in Deep Roots (a United Nations book on farm families), as well as the Institute’s growing library of fact sheets, infographics and online resources.

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