Blog Post: Learn more about Seniors Helping as Research Partners (SHARP) and Your Healthcare System

The Geriatric Health Systems (GHS) Research Group is a team of researchers, students, and research staff at the University of Waterloo. We work closely with health system organizations and stakeholders, such as older adults, to ensure that our research is relevant to practice and policy.

The Seniors Helping as Research Partners (SHARP) network is a group of older adults who meet every 6 to 8 weeks with the GHS group to talk about ways to improve the health care system. Our goal is to learn from patients and their families and develop research priorities and relationships that can help improve the health care system for older adults.

As a SHARP member, what will you do?

SHARP members are partners in GHS research. You have the chance to be involved in many ways:

  • Help choose research topics
  • Provide input on the design of research
  • Give feedback on research findings
  • Help make or edit brochures, bulletins, and other resources

What have SHARP members done in the past?

  • Helped influence the Ontario Dementia Strategy
  • Reviewed and edited a patient experience survey, which is now used in Ontario care settings
  • Presented in an aging class and at conferences and events

Join us at our next SHARP group meeting on Monday, January 29, 2018 from 2:30 – 4:00 PM in the conference room, where we will meet members from the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). The LHIN plays a role in much of the care and health services offered in your city. You will get the chance to hear from your LHIN about who they are, who they work with, and what health care services they influence. The LHIN also wants to hear about your health care experiences and any topics that interest you!

If you are interested in more information or volunteering with the SHARP network, please contact Jacobi Elliott directly through email: or at 519-888-4567 ext. 38982