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older adults, Sheridan Elder Research Centre


The exclusion of older adults as active participants in the production of knowledge regarding issues that concern them is a subtle form of ageism. This qualitative study used 15 focus groups as a forum to identify the areas of applied research that elders themselves see as relevant and important. In addition to eliciting significant data to guide future research initiatives at the Sheridan Elder Research Centre (SERC), the elders validated the principle of self-determination, which is fundamental to the Social Work Code of Ethics. This 2002 study demonstrated that, if given the opportunity to participate in decision making about the scope and nature of applied research, older adults significantly contribute to the research process.


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Stewart, S., & Spadafora, D. (2005). A tapestry of voices: Using elder focus groups to guide applied research practice. [Report]. Oakville: Sheridan Elder Research Centre (SERC).

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