During the Fall 2019 term, students in the Developing Healthy Communities course at Brock University worked with residents at the Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village, located at 413 Linwell Road, to collect research for the Through Their Eyes project. Each team of students partnered with seniors from the residence to gain a better understanding of what makes an age-friendly community through the eyes of the city’s experts–local senior residents.
You can view the photos from our most recent aging simulation here.
This year’s Through Their Eyes project included GIS mapping of the frequented areas surrounding the Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village at 413 Linwell Road. This element of the project’s research enhanced our ability to assess the age-friendliness of the neighbourhood.
The students used these maps to pinpoint the domains of an age-friendly community such as the community’s parks and green spaces, transportation routes, and locations of nearby supermarkets, churches, and health services.
These maps were also used to plot the routes that the residents mentioned they typically used in order to better understand their community experience from a bird’s eye view.
Have a look at some of the maps from this year’s project.
Video Presentation Summarizing Through Their Eyes Project Findings
Keeping up with the project tradition, in December Paula Gardner’s students, community partners and seniors from 413 Linwell Road gathered to share and learn about the project findings. The reflections of understanding and gratitude were accompanied by the sounds of laughter, enjoyment, and tears as, once again, the Through Their Eyes project opened hearts and minds.
Paula presented back to the residents what had been learned from them about the positives, negatives and opportunities for change in their community based on the domains of age-friendliness. A few of the students had prepared some words to share about their experience with the project, too. The presentation was well-received, with a few residents adding comments and kind words about their own experience with the project.
Take a moment to look through some of the photos from the event!