Centre of Excellence for Healthy Aging

Attention CBU faculty and researchers:

The Centre of Excellence for Healthy Aging is accepting applications for Affiliated Researchers. Details can be found in the attached: Become an Affiliated Researcher 

Cape Breton University’s Centre of Excellence for Healthy Aging is dedicated to research that targets improved care for older adults. Nova Scotia is home to the highest proportion of seniors in Canada, with many residing in rural communities. CBU’s Centre of Excellence for Healthy Aging is well-positioned to engage older adults in research to understand the experiences of an aging population, informing healthcare policies and programs now and in the future.

Current Projects & Studies


The Centre of Excellence for Healthy Aging is working with the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) as a partner in a national study designed to reduce risk factors for dementia by examining the impact of prevention.

This study is targeting people aged 60-85 from across Canada, offering the opportunity to increase their knowledge of dementia, improve lifestyle risk factors and engage with researchers. This research is part of the Canadian Therapeutic Platform Trial for Multidomain Interventions to Prevent Dementia, or CANTHUMBS-UP. You can register for the CANTHUMBS-UP study here.



About the Centre

In December 2021, Research Nova Scotia (RNS), in collaboration with the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Health, provided $700,000 to fund CBU’s Centre of Excellence for Healthy Aging in honour of Dr. Kenneth Rockwood. Dr. Rockwood, a Halifax doctor, educator and researcher is a world leader in the study of frailty and dementia. He was recipient of the 2021 Ryman Prize which recognizes the best work carried out anywhere in the world that has enhanced quality of life for older people. Dr. Rockwood contributed $25,000 from the Ryman prize money to catalyze this research program at CBU and promote whole-patient care for people living with frailty and/or dementia. He will continue to support the Centre as Principal Investigator.


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