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Heterogeneity in Health and Aging

Details: Heterogeneity in Health and Aging. A few years ago, Dale Dannefer and I were invited to participate in a conference, specifically to offer …

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Mental Health & Aging: Why mental illness in later life warrants …

Details: It is this such argument that can help to draw attention to marginalization and vulnerability in late life, and thus a greater prioritization of mental health and aging in social and health research. The persistent ideas that older people with mental health issues do not represent a large enough group to merit attention, and that older people

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Doing age: how are our daily practices throughout the life course

Details: Emily Cichonski is a Master’s student studying health & aging at McMaster University. Her research interests pertain to complementary and alternative medicine, women’s health, and health care services and delivery. ageism autonomy chronological age life course.

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A capabilities approach to healthy ageing: Towards more …

Details: Christine Stephens co-leads the cross-disciplinary Health and Ageing Research Team in the School of Psychology at Massey University where she is a Professor of Social Science Research. The focus of the team’s activity is a longitudinal study of quality of life in ageing (Health, Work and Retirement study) which has conducted bi-annual surveys

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Being physically active is just one way to age

Details: However, when it comes to ageing, positioning physically active leisure pursuits primarily as a health measure in promotion and policy is problematic, especially when one considers the randomness of many age-related diseases, the inevitability of the physiological ageing process and the socio-cultural determinants of health outcomes (Gard

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Caring for the Carers: Family caregivers for those at the end of life

Details: Catherine is a Masters student within the Department of Health and Aging at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Grenier. She completed her BA in Human Relations, Minor Psychology, with Distinction from Concordia University in June 2014 and was awarded The Robert C. Rae Book Prize, for the most outstanding graduate within

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Visual memoing' as a critical self-reflective practice INCG

Details: From 2006 until 2010, I volunteered in the geriatric unit at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (University Health Network). Once a week, I met with a diverse inpatient population of older people (aged 65+) who were recovering from a recent surgical procedure. More than half of the patients attended two-hour haemodialysis therapy appointments 6

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Ageism: Why Cultural Competency of Aging Matters

Details: Note: The authors originally prepared this piece as a policy brief for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the section on Aging.. Grumpy, frail, sick. Stereotypes of aging are pervasive in the American mindset. The media, use of language, and culture facilitate negative images of aging and often depict older adults as cantankerous …

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Defining Social Isolation as a Political Concept – by Sarah …

Details: These conditions are key to framing health and social well-being in older adulthood and throughout the life-course. In addition to community-based, clinical programs and awareness campaigns that address the isolation of individuals, there is a need to interrogate dominant understandings of isolation and its effect on aging populations as they

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Guardianship of the Infantilized Elder: A Pipeline to the Institution

Details: We believe that this approach, with appropriate safeguards, oversight and subject to regular review, will disrupt the pipeline from guardianship to institution industrial complex. It will help reset clocks and calendars for heretofore infantilized adults and restore dignity, autonomy and adult status to the decision-making process. References.

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‘Successful aging’: Sacred or Profane

Details: Her program of research focuses on how experiences of everyday discrimination shape inequalities of aging health within and across societies with implications for unequal access to social participation and self-management among key populations. She has published over 20 peer reviewed articles and a co-edited book on these topics and directed

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Ageing, Dementia and the Social Mind: New Agendas and …

Details: February 2017 saw the publication of a special issue of the journal Sociology of Health and Illness dedicated to exploring the links between ageing, dementia and the social mind.Published as part of the journal’s annual monograph series, the volume allowed a number of key researchers to reflect on the nature of the relationship between society, culture and …

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End-of-life care in nursing homes: Allowing for self-determined …

Details: Our research project “ End of Life and Diversity in Nursing Homes ” was inspired by the social interactionist classics on dying in hospitals by Glaser & Strauss (1968) and Sudnow (1967); it used the notion of ‘doing death’ – inspired by the concept of ‘doing gender’ (West & Zimmerman, 1987) – and specifically focused on how

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Resilience in Old Age by Janine Wiles INCG

Details: Janine is an Associate Professor in Population Health at the University of Auckland. She is a geographer and gerontologist, and uses a critical positive ageing framework. Her research encompasses three disciplinary areas: social/health geographies, critical social gerontologies, and community health; and link three themes: care, place, and ageing.

