Overview

The Gilbrea Centre brings together researchers from many disciplines to pursue leading edge research in critically important areas of aging.  Research, scholarship and knowledge exchange are carried out in five thematic areas that respond to contemporary and future issues facing older people in Canada.

To learn more about program areas and themes click on each title in the graphic below.
Gilbrea Research Programs and Cross Cutting Themes Model

Research Projects and Networks

The Centre provides a wide range of support for member led research-related activities. These activities include, but are not limited to: financial management of awards, monitoring project timelines and deliverables, facilitating institutional transfer agreements, hiring project specific staff, assiting with knowledge mobilization events, and academic reporting to funders.

Please contact our Research Manager to learn more about how we can support you as a member of the Centre and your funded research activities (gilbrea@mcmaster.ca or 905-525-9140 ext. 24449).

Current Centre Projects


Precarity and aging: unequal experiences in contemporary late life

Amanda Grenier Director, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Health, Aging and Society , Social Sciences


The aging of societies is globally recognized, with governments focused on planning for the needs of ‘greying’ populations. Yet, while there is growing evidence of inequality in late life, and attention to the impacts of precarity caused by labour and migration in earlier periods of the life course, research has often overlooked precarity in late life. Our research team will explore ‘precarious aging’ at three locations of inequality: older people with low income, older people who are foreign born, and older people with disabilities. This five-year project will use mixed methods that include conceptual reviews, semi-structured interviews with key informants and older people, analysis of statistical and administrative data, and policy analysis to: 1) Understand contemporary experiences of precarity and aging; 2) Examine the adequacy of existing conceptual frameworks and approaches to precarity and inequality; 3) Assess features of local, provincial, national, and international policies to determine challenges, and identify key areas for change in policy and programs. The results of this project will contribute to better conceptual understandings of precarity and inequality in later life, and establish a foundation upon which to base policy and practice recommendations. Results will also make substantial contributions to knowledge in social gerontology, and our respective disciplines of social work, occupational therapy, sociology and political science.

For more information, place contact Dr. Grenier at grenier@mcmaster.ca

http://precariousaging.com/

International Network for Critical Gerontology

Amanda Grenier Director, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Health, Aging and Society , Social Sciences


The International Network for Critical Gerontology brings together international scholars and graduate students interested in critical approaches to the study of aging and late life. Based at McMaster University in Canada, this virtual network links international scholars from various disciplinary perspectives in the humanities and social sciences. It provides a forum to consider contemporary issues in social/cultural gerontology, reflect on theoretical and conceptual questions in the field, and discuss new insights and developments.

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http://criticalgerontology.com/ 

Understanding and Enacting KMb in Large Teams and Across AGE-WELL: An Interactive Action-Oriented Project

Amanda Grenier Director, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Health, Aging and Society , Social Sciences


Amanda Grenier, Karen Kobayashi (AGE-WELL KMOB co-leads) recently received funding for a 2-year research project to help understand knowledge mobilization in large interdisciplinary research teams. 
This interactive and participatory project aims to gain a better understanding of how interdisciplinary researchers understand KMb, how they envision and enact KMb within their disciplines and projects, and the actions and supports they deem necessary to successfully engage in KMb. This project also engages a full-time post doctoral student and AGE-WELL HQP (Igor Gontcharov).

Playing with memories: The elicitation of leisure biographies

Meridith Griffin Associate Director, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Health, Aging and Society, Social Sciences


In partnership with the Hamilton Public Library, this project will explore both the process and the outcome of crafting and co-creating leisure biographies in a guided writing group for older adults. The goal is to provide insight into the role that leisure has played across the life course of participants. Involvement in leisure has been linked to well-being and social integration for those of all ages, and has been identified as being particularly important for older adults. Here, we conceptualize leisure widely, to encompass a range of activities, both active and passive, including: recreation, sport and physical activity, games, and social and volunteer activities. The project will also contribute to the development of a ‘reminiscence methodology,’ an innovative approach to data collection, analysis and dissemination that integrates methods from life writing and directed memory work as a means of guiding older adults through the process of co-creating a leisure biography. This approach will reveal knowledge about the meaning of leisure, by elucidating the types of memories that are associated with, and the stories that are told about, leisure by older adults. 

Past Research Projects

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