Gail Low, RN, BSN, MA (Gerontology), PhD (Human and Social Development)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Contact

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing
Email
gaill@ualberta.ca
Address
5-219 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9

Overview

About

Degrees

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Alberta (2009-2011)
  • PhD (Nursing) University of Victoria (2006)
  • MA (Gerontology), Simon Fraser University (2000)

Currently, I serve as a reviewer for a number of international journals including Quality of Life Research and Research in Nursing & Health, and for the International Society for Quality of Life and the Canadian Association on Gerontology. I also review grants for the Canadian Lung Association and the Canadian Thoracic Society, and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. I am on the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research editorial board.


Research

My program of research focuses on factors that enhance and take away from quality of life and psychological well-being at midlife and in older age. I also test measurement instruments and analyze large data sets pertaining to quality of life, psychological well-being, and physically and mentally adapting to aging. I have worked with a number of international students and scholars on projects related to spirituality and religion, living with chronic respiratory disease and stroke, and intimate relationships in older age. A key focus of my research work on mentally healthy living at midlife and in later life is knowledge sharing through community engagements. Mental health and social isolation are paramount issues in post-pandemic society (https://www.un.org/en/un-chronicle/pandemic-accelerant-how-covid-19-advanced-our-mental-health-priorities; https://www.who.int/groups/commission-on-social-connection">https://www.who.int/groups/commission-on-social-connection).

For more information, please visit: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gail_Low/contributions







Teaching

Fundamentals of Nursing

Leadership

Statistics

Research Methods


Announcements

Community Engagement Excerpts:
  1. Canadian Association on Gerontology. https://www.cag2023.ca/_files/ugd/efbed2_85381069927a4bfe99efbde1f07c1ef1.pdf
  2. CFCW Radio (November 30, 2023). Mentally Healthy Living after Social Distancing. Ag Show Feature. URL pending.
  3. Rutherford, G. (November 27, 2023). https://www.ualberta.ca/folio/2023/11/researchers-serve-up-a-menu-for-mental-and-nutritional-health
  4. Alberta Gerontological Nurses Association: Mentally Healthy Living after Social Distancing. Invited Presentation. January 2024.
  5. LaMantia, A. (August 23, 2023). Mentally Healthy Living Post-COVID-19: Experiencing troubling anxiety? Add these two strategies to your mental health toolbox! Renaissance Magazine – The Retired Teachers of Ontario Magazine. https://erenaissance.rtoero.ca/mentally-healthy-living-post-covid-19
  6. The Age Collective (July 2, 2022). New Old – Stories and perspective to tackle ageism and re-define aging. https://www.theagecollective.com/stories/
  7. Low, Gail, Gloria Gutman, and Zhiwei Gao (May 31, 2022). https://rtoero.ca/webinar-mentally-healthy-living-after-social-distancing-a-study-of-older-canadians Webinar: Mentally Healthy Living after Social Distancing. Attendees: 500.
  8. Ageism. Discussion seminar. South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA). October 2019. Edmonton.

  9. Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Aging in Place; Sexuality and sexual well-being. https://link.springer.com/referencework/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2




Courses

NURS 124 - Foundations of Nursing I

The course explores the meanings of health and healing. It highlights the diversity of beliefs, values, and perceptions of health. The course introduces the Canadian Health Care System, conceptual frameworks of health promotion, determinants of health, disease and injury prevention, and primary health care. The focus is on the nurse/client relationship in a relational practice context. Note: Available only to nursing students in the Collaborative Program. Prerequisites: MMI 133, NURS 106 (or NURS 140 and 150), and NURS 120 (or NURS 103). Corequisite: NURS 125 (or NURS 105). Students must achieve a minimum grade of C+ in order to progress in the program. Credit may be obtained for only one of NURS 124 or 103.


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Featured Publications

Gail Low, Alex Bacadini França, Donna M Wilson, Gloria Gutman, Sofia von Humboldt

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2023 November; 20 (22 (Special Issue: Health and well-being in midlife ad healthy aging)):7035 10.3390/ijerph20227035


Low, G., Wilson, D., Gutman, G., Zhiwei, G., França, A., Vitorino, L., von Humboldt, S., Allana, H., & Kolskog, M.

RTOERO Foundation Site/ERA (CC-BY-NC). 2023 August; 10.7939/r3-qtw2-5a58


von Humboldt, S., Low, G., & Leal, I

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022 April; 19 (7):1-13 10.3390/ijerph19074277


Gail Low, Sofia von Humboldt, Mary Kalfoss, Isabel Leal, Donna Wilson

Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging.


Carla Bierhals, Gail Low, Lisianne Paskulin

Applied Nursing Research. 47


Donna Wilson, Begonia Errasti-Ibarrondo, Gail Low

Ageing Research Reviews. 51