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Team Members International Network for Critical Gerontology …

Details: End-of-life care in nursing homes: Allowing for self-determined… January 24, 2019

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Culture, Aging and Social Capital

Details: The relationship between social capital and health gains has been well established in the gerontological literature. In particular, indicators of social capital such as trust, networks, neighbourhood cohesion and norms of reciprocity have been shown to be associated with longer life expectancies, reduced rates of non-communicable diseases (Kim, et al 2008), and a …

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The contradictions of ‘house’ and ‘home’: The challenge of older

Details: With affordable housing, home care, and institutional care generally unavailable or difficult to access, older homeless people with health and support needs and/or reduced social and familial networks age ‘on the streets’, in shelters, and hospitals—locations that fall short of the ideals of home, place, and community.

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Mindful communication about aging by Craig Fowler INCG

Details: Mindful communication about aging. John Mahoney, who played the lovably gruff father of the Crane brothers on Frasier died very recently. Over eleven seasons, millions of us watched and laughed as he and his sons butted heads, found themselves bewildered by one another, and gradually moved from a state of near estrangement to one of affection

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Masculinity and Aging in Home Support: Unwanted Sexual Attention

Details: Rachel Barken and Joanie Sims-Gould. Rachel Barken PhD (right) is an Ontario Women's Health Scholars Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at York University. Her research and teaching interests include aging, health, gender, and disability. She has published in journals including Aging & Society, Sociology Compass, Qualitative Health

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5 Reasons to Adopt a More Critical Perspective on “Successful …

Details: 3) Successful aging at work focuses primarily on the maintenance of work performance (as the main goal of most organizations) and productivity (as an important societal goal) as objective indicators of “success”. In doing so, it disregards other potential indicators, such as generativity (i.e., helping and guiding members of the younger

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Ageing and Globalisation

Details: These spatial transformations raise a number of questions for gerontologists and older people alike. To answer these questions, we focused on 4 key dimensions of ageing and later life: 1) health and healthcare; 2) work and financial circumstances, 3) culture and identity, and 4) politics and policies. Throughout the book we drew on a wide range

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How to Disseminate and Scale Up Social Innovations for Aging …

Details: Aging policy is mainly related to the social problems and health issues of older adults or the aging population and often aims to build a “society for all ages” as described in the “Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing” (2002). This approach may be expanded as the quality of life of older people is increasing, and we are more

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The Past in the Present: Ageing and the Workhouse Inheritance

Details: Robertson is a geographer with experience in health, ageing, disability and multicultural issues. His PhD research was on the geography of Alzheimer's disease and is interested in spatial science applications in the health, ageing and disability sectors including spatial visualisation as a tool for collaborative research and analysis.

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Public library programming in Canada: Constructing age and …

Details: Kaitlin Wynia. Kaitlin is a PhD student in Health Studies under the supervision of Dr. James Gillett at McMaster University. Kaitlin recently graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS where she focused on learning more about how Canadian Armed Forces Veteran families demonstrate family resiliency in light of the stresses associated with leaving …

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Retirement Pathways in Flux for White-Collar Boomers INCG

Details: Workplace policies, financial stability, and health, constrained the Boomers we interviewed. Many remarked that inflexible employment policies that did not allow phased retirement and telework limited their options. Others kept working because they could not afford to retire, particularly if they owed money on their mortgage, had large medical

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Cross-generational letter-writing by Georgina Binnie INCG

Details: by Georgina Binnie March 7, 2019 1 comment. This blog post focuses on research from Writing Back, an intergenerational letter-writing project that aims to shed new light on loneliness by matching University of Leeds students as pen pals with older, Yorkshire residents. From an initial cohort of twenty-eight participants in 2014, the scheme has

