Current Projects

Nitobe Memorial Garden

Nitobe Memorial Garden

LGBTQ Older Adults: Media Portrayals and Everyday Experiences

High profile examples like Caitlyn Jenner who in recent years revealed her identity as a trans woman, have raised awareness of lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and queer (LGTBQ) aging and the centrality of the body to gender identity and gender expression as well as the importance of sexual orientation in later life. Funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant (PI: Laura Hurd) (2017-2022), this project explores how LGBTQ older adults are portrayed in the media and how they experience growing older in everyday life.

 

 

Masculinity and Aging: Older Men and the Body

The experiences of older men have been largely absent from socio-cultural analyses of aging, ageism, and the body, as the bulk of the research has focused on older women. Funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant (PI: Laura Hurd Clarke) (2012-2016), this project has explored how older men experience age-based discrimination, their understanding of aging masculinity, and their everyday body practices.

 

An Intersectional Analysis of Assistive Technology Access and Utilization Across Cultural Groups

Although the research indicates that access to assistive technologies (AT) are vital for many older adults’ social inclusion and health and well-being, little attention has been paid to the use of AT among visible minority Canadians. This study is investigating how intersections of age, culture, race, language, ability, and immigration combine to delimit some older adults’ access to and use of assistive technologies. The project is funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant (2019-2023) and the Principal Investigator is Dr. Ben Mortenson.