JOIN US FOR OUR FINAL SEMINAR ON MARCH 25!
Christina Lengyel, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Nutritional Sciences; Director, The University Dietetics Program and Catherine Marshall, MSc student, Department of Human Nutritional Sciences
Is this my body? Body dissatisfaction, concerns about aging, and food choices of baby boomers and older women in Manitoba
11:00 am—12:00 pm | 405 Brodie Centre | Bannatyne Campus
With the growing pervasiveness of mass media, individuals of all ages are bombarded with images that glorify youthfulness, messages that tie self-worth to thinness, and products that promise beauty forever. Yet, as our population ages and as rates of overweight/obesity continue to rise, more and more women will be unable to achieve the increasingly thin and youthful ideals that are portrayed by the media. There is an increasing body of literature that suggests that middle-aged and older women struggle with body image and weight issues as they age. Based on findings from our mixed-methods study, this presentation will explore body image issues among baby boomer (aged 46-65) and older (aged 66-85) women living in urban and rural Manitoba. Qualitative findings pertaining to body dissatisfaction, concerns about aging, weight/loss dieting attitudes, and food choices will be presented.
Download the updated poster for this year's full schedule
JOIN US for our first presentation of the year.
November 30, 2012
Joanne Scott, MSW student, Faculty of Social Work
A social group work approach based on a narrative therapy approach to working with older women looking to make changes to their alcohol use, prescription drug use or gambling
Phyllis Reid-Jarvis, MPH, RD, ACC
Final report of the pilot testing of the healthy eating toolkit for English as a Second Language (EAL) teachers
12:00–1:00 pm | 530 Drake Centre | Fort Garry Campus
Download the poster
February 12, 2013
Michelle Lobchuk, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing; MHRC Chair in Caregiver Communication and Fran Rosenberg, Riverview Health Centre
Urinary incontinence quality of life: Affected adult and family caregiver prescriptions and empathic interactions
12:00–1:00 pm | 344 Helen Glass Centre | Fort Garry Campus
Urinary incontinence (UI) is described as a demoralizing and stigmatized condition. A small body of evidence suggests that avoidant behavior, judgmental attitudes, and negative beliefs held by affected individuals and their family caregiver (FG) toward UI may impact their empathic responses toward each other with deleterious consequences. This study’s qualitative findings revealed that continence care in the home is very much a ‘team effort’ between the care recipient and the family caregiver and requires their constant vigilance. However, health care providers can play a key role in educating the public that bladder control is not a normal part of the aging process and harness efforts to promote ‘control’ by affected individuals and their FGs.
Download the poster
March 8, 2013
Dan Bailis, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Clove Haviva, BSc, Department of Psychology
Profiles in social comparison: A look at the context of senior housing
12:00–1:00 pm | 539 Drake Centre | Fort Garry Campus
Older people frequently evaluate how they are doing by making comparisons with similar others. In addition, having positive comparative self-evaluations is related to vitally important outcomes, such as positive emotion, length of life, and avoidance of hospitalization. For better or for worse, social-comparison processes are likely to be engaged in the increasingly common situation of older persons who relocate from a private dwelling to any type of accommodation that is specifically designed for seniors and has a common area for meals or other social and recreational activities. However, the applicability of social-comparison research in this context is limited by the extremely varied and complex prescription for reaching positive comparative self-evaluations, which may involve the personality and motives of the comparer, the status of the target, the similarity of the comparer to the target, and other factors. This study of 94 residents of predominantly rural senior housing complexes in southern Manitoba used statistical clustering procedures to identify which combinations of these factors are commonly found in this setting, and to examine correlates of cluster membership among self-rated health, well-being, and motivational variables.