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Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba
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Type of institution
The Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba, was established on July 1, 1982, with a mandate to serve as a focal point for the conduct of research on aging. The Centre has developed a national and international reputation for excellence in research.
The experiences of aging individuals and the dynamics of an aging society are investigated using rigorous scientific standards. Community representatives contribute to projects, and the Centre distributes its findings to administrators, policy makers, practitioners, and seniors to assist them in making decisions.
The Centre on Aging believes listening to older adults and those who work with them ensures more appropriate research. Dialogue is encouraged through:
- An annual spring symposium which brings together researchers and community representatives;
- Informal seminars on current research and future directions;
- Public lectures by internationally renowned researchers; and
- A newsletter published three times each year.
To be a recognized leader in research in aging, to improve the lives of older adults, their caregivers and families, and to enhance communities within and outside of Manitoba.
Main research areas
- Researchers are studying chronic health problems, such as the prevalence of and risk factors for dementia, arthritis, and factors related to depression.
Health Support/Service Use
- Researchers are studying health service use among older adults, such as nursing home use, hospital use, use of adult day care, rehabilitation, and support services. Issues around end-of-life care are also being examined.
- Researchers are studying the role of family and friends as caregivers for older adults, the amount and type of assistance they provide, and the effect of care giving on caregivers.
- Researchers are studying financial, physical, and psychological abuse experienced by older adults.
- Researchers are studying medication-related problems experienced by older adults, the effectiveness of medication in the treatment of chronic health problems, the effect of consumer-oriented drug information, and chemical processes underlying Alheimer's Disease.
- Researchers are studying the consequences of early brain damage to normal aging, the changes in memory function with advancing age, neuronal plasticity, as well as memory encoding/impairments after stroke, trauma, and seizure activity.
Health and Well-Being
- Researchers are studying successful aging, self-care practices, substance abuse, nutrition, and older adults' adjustments to changes in health.
- Researchers are studying the relation between lifestyle factors, such as physical activity and leisure activity, health and well-being, as well as age-friendly communities.
Transportation and Driving
- Researchers are studying factors related to older adults' ability to drive, and issues around pedestrian and road safety.
- Researchers are studying Supportive Housing, and housing needs of individuals with dementia.
- Researchers are studying advertising directed at older consumers and memory.
- Researchers are studying the interrelationship between aging, disabilities and the labour market, as well as issues concerning work and income of elderly persons.
- Researchers are studying intergenerational differences in reactions to Hollywood melodramas
Dr. Verena Menec (Director)
Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba
338 Isbister Building