Sheridan Centre for Elder Research
Enhancing the lives of older Canadians.
The work done by Sheridan's Centre for Elder Research directly benefits and empowers older adults and their families. Since 2003, the centre, located at Sheridan's Trafalgar Road Campus, has conducted more than 60 research, evaluation and design projects.
Many of these projects have been aimed at understanding how participation in art activities enhances quality of life and promotes healthy aging. For example, memorizing sequences of movements engages a variety of cognitive processes, making dance an activity that engages both the body and the mind. The centre completed a ballet-based research project, which found that participation in dance increased flexibility, balance, lower-body strength and positive mood.