Joanie Sims-Gould can recall with clarity celebrating her grandparents’ 87th birthday in their family home of 50 years. She knew at the time that if not for the home care and other community services her grandparents had received in recent years, they’d be celebrating this birthday in a nursing home.
As part of a four-generation Canadian family, Sims-Gould has been surrounded by older people for as long as she can remember. And that personal history has driven her professional life as research scientist at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM). Like Sims-Gould’s grandparents, most older adults prefer to age in their family homes for as long as they can, in spite of health and mobility challenges; Sims-Gould is on a quest to find out how to make that possible.