Entries by Kendra Besanger

Age 3.0 Aging in the City – Concordia University, November 1

From age friendly cities, to smart cities to sustainable cities, how we live, work, play, engage and negotiate the urban environment is on the public agenda. On November 1, 2017, Age 3.0: Aging in the city will explore the multiple intersections of innovation, technologies and aging, and bring together voices from the university, Montreal-based community groups, and local […]

ACT Researchers in the Media

The work of ACT Associate Researcher, Andrea Charise, was featured on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition on October 15. In this episode, Andrea Charise discusses the importance of choosing our words (and metaphors) wisely when we talk about aging. Learn more about the episode and listen here.

IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics

The ACT partnership was very well represented at one of the largest ever conferences in ageing studies: the IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, a joint conference hosted by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) and the Gerontological Association of America (GSA), that took place in San Francisco in July 2017. ACT […]


Over two seminars in May and June 2017, this seminar series brought together inter/national researchers, social scientists, artists, policymakers and practitioners to explore and document the possibilities and limitations of a diverse range of creative methods and key methodological issues when researching health and wellbeing and everyday life. In particular, the seminar series focused on […]

Kick-off seminar: “Between the Normal and the Abnormal – Cultural Meanings of Dementia and Old Age in Finland and Russia”

University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu campus, Agora building, Yliopistokatu 4, ​​​​​Auditorium AG106 Program Tuesday 13 December 2016 Program 10.15 Opening of the seminar Project leader, professor Maija Könönen, UEF 10.30–11.30 Cultural changes in dementia: Stigmatization and everyday life Ph.D, director Christine Swane, EGV-Social Inclusion of Older People, Copenhagen 11.30–12.30 Memory and self in dementia and […]

Call for papers: Special Issue on Therapeutic Recreation in a Digital World

The proliferation of digital technologies and the evolution of assistive technologies, virtual spaces, and new forms of leisure engagement raise key questions about the changing nature of therapeutic recreation and social justice. These varied technologies have the potential to benefit marginalized individuals and communities, but they may also be challenging and problematic. ICTs, therefore, have […]

PhD Defence: “Humor in Interpersonal Communication. The Functions and Benefits of Humor for Older Adults”

Ioana Schiau, an affiliated ACT student from the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania, is defending her PhD thesis next week, on September 29th. Her research explores the use of humor by older adults, its social and psychological benefits, as well as particular gender-specific and culture-specific communicational practices in the […]