Stephanie Hatzifilalithis is a PhD candidate in the Department of Health, Aging, and Society at McMaster University, working under the supervision of Professor Amanda Grenier at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Stephanie has been awarded a SSHRC doctoral scholarship, Ontario Graduate/Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology, and the Wilson Leadership Scholar Award. Her work focuses on intergenerationality and ageism and brings an interdisciplinary lens to challenges facing aging populations with a BSc Hons in Psychology from the International Faculty of The University of Sheffield and a MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London, UK. She is passionate about building intergenerational connections through innovative knowledge mobilization practice. With a focus on co-housing; solidarity; and equity, her dissertation research looks at how intergenerational landscapes are understood in the 21st century and investigates how new configurations (i.e., Senior and student co-housing) influence later life through ethnographic and community based research. Stephanie also works closely with the Toronto Council on Aging on the topic of Age- Friendly Businesses.
Age-friendly Business: A Scoping Review
Stephanie Hatzifilalithis, McMaster University, Canada
There is an increased interest in the idea of age friendliness, yet the available insights on age-friendly businesses are scattered across a range of fields and disciplines. This paper presents the findings of a scoping review encompassing the international literature related to age friendly businesses. This involved a review of identifying and exploring the conceptual understandings of age friendly businesses. A total of 20 studies met inclusion criteria. The findings revealed promising directions for research including but not limited to the intersections between the physical and social environments and the growing need for businesses to be open to accessibility across the various stages of life for its patrons. This review can be used to guide future research, concept development and to strengthen the current evidence based on age-friendly businesses. We conclude by outlining the need for research to identify the growing multi-dimensional features of age friendliness in the context of business and the need to link theory and practice for better implementation.