Community Engagement
For Health Among
Older Adults

A strategy for aging in place

Aging in place means having the choice to live safely in your own home for as long as you want to, with access to the support you may need. 

The Province of New Brunswick and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Healthy Seniors Pilot Project program, have funded a community engagement project as the first step in developing new options for aging care that support seniors remaining in their homes as well as the advancement of intergenerational programming in Saint Andrews.

Passamaquoddy Lodge, is working to broaden its support to those on the aging journey, both those individuals residing in care and those remaining at home. As a result, they are looking to design a new space that feels residential and is a part of the community.

This vision includes a Community Partners’ Space for community members and organizations to be able to host programs, services, and activities. And in order to ensure that this community space is developed to fulfil local needs and reflect community interests, a community engagement process is being hosted from July 2022 to March 2023 to gather community input and co-create an action plan for the new space.

Community Engagement is a way to ensure that programs and services are developed by the experts – the people who want them and will use them.

This project also includes a research component that explores the impact of community engagement on participants and evaluates the community engagement process. While anyone can be involved in the community engagement activities, the research evaluation is limited to participants aged 55+. The research is voluntary.

The Research

The project will examine the community engagement process, including participants’ expectations and experiences with the community engagement sessions.

In addition, the research evaluation will consider the impact of community engagement on individual participants. Involvement in the process is expected to impact purpose, connection and well-being positively.

If you wish to learn more about the research component, please contact the Research Lead, Dr. Andrea Trenholm: [email protected]


The Community Engagement

The project kicked off the 10-month community engagement process on July 6, 2022, at the New Brunswick Community College in Saint Andrews. 74 people attended a brainstorming session about what the community space might look like, feel like, and services or activities it might offer. 

A second community session will be held on Saturday, September 24th, 2022. Details here.   

Attendees from these sessions will form working groups on various topics and themes generated from the community brainstorming to establish action plans for the  Community Space.

If you wish to learn more about the project, please  contact:

The Partners