Transitions and Impact on Later Life (TRAILL)

TRAILL (TRansitions and Impact on Later Life) is a collaborative research project between the Vanier Institute of the Family and RAPP (Research on Aging, Policies, and Practice), a research centre led by Drs. Janet Fast and Norah Keating at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Research shows that family life-course transitions, such as caring for adults with long-term health conditions, can have a significant impact on the health, wealth and happiness of older adults. In a rapidly aging society such as Canada’s, research on life transitions and how they impact well-being can strengthen and facilitate the development of supports and services for families and communities across the country.

Project goals:

  • To conceptualize and empirically examine family care trajectories across the life course
  • To test the capacity of Canadian data to understand how different family care trajectories across the life course affect older adults’ health, wealth and happiness

The Vanier Institute will engage in knowledge mobilization (KM) activities for this project, including participating in events (e.g. roundtables and/or webinars), where research will be shared and discussed, as well as sharing new research findings on social media and on the Vanier Institute’s website.

TRAILL is currently working on two research papers: a care trajectory conceptual paper and a care trajectory empirical paper. As these are developed, TRAILL researchers are submitting abstracts to a number of conferences globally as a means of knowledge mobilization.

Project timeline:

  • This project is scheduled to be completed by March 2019.

Project leads:

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