GOAL: Develop the dance training materials and model for future scalability in Canadian/global markets
We are excited to announce that GERAS Dance has received funding from the CABHI Researcher-Clinician Partnership Program (RCP2). This funding program is designed to enhance the effectiveness of connecting point-of-care clinicians in the senior care sector with university-based researchers to collaboratively design, test and validate innovative products, services or health practices in aging and brain health in a real-world care setting.
RCP2 funding for GERAS Dance will help us further develop our idea, and engage in validation testing to determine its impact on older adults and their caregivers.
We are grateful to CABHI and the generous funding provided by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, by the Government of Canada through the Public Health Agency of Canada, and by the Baycrest Foundation.
In collaboration of numerous YMCA locations across the Hamilton, Burlington, Brantford, Niagara region, GERAS will be scaling up the DANCE research study enabling seniors in other communities to benefit from high-quality programming that targets improvement in social, cognitive and physical function.
Our vision is to create a sustainable platform of products and services that can be implemented across Canada and globally. This includes in-person and on-line training, high-quality manuals, comprehensive support and establishing a community of practice.