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Dementia is changing. Social media arguments show us how INCG

Details: James Rupert Fletcher is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King’s College London. His research focuses on the dynamics of informal dementia care networks in the United Kingdom. He is interested in interpretative approaches to dementia, as well as dementia research more broadly, the health and social

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Migration and aging: publications at the intersection between

Details: Sandra Torres. As a critical social gerontologist, Prof. Torres – who holds both a Professorship in Sociology and the Chair in Social Gerontology at Uppsala University as well as a Guest Professorship in Aging at Linköping University – has conducted numerous studies that problematize old age-related constructs; shed critical light on commonly used methods in …

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Design and Social Innovation in an Ageing Society

Details: Demographic change and caregiving are indisputable realities that concern all of us as human beings. For example, despite different chances of spending later years in good health and well-being that vary between countries, the popularity of the buzzword of “ageing actively” expresses a shared idea about the importance of rejecting ideas of dependency and …

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“It’s so good that you’re looking after them” by Laura Funk INCG

Details: In health care settings, patients and families interpret their experiences and negotiate their implications for identities in relation to moral imperatives of care and responsibility, and health care workers might reflect on how they use and respond to these discourses in their interactions. A key problem in affirming identities is that “the

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‘Homelike’ long-term care: An achievable goal

Details: The concept of home is now being taken up by many long-term care facilities who wish to provide comfortable living arrangements for their residents. In terms of care policies, the notion of ‘home’ also tends to be idealized in both regulated and unregulated settings (Peace & Holland, 2001; Braedley & Martel, 2015).

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Paul Higgs and Chris Gilleard

Details: Paul Higgs is Professor of the Sociology of Ageing in the Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL. He co-authored with Chris Gilleard Rethinking Old Age: Theorizing the Fourth Age (2015) and Personhood, Identity and Care in Advanced Old Age (2016). He is editor of Social Theory and Health and has published extensively in both social gerontology and

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Neoliberalism and Resilience Among Older Yoruba People in a …

Details: Ojo Melvin Agunbiade is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Obafemi Awolowo University. He teaches courses on sociological theory, social research methods, and sociology of health. His research interests include sexual health, aging, youth, gender and society, traditional medicine and develop­ment.

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Queer Aging: Implications for Social Work Practice

Details: The social work profession has rapidly increased its awareness and inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity issues in practice discourse in recent years. This increased awareness includes aging issues and extends the profession’s commitment to the well-being of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) older adults.

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Savoring as a Beneficial Practice for Later Life

Details: Savoring is a beneficial practice because it allows people to identify, augment, and prolong their positive emotions resulting in protective benefits in the present and in the future. This can be particularly beneficial for older adults. Indeed, current research on the effects of savoring for adults aged 60+ suggests adhering to a daily

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Janine Wiles, Author at International Network for Critical …

Details: Janine Wiles. Janine is an Associate Professor in Population Health at the University of Auckland. She is a geographer and gerontologist, and uses a critical positive ageing framework. Her research encompasses three disciplinary areas: social/health geographies, critical social gerontologies, and community health; and link three themes: care

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Constructions of loneliness among older people in the Swedish …

Details: When reading local, national, and international news-papers, loneliness has almost the status of an epidemic disease and a major public health issue which needs to be treated. Headlines such as “Loneliness – deadlier than 15 cigarettes a day” [1] or “Loneliness ‘forces older people into hospitals’” [2] are common ways in which

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The Intersection of Resilience, Climate Change and Aging

Details: The Intersection of Resilience, Climate Change and Aging. by Martha Paterson-Cohen November 10, 2017. by Martha Paterson-Cohen November 10, 2017 1 comment. Gerontology is a relatively new field of study, which recognized the challenges of the coming population aging (longevity plus baby boomer demographics). Although originating as a field of

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