Overview

Are you interested in the studies of aging and late life? The Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging is currently welcoming new members.

The Gilbrea Centre has four membership groups: associate faculty members, graduate students, older persons and community organizations.  These groups work together to fulfill our mandate outstanding inter-disciplinary research; translating research results into policy and care practices;  developing successful partnerships in the public and private sectors; engaging in effective and sustained community outreach and partnerships; and increasing the range and prominence of aging studies in the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate curriculum.

Associate Members

The Associate Members group is comprised of faculty members from across the University, and serves to facilitate interdisciplinary research and exchange through the Centre. Located in the Faculty of Social Sciences, a number of our Associate members teach in the Department of Health, Aging and Society. Our membership also extends across the campus, with the varied disciplinary composition of the Gilbrea Centre's Associate Members helping to achieve our mandate, increase the visibility of research on aging, and facilitate meaningful forms of knowledge sharing. 

Interested in learning more about membership? Please email gilbrea@mcmaster.ca

 

Social Sciences and Humanities

Gavin Andrews

Health, Aging and Society, Social Sciences
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Lori Campbell

Health, Aging and Society, Social Sciences
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Vikki Cecchetto

Linguistics and Languages, Humanities
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Amelia DeFalco

English and Cultural Studies, Humanities
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Margaret Denton

Health, Aging and Society, Social Sciences
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James Dunn

Health, Aging and Society, Social Sciences
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Chelsea Gabel

Health, Aging and Society, Social Sciences
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James Gillett

Health, Aging and Society, Social Sciences
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Jessica Gish

Health, Aging and Society, Social Sciences
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James Gladstone

School of Social Work, Social Sciences
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Igor Gontcharov

Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Social Sciences
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Amanda Grenier

Health, Aging and Society , Social Sciences
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Meridith Griffin

Health, Aging and Society, Social Sciences
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Michel Grignon

Health, Aging and Society, Social Sciences
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David Harris Smith

Communication Studies and Multimedia, Humanitites
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Jeremiah Hurley

Economics, Social Sciences
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Randy Jackson

School of Social Work, Social Sciences
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Anju Joshi

Health, Aging and Society, Social Sciences
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Jessica Pace

Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Social Sciences
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Ellen Ryan

Health, Aging and Society, Social Sciences
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Mat Savelli

Health, Aging & Society, Social Sciences
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Chris Sinding

Health, Aging and Society, Social Sciences
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Magda Stroinska

Linguistics and Languages, Humanities
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Michael Veall

Economics, Social Sciences
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Rachel Zhou

School of Social Work, Social Sciences
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McMaster University

Vanina Dal Bello Haas

School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Health Sciences
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Maureen Dobbins

School of Nursing, Health Sciences
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Brock Dubbels

Computing and Software, Engineering
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Qiyin Fang

Engineering Physics, Engineering
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Robert Fleisig

Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice, Engineering
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Karin Humphreys

Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, Science
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Sharon Kaasalainen

School of Nursing, Health Sciences
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Lori Letts

School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Health Sciences
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Janet Lovegrove

School of Nursing, Health Sciences
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Maureen Markle-Reid

School of Nursing, Health Sciences
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Carrie McAiney

Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, Science
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Stephen McBride

Political Science
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Bruce Newbold

School of Geography and Earth Sciences, Science
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Mark Oremus

Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatisics, Health Sciences
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Antonio Páez

School of Geography and Earth Sciences, Science
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Jenny Ploeg

School of Nursing, Health Sciences
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Darren Scott

School of Geography and Earth Sciences, Science
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Allison B. Sekuler

Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, Science
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Patricia Strachan

School of Nursing, Health Sciences
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Brenda Vrkljan

School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Health Sciences
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Allison Williams

School of Geography and Earth Sciences, Science
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John You

Medicine, Health Sciences
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Isik Zeytinoglu

Management and Industrial Relations, DeGroote School of Business
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Other Universities

Rachel Barken

Department of Sociology
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Ellie Berger

Sociology, Arts and Science
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Alexander Crizzle

