Research Forum

Centre on Aging's 21st Research Forum

Overcoming the challenge of rehabilitating older adults with combined vision and hearing loss
April 25, 2014
Dr. Walter Wittich
Chercheur d’établissement, CRIR Responsable du Site & Coordonnateur de Recherche Clinique, MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre

We often take for granted that the majority of people have all five senses intact. With the loss of one of these senses through aging, particularly vision or hearing, it becomes a challenge to communicate with others. However, the use of assistive technologies allow individuals to maintain social contact with others.

On April 25, Dr. Walter Wittich was invited to present his research at the Centre on Aging’s 21st Annual Research Forum, held on Bannatyne Campus. Dr. Wittich is the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation Site Representative at the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre in Montreal. He focused his talk on three areas: demographics, assisted technology devices, and the story of stigma.

Presentation summary

Dr. Wittich concluded his talk by emphasizing three take away points for the audience:

  • The large majority of persons receiving rehabilitation for vision and hearing loss are over the age of 65.
  • Using minimal intervention will make a difference for the assistive device user: For example, reading a product manual and taking the time to explain it to a person with vision or sensory impairment.
  • Be a role model. Help others overcome the stigmas directed towards users of assisted devices by speaking up when you see something that is wrong and do not be afraid to promote your own disability.

Past research forums

Listed below is information on the Centre on Aging's research forums held from 2013–2010.


Centre on Aging 20th Research Forum: April 5, 2013

On July 1, 1982, the Centre on Aging was founded at the University of Manitoba as the first institute established through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s experimental program of research centres.

Fast forward to today, as the Centre on Aging celebrated its 30th year at the University as a long-standing aging research centre in Canada.


Centre on Aging's 19th Research Forum: Dr. Dr. Michael Sharratt

It Takes a Village (and University) to Care

On March 20, the Centre on Aging held its 19th Research Forum at Fort Garry campus. Presenting was Dr. Michael Sharratt, Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo (UW); Executive Director, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging. Over 60 people attended to hear about this unique partnership between University-Private builders-Government.

Dr. Sharratt focused on the Schlegel Villages built at the University of Waterloo. Developed by the Schlegel family, the concept of the Villages is to provide affordable housing to seniors while simultaneously providing researchers with an opportunity to interact with the Village residents. As Dr. Sharratt identified, he’s had unique experiences at the Schlegel Villages through his interactions with the residents.
Dr. Sharratt presented the residential and University community with an idea of how different parties can come together to not only improve the lives of seniors in the community, but work together.

Panel discussion

Following Dr. Sharratt’s presentation and a light luncheon, attendees engaged in a panel that focused on housing issues. Joining Dr. Sharratt in discussions were Mr. Mike Balshaw, Community volunteer; Dr. Lois Brockman, Housing Committee Chair, University of Manitoba Retirees Association; and Ms. Laura Rempel, Master’s student, Department of City Planning. Dr. Menec chaired the panel. Forum attendees and the panel engaged in discussion about housing ideas for seniors.


Centre on Aging's 18th Research Forum: Dr. David Butler-Jones

On Friday, March 11, 2011, Dr. David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), presented highlights from PHAC's annual report, Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2010 Growing Older—Adding Life to Years. The report's theme focused on aging, and in particular touched on age-friendly communities. The presentation was well attended in addition to the follow up in-depth discussion, which took place at the luncheon immediately following


Highlights from 17th Research Forum: March 26, 2010

Samuel Weiner Distinguished Visitor Award recipient
John Creswell, PhD
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Co-editor: Journal of Mixed Methods Research

Dr. Creswell is the latest recipient of the Samuel Weiner Distinguished Visitor Award. This award was first made in 1980 from funds donated to the University of Manitoba by Samuel Weiner. Mr. Weiner was a European immigrant who became a successful Winnipeg entrepeneur, and was keenly interested in research.

John Creswell's courses and writings focus on research design, qualitative methodology, and mixed methods research. Dr. Creswell co-directs the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research which provides support for scholars at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Creswell presented to a group of close to 200 participants at the Bannatnye campus: Mapping the Landscape of Mixed Methods Research Today

Following a delicious light lunch, over 70 participants reconvened for an in-depth workshop, led by Dr. Creswell, on how to design a mixed methods study, including how to write a mixed methods article for submission to a peer reviewed journal. During the presentation Dr. Creswell discussed two journal articles as examples of mixed methods research.(Classen et al article; Ivankova & Stick article)

John Creswell also had the opportunity to meet with researchers and students from a variety of disciplines during his first visit to Winnipeg.