Healthy Aging Research Knowledge Mobilization
According to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council “Knowledge Mobilization (KM) is an umbrella term encompassing a wide range of activities relating to the production and use of research results, including knowledge synthesis, dissemination, transfer, exchange, and co-creation or co-production by researchers and knowledge users.” Below are a variety of quality, trusted resources to help you find the latest research on healthy aging.
Academic journals publish original research and reviews by researchers and experts. Most academic journal articles are peer-reviewed, meaning that they have been reviewed for scientific quality by other researchers. Some journal articles are open access (i.e., free and accessible to the general public). Unfortunately, many journal articles are closed access, which makes it difficult for community-based seniors’ services to access aging research. If you are a student or alumni of a college or university you may be able to access journal articles through your institution’s library.
Below is a list of some key academic journals that publish the latest aging research:
- Activities, Adaptation & Aging
- Ageing & Society
- Aging & Mental Health
- Canadian Geriatrics Journal
- Canadian Journal on Aging
- Journal of Aging and Environment
- Journal of Aging and Health
- Journal of Aging & Social Policy
- Journal of Aging Studies
- Journal of Applied Gerontology
- The Gerontologist
- The Journals of Gerontology: Series B – Social Sciences
Plain Language Healthy Aging Sources
If you are looking for plain language summaries of research, the following platforms may be of interest:
- McMaster Optimal Aging Portal: The portal provides older adults, service providers, health professionals, and policy-makers with easy access to vetted, evidence-based information on healthy aging and plain language research summaries.
- The Conversation: The Conversation is an an independent source of news and views, from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public. They publish pieces of explanatory journalism from researchers or academics.
Creating Knowledge Mobilization Resources
Are you interested in learning how to create your own knowledge mobilization resources? Research Impact Canada (RIC) is committed to helping universities and other organizations across Canada maximize the impact of research for communities. From sharing best practices, co-developing resources, to delivering training in knowledge mobilization skills, they are an open and collaborative network of 20+ universities (and growing!) across Canada. Their website includes knowledge mobilization resources and free online courses on topics such as data-driven decision-making, storytelling, infographics, building partnerships, and accessible and inclusive event planning.