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Promoting Wellbeing and Equity
Across the Life Course

Goal: Develop knowledge that intricately links context with
individual development

Objective: Take the lead in research that informs best practices and policies—by developing
knowledge of individuals and families across the life course, as they interact with their environment

  • Promote and conduct innovative research and develop education that fosters an appreciation of the human narrative and story across the life course
  • Provide evidence to address misinformation, myths and stigma about the aging process
  • Provide evidence to understand and address social determinants as they affect various stages and challenges across the life course
  • Evaluate programs/interventions designed to support people through the various stages and challenges over the life course

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  • Complex interactions among genetic, biological and environmental factors affect people throughout the life course, according to neuroscience research
  • Focusing on social determinants of health means considering both daily living circumstances and structural influences on health, such as education and employment
  • Cumulative research underscores the importance of early childhood years and the influence of experiences across the life span on future development
  • Social work has a vital role to play in understanding and responding to the needs of Canada’s growing and aging population, and of those who provide care and support
  • The unique needs of individuals at all ages and stages must be understood and addressed within the context of their own life experiences


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