Building Communities Together


A collaboration with Seniors Action Quebec (SAQ)

During the summer of 2013 the ACM was asked to collaborate with the Senior’s Action Quebec organization to assist them in the development of their project “Celebrating Seniors” funded by New Horizons for Seniors.

In collaboration with SAQ, the ACM assisted the organization in setting up research questions, creating an action plan for deliverables of the first phase of their project, and training SAQ interviewers in the use of digital audio technologies. We were on hand with the SAQ for their recording sessions with nine community leaders in Montreal, all picked by members of the Seniors Action Quebec board. Dave Madden, PhD Communications, and Sophie Guérin, MA Media Studies, helped to develop a workshop on audio recording and interviewing. Sophie Guérin photographed the sessions and, with the help of Kim Sawchuk, scanned materials brought in by the participants. Kendra Besanger, MA Media Studies, and Antonia Hernandez, PhD Communications, worked on the production of a booklet that was presented at a public event on Nation Seniors Day – October 1st.

The seniors profiled by Seniors Action Quebec include: Geraldine Doucet, Ved Vorha, Daphne Nahmiash, Clarence Bayne, Harold Geernspon, Ura Greenbaum, Catherine Gilbert, Belva Thomas and Patricia Macgurnaghan.

A copy of the first phase of the project, including photography and podcasts produced with SAQ was launched on October 1 2013, in collaboration with Seniors Action Quebec.

SAQ project leader:

Ruth Pelletier

SAQ interviewers:

Gemma Raeburn-Baynes;
Lyna Bouschel

ACM/MML project director:

Kim Sawchuk, Concordia University

ACM/MML team:
David Madden, audio and audio workshop;
Sophie Guérin, photography and scanning;
Kendra Besanger, booklet layout., design and information management;
Antonia Hernandez, layout and graphic design


Learning with Laptops

learning with laptops

The effects of interconnectedness on the potential well-being of senior citizens.

The primary goal of our workshops was to enhance the digital literacy of seniors through collaborative learning. We also aimed to positively improve the perceived well-being of the seniors through their uses of their newly-acquired computer skills. The final report, titled Learning with Laptops: Digital Learning at the Cross Links Senior Community Centre, can be found here. This report describes the various workshops provided to a seniors community in the York Region and is situated within the fields of study of ageing, communication and media.


November 8th 2013:

November 8th 2013: Planning and organization for workshops began on this date.

January 29th 2013:

Communication with research assistants (Arwen Fleming and Kendra Besanger) and project facilitator (Kim Sawchuk) who had worked on a similar project (MemorySpace) at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. MemorySpace organizers provided us with the manual they used during their workshops, which would help guide our workshop planning. This manual included information related to preferable technology (e.g. which scanners would be most effective) and provided detailed instructions on “How to Scan.” It also included as basic information related to the maintenance of the scanners.

April 24th 2013:

Communication with Astral Zeneca Pharmaceuticals IT department started. Laptops were acquired for project.

February 20th 2013:

Communication with Crosslinks Director began. The purpose of the initial meeting was to take a look at facility and rooms for workshops was set.

May 9th 2013:

First workshop session. Included an introduction to the basic uses of the laptops as well as the Internet. This included the layout of programs on the desktop such as the location and uses of the “Start button” and its ability to aid the user to open desired programs.

May 16th 2013:

Second workshop session: scanning tutorials were given. The workshops included: scanning photographs onto the computer, using a USB stick, and using Hotmail (or Outlook, Gmail, etc.).

May 23rd 2013:

Third workshop session: recap from last session; the creation of email accounts, which many of the residents did not have before these workshops; time for scanning for those who were unable to do so last week; and an introduction to Skype, using the newly created emails.

May 30th 2013:

Final workshop session: recap of tutorials on surfing between different websites on the Internet; creation of email accounts for those who did not have an opportunity during the last session; a review of YouTube; review of other features of which members were unsure. Interviews of participants were conducted as well.

ACM Project Mentor:
Barbara Crow

Researchers:
Sumeet Farwaha and Erica Melamed



Sophie Guérin

Guerin, Sophie

As a part of her work for her Masters Degree in Media Studies, Sophie completed a documentary research-creation project called Un jour ou l’autre that speaks about the migration of elderly people into residential homes. Sophie is working on PAR, a series of collaborative digital media projects exploring the potential of new media tools for use by community-based groups that are headed by elders. She has been involved with RECAA: New Media Methods and Ethnocultural