ACT releases the report on the first wave of its cross-country longitudinal study

ACT is pleased to announce the release of the report of the first wave of its cross-country longitudinal study. The report, which is titled Older audiences in the digital media environment: A cross-national longitudinal study, provides an overview of some key findings about seniors’ uses of media from a 2016 wave of quantitative data collection, undertaken in seven […]

RECAA’s activism and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

une 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). It was initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations in 2006, and serves as a day for the world to voice its opposition to the mistreatment of seniors. In Montreal, ACT’s community partner Respecting Elders: Communities Against Abuse (RECAA) uses the day to inclusively raise awareness of elder mistreatment and elder abuse, by way of theatre practices, creative interventions and hand-to-hand leafleting in the streets.

Sarit Okun and Karine Bellerive are awarded ACT doctoral student bursaries

ACT is pleased to announce the recipients of the ACT Student Bursaries, which are awarded annually to students enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs in ACT partner universities, and who are conducting research on the intersections of ageing, communication and technologies as part of their thesis projects. Sarit Okun is a doctoral student in the […]

We’re collecting stories about the predatory sales practices of Canadian telecom providers

Complaints from Canadians about the practices of phone, television and internet providers have increased by 73% in the last year. Media reports relaying situations of abuse, including tactics of overselling and upselling, are also multiplying. Who, exactly, is winning from a system that profits from abusive practices and consumer confusion? As ACT’s Kim Sawchuk, Constance Lafontaine […]

Portraits of Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Reimagining discourses on ageing.

If you google Alzheimer’s and dementia, you will find articles on “the ticking time bomb” of dementia and the socio-economic costs of Alzheimer’s. You’ll encounter videos of scientists speaking authoritatively on our inevitable cognitive decline and perhaps, most alarmingly, you’ll read messages explaining that we reach our intellectual peak at 25 years of age and it’s all just a sad descent from there.

ACT is hiring a postdoctoral fellow in Ageing, Communication and Technologies

ABOUT THE RESEARCH The research project “Ageing, communication, technologies: experiencing a digital world in later life” (ACT) is seeking applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, under the supervision of ACT Director Dr. Kim Sawchuk. ACT is a multi-methodological and interdisciplinary project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and […]

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    Symposium on Popular Music and Ageing: Brunel University

    Following the Annual ACT meeting, the members of the Popular Music and Ageing working group will hold a one-day symposium on October 30, 2018 at Brunel University in Uxbridge, UK. More details coming soon!


    Ageing, the Digital and Everyday Life

    Ageing, the Digital and Everyday Life: One Day Seminar Brunel University London, UK. Friday 26th October 2018. Brunel University and ACT are delighted to co-host a one day seminar entitled ‘Ageing, the Digital and Everyday Life’. The speakers are...


    Premiere of Madhu’s Saris

    Join us for the premiere of the short documentary film Madhu’s Saris, which will be screened during the AGM for Respecting Elders: Communities Against Abuse on September 20, 2018. The film is the outcome of a collaborative research creation pro...


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Shirley Curry Slays (Dragons)

From behind two monitors, a custom-built computer and a high-quality keyboard and mouse, Shirley Curry says, “give me that soul of the dragon.” She has just fired an iron arrow into its hide. After weeks of preparing for this battle, the 82-year-old gamer is content with her victory.