School of Public Health and Health Systems, Applied Health Sciences
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Charles Emlet

School of Social Work, Social Sciences
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Laura Hurd Clarke

School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Education
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Stephen Katz

Sociology, Arts and Science
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Pia Kontos

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
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Brad Millington

Department of Health, Humanities and Social Sciences
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Kristine Newman

Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Community Services
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Debbie Rudman

School of Occupational Therapy, Health Sciences
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Mark Skinner

Geography, Geography
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Laura Tamblyn-Watts

Canadian Centre for Elder Law
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Peter Whitehouse

Neurology, Health Sciences
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Student Members

Students are future researchers, policy makers, professionals, and clinicians from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Our graduate student group is a peer-led group of students with interests in aging. Members of this group provide insight into new knowledge in their field of study, network with other Centres and groups, and carry out events and activities as part of our programming. Student members serve an integral role at the Centre working alongside faculty, clinical researchers, community professionals, and seniors.

Are you a student looking to connect with our student group? Please email gilbrea@mcmaster.ca

  • Stefania Cerisano

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  • Catherine Dyer

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  • Rachel Estok

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  • Charles Furlotte

      furlotcr@mcmaster.ca

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  • Kelsey Harvey - Social Coordinator

      harvek1@mcmaster.ca

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  • Stephanie Hatzifilalithis - Secretary/Communications

      hatzifis@mcmaster.ca

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  • Allee Holland

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  • Sasha Johnstone

      johnss36@mcmaster.ca

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  • Julieta Lazo-Zelada

      julieta_lazo@hotmail.com

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  • Jeffrey Liu

      jeffreybo.liu@gmail.com

  • Grace Martin

      martingk@mcmaster.ca

  • Alison McNeil - Co-Chair

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  • Sherry Nesbitt

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  • Kathleen Oliver - Co-Chair

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  • Samantha Rossi

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  • Thipiga Sivayoganathan

      sivayot@mcmaster.ca

  • Daina Stanley

      stanld@mcmaster.ca

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  • Rachel Weldrick - Academic Coordinator

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Student Alumni

Senior-Scholar-in-Residence

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Margaret Denton, Professor Emeritus (Health, Aging & Society), to the Centre as Senior-Scholar-in-Residence. 

I am very pleased to be appointed Senior-Scholar-in-Residence in Social Sciences working through the Gilbrea Studies on Aging. In this role I will continue working with faculty, students, research staff and community partners on research related to the health and well-being of older adults. Of particular interest to me are issues related to the delivery and receipt of home and community care, as well as retirement planning and income. Currently I am working with Dr. Isik Zeytinoglu and Dr. Catherine Brookman on a study of the health and safety of personal support workers in home care. I am also Vice President of the Hamilton Council on Aging and in this role I am leading the initiative to make Hamilton an age-friendly city. We are working with the City of Hamilton, and many other partner organizations, including the Gilbrea Centre to implement and evaluate Hamilton’s Plan for an Age-Friendly City. Also working with the Hamilton Public Library and Inform Hamilton, the Hamilton Council on Aging is implementing and Older Adult Peer Connector Programto help senior link to the resources they may need to promote their optimal aging.  

 
For those interested in learning more, check out the following publications:

Denton, M., Brookman, C., Zeytinoglu, I.U., Plenderleith, J., & Barken, R. 2015. Task shifting in the provision of home and social care in Ontario, Canada: Implications for quality of care, Health and Social Care in the Community, 23(5): 445-455.

Denton, M., Plenderleith, J., & Chowhan. 2013. Health and Disability as Determinants for Involuntary Retirement of People with Disabilities. Canadian Journal on Aging, 32: 1-15.

Tindale, J., Denton, M., Ploeg, J., Hutchison, B., Brazil, K., Akhtar-Danesh, N., & Plenderleith, J.M. 2011. Social determinants of Older Adults’ Awareness of Community Support Services in Hamilton, Ontario. Health and Social Care in the Community, 19(6): 1365-2524.

Seniors Helping Advance Research Excellence

Seniors Helping Advance Research Excellence (S.H.A.R.E.) is a volunteer research group administered by the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging.

The involvement of seniors is central to the Centre’s mandate and the senior’s group allows for a more active and meaningful relationships between seniors, the Centre, and all of our membership groups. 

The SHARE group is a group of seniors aged 55 + who volunteer to participate in graduate and faculty research on a variety of topics.  These projects address topics such as successful aging, communication, memory volunteering, and health.  Participation is always voluntary and members can choose which studies they will participate in.  All information is used for research purposes only and is kept strictly confidential.

Are you a senior who would like to be more involved in research and Centre activities? 

Click here to register for S.H.A.R.E.

Partner Organizations

The Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging has longstanding relationships with several groups and organizations who work with older people. These collaborative relationships help us to create new knowledge, foster research relevant to community need, and provide our partners with cutting edge research and suggestions for best practices. Partnerships with the community are an important aspect of knowledge exchange between faculty members, students, seniors and the community.

Community partners of the centre will have opportunities to participate in Centre events and activities; co-host or partner on events; connect with faculty or student researchers around social and inter-disciplinary aspects of aging; develop, lead or participate in co-run research projects; and/or access professional development or training sessions. 

Interested in becoming a partner?

Click here to become a partner

Our Partner Organizations

Dementia Alliance

On April 1, 2010, the Alzheimer Societies of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk and Hamilton Halton integrated their delivery of services to those affected by dementia under a new corporation called Dementia Alliance. This corporation is composed of three board members from each of the local Societies, and was developed to create efficiencies and ensure the best use of our financial and human resources to meet the needs of persons affected by dementia across our communities. The local Societies continue to exist and act as the local face of our services, fundraising and public awareness efforts. Currently, Dementia Alliance has more than 70 full and part-time staff delivering services in the local communities.

Dundas Community Services

Dundas Community Services is located in the heart of downtown Dundas. Our mission is…“to provide or facilitate services that enhance the social well-being and development of the community”. We have information, programs and service available to enhance the quality of life in our community. As well, we provide; services for seniors and persons with disabilities, information, counselling and referral services, volunteer services, family and individual counselling and co-ordinated services.

Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant CCAC

Your Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) connects you with the care you need, at home and in your community.  Our dedicated professional staff and management are guided by our vision and mission, and we strive to live our values as we deliver your care each and every day.

Ontario's 14 CCACs share a common vision and mission.  We recognize that each community is unique – to reflect this, our values are developed by each CCAC locally. 

 

Hamilton CARP

CARP is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to a ‘New Vision of Aging for Canada’ promoting social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination. Our mandate is to promote and protect the interests, rights and quality of life for Canadians as we age.  


Trent Centre for Aging & Society

Leveraging its strategic location in one of Canada’s most rapidly aging communities and its interdisciplinary strengths in Social Sciences and Humanities research, Trent University has prioritized the Trent Centre for Aging and Society as a key academic research, knowledge mobilization and community engagement initiative.The Centre's research mandate is to: cultivate new areas of scholarship in aging studies; enhance Trent's existing capacity in the study of aging and old age; and support community engagement that is responsive to the challenges and opportunities facing older people and aging communities.

AGE-WELL

AGE-WELL is a pan-Canadian network of industry, non-profit organizations, government, care providers, caregivers, end-users, and academic partners working together using high-quality research to drive innovation and create technologies and services that benefit older adults. Thier vision is to harness and build upon the potential of emerging and advanced technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), e-health, information communication technologies (ICTs), and mobile technologies to stimulate technological, social, and policy innovation.

Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences (GERAS) Centre

The Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences (GERAS) Centre is committed to educating and empowering seniors to regain and retain independence and to manage their health through active participation in their care. These new models of care engage family members and build capacity for support within the community. The experts at St. Peter’s are also dedicated to advancing health care education for the present and next generation of health care professionals. Through innovative research the GERAS Centre will close the gap between knowing and doing to contribute to improved quality of life for seniors.

Hamilton Council on Aging

The Hamilton Council on Aging (HCoA) is a senior-driven initiative that was founded by a group of concerned citizens in the community.

HCoA is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all seniors in Hamilton.

Our strength is in our membership. A volunteer Board of Directors, subcommittees, as well as HCoA staff, volunteers and community partners work together to support current projects and community initiatives.

Wesley Urban Ministries

Wesley Urban Ministries offers daily support, every step of the way, to over 1, 250 children, youth, adults and seniors living in poverty in Hamilton. As a multi-service organization, Wesley has a portfolio of over 30 different programs in 19 locations in the areas of: Children, Youth & Family Services, Housing & Homeless Services and Neighbourhood & Newcomer Services.  The long-term impact of our programs includes improved education, successful employment and supportive independence.  Wesley has been responding to poverty in the Hamilton community since 1955, when a senior’s outreach program began in the basement of Wesley United Church in downtown Hamilton.  Wesley’s services are possible through a broad base of funding support from government, business, foundations, individuals and churches. 

YWCA Hamilton

YWCA Hamilton has been a part of the Hamilton community for 126 years. As a women’s led organization, YWCA is committed to offering valuable programs and services to groups of all ages with diverse backgrounds and needs. The organization is engaged in community collaborative activities and planning groups to work with government and non-profit  partners in a variety of sectors to improve the quality of life for women and their families. These collaborative activities and community planning initiatives address issues including but not limited to: poverty, housing and homelessness, violence against women, child care, adults with developmental disabilities, youth services, and supports for an aging population. 

AbleLiving

 

AbleLiving is a non-profit charity that has been serving adults with physical disabilities for more than thirty-five years. We provide the assistance that people may need to manage their lives as independent adults. In addition to a wide array of supportive care options we offer training in life skills, self-development, falls prevention and dementia care. Among our clients are adults with physical disabilities, elderly people who are becoming frail, and family members who need respite from the role of caregiver. We provide services and accommodation in several communities: Burlington, Binbrook, Mississauga, Stoney Creek, and Hamilton.

 

Thrive Group

Thrive Group provides a spectrum of integrated services to support and care for individuals to live as independently as possible. By bringing together like-minded organizations Thrive Group develops and delivers quality services that are responsive and innovative, enhances collaborative approaches to service provision, informs government directives and influences health care system transformations, and creates efficiencies and reduces duplication.

St. Joseph’s Home Care

Since 1921 St. Joseph’s Home Care has provided high quality, values-based home and community services in a spirit of compassion and dedication. At SJHC we tailor our home care programs to meet the needs of each individual client. We serve a wide variety of clients with diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. As a faith-based organization, we are committed to serving all clients regardless of their beliefs or background. Our organization reflects the diversity of ethnicity, culture and religion in our community. We understand and respect each individual’s requirements and are sensitive to each individual’s beliefs and spiritual care needs.

Realize

Realize, formerly known as the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR), is a national organization that has been a leader and a catalyst for improved access to rehabilitation services for people living with HIV and other episodic disabilities since 1998. Through research, education, policy and practice, Realize works to create change for people living with HIV and other episodic disabilities – to make their daily lives better, so that they can live well and live fully. HIV and aging is one of our strategic directions and we are proud to serve as the secretariat for the National Coordinating Committee on HIV and Aging (NCC).

Elder Abuse Ontario

Elder Abuse Ontario is a not-for-profit charitable organization that was established in 1990 and is funded by the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat. Their mission is to create an Ontario where all seniors are free from abuse through awareness, education, training, collaboration, service co-ordination and advocacy.  The Senior Safety Line, 1-866-299-1011, provides contact and referral information across the province and is available in 150 languages. 

Centre Staff

At the Gilbrea Centre, we can help to facilitate connections between research staff, faculty members, students and our partners. We can also provide a number of services for a fee including assistance with budgets, ethics proposals, and organization of events or workshops.

Are you a partner organization looking for assistance with a literature review, research project or event. Please contact our Research Manager Amanda Bradford-Janke.

Research Staff