Centre on Aging Speaker Series
The Centre on Aging offers a Speaker Series (formerly Research Seminar Series) in which Research Affiliates have an opportunity to share insights into their academic research in aging related fields and discuss current issues. Meetings are held monthly from September to March. A goal of this series is to strengthen interdisciplinary research in health and aging.

Centre on Aging Speaker Series

Join us for our final Speaker Series (formerly Research Seminar Series) presentation of the year!

Speaker Series location and seating

As our Speaker Series will be taking place at the Fort Garry Library, seating is limited and is available as first come, first serve based on room capacity. Registration for the presentations is not required.

2018–2019 seminar schedule

March 14, 2019

Health and care for the 'other' Indigenous people—The Métis experience
Diedre Desmarais, PhD
Area Director, Access and Aboriginal Focus Programs, University of Manitoba
2:30–3:30 pm
Fort Garry Library, 1360 Pembina Hwy

Presentation abstract

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Diedre Desmarais is Metis whose family was greatly influenced by colonialism and its negative impact has influenced her family for generations. Keenly interested in Indigenous issues relating to aging, care for older adults and access to health services, she has devoted time to explore this issue. Although issues associated with caring for older adults are not unique to Indigenous people, their history make the lives of Indigenous older adults particularly difficult. Ill health due to epidemics that struck their communities; low pensions from a life time of modest contributions and low paying jobs; the inability to secure a secondary pension that monetarily matched by employers; illiteracy, and the absence of a powerful Indigenous political voice, combine to make the lives of many Indigenous older adults bleak and hopeless.

Colonialism created the circumstances whereby poverty became an assured consequence for many Indigenous people and the effects of a lifetime of limited opportunity exacerbates the problems associated with declining health among the older person. This discussion will explore the reality faced by many Metis older adults in contemporary circumstance.

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Past presentations 2018–2019

Achieving healthy futures
Alexander Segall, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus; Research Affiliate, Centre on Aging; Senior Scholar, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Faculty of Arts

Dr. Segall’s presentation focused on the factors that protect and enhance good health across the lifecourse and the importance of extending health expectancy.

Adaptation to bereavement in late life: Are models of coping adequate?
Margaret Stroebe, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Utrecht University; and Department of Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychopathology, University of Groningen

Dr. Stroebe's presentation focused on the consequences of losing a loved one are summarized and consideration is given to unique aspects of coping with loss in late life. Theoretical models are discussed in the context of the late life bereavement experience, including description of our Dual Process Model of Coping with Bereavement.

Advancing Collaborative Care with Older Adults: Grassroot Approaches
Ruby Grymonpre, PharmD, FCSHP, Professor, College of Pharmacy, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Kristine Petrasko, BScPharm, CRE, CTE

Evidence continues to emerge around the benefits of Collaborative Geriatric Care including reduced physician and emergency department visits, improved quality of care and patient satisfaction, and increased sensitivity to the needs of older adults.
Between 2005–2017 a series of practice-based interprofessional learning opportunities (IPLOs) involving pre-licensure learners were piloted. Although universities play a critical role in supporting practice-based IPL, implementation demands significant leadership, IP expertise and commitment from practice environments which may improve collaborative care among teams. Also realized was the role older adults (and their families) can play in enhancing their collaborative care circle. The overarching goal of this presentation is to share experiences and propose strategies for advancing collaborative care with older adults. 

Stereotypes of memory and aging: Dispelling some myths
Malcolm Smith, PhD
Professor, Department of Marketing, I.H. Asper School of Business

The “traditional” view of memory and aging is that we inevitably develop memory deficits which in turn lead to negative stereotypes about older adults. Professor Smith will present research evidence that shows that this may not be the case and that, as we age, we change the way we remember things. The presentation will also include some implications for businesses who want to target older adult consumers.


Family caregiving: Health matters
Jamie Penner, RN, PhD(c)
College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Jamie Penner’s presentation will focus on family caregivers and the essential role they play in the care of individuals living with chronic life-limiting illnesses. The impact that providing care and support to a family member or friend can have on family caregivers, including various effects on their health, will be explored. Perspectives on the importance of maintaining the health and well-being of family caregivers will then be presented, including a discussion of health promotion strategies and supportive interventions being developed by which to do so.

The University of Manitoba is committed to achieving accessibility for those disabled by barriers. Please contact Rachel by email at coaman@umanitoba.ca or call 204-474-8754 in advance if you require any accessibility accommodations to participate.


March 14, 2019
2:30–3:30 pm

Dr. Diedre Desmarais will present on March 14, 2019