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Centre for Education and Research on Aging

Current research projects

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Elder Abuse

This study explores perceptions and identifications of elder abuse. The initial study found participants could readily identify incidents of elder physical abuse but were less likely to identify incidents of emotional/psychological abuse and neglect. The second phase of the study is looking at the factors that influence mis-identification of abuse, namely the relationship between the perpetrator and the abuse victim as well as the age of the observer/participant. 

Dr. Lesley Jessiman

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Elders and new media

This study explores how older adults adjust to the increasingly important role of media and technologies. Interviews have been conducted with older adults exploring their adoption and integration of new technologies. 

Darren Blakeborough

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An examination of aging, education and elderspeak

This research project includes 3 related studies: study 1 explores ageist attitudes among undergraduate university students across departments including Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students in both semesters 1 and 7; study 2 examines “elderspeak” or speech styles adopted by younger adults engaged in conversations with older adults; study 3 builds off study 1 by incorporating focus group data to explore ageist attitudes.

Dr. Lesley Jessiman

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Children’s Experiences of an Intergenerational Dance Programme: A Follow Up Study 

This is a follow up to a previous study. (The Impact of Participating in an Intergenerational Dance Therapy Program on Elders in Residential Care and School Children Participants). The goal of this study is to explore the attitudes and understandings of the original school-aged participants with respect to ageing and dementia over time. 

Research Team: Dr. Shelley Canning, Darren Blakeborough, Nicole Cusick

Dr. Shelley Canning

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Pen-Pals: Supporting intergenerational relationships during COVID-19 

This interdisciplinary, community engaged study explores and compares attitudes and understandings of ageing and dementia among school children in grades 3 and 4. The students receive introductory ageing and dementia education in addition to partnering with community living seniors through a pen pal programme. The study also explores the experiences of the seniors with a focus on understanding how this intergenerational partnership impacted their experiences of social isolation related to COVID-19. Read the story.

Research Team: Dr. Shelley Canning, Darren Blakeborough, Dr. Lesley Jessiman, Dr. Michael Corman, Dr. Alison Phinney, Nicole Cusick, Rosaley Klassen

Dr. Shelley Canning

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Nursing students and seniors: Using technology to maintain social connections during Covid-19 

This study examines the use of technology (e.g. phones, Ipads, computers) to facilitate relationships between nursing students and seniors. These relationships are intended to build knowledge of gerontology among the nursing students and to address experiences of social isolation among the seniors related to COVID-19. This study is a partnership between UBC school of nursing and UFV. 

Research Team: Dr. Shelley Canning, Dr. Lillian Hung, Nicole Cusick, Rosaley Klassen

Dr. Shelley Canning

 

“In CERA, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Dr. Lesley Jessiman. I’d always had an interest on the social aspects of aging. I remember being in Lesley’s classroom (Adulthood and Aging) and realizing I could do research on this. It was almost a perfect fit.” 

 

-Larissa Kowalski

UFV grad, Sociology with a concentration in Social Research and extended minor in Psychology.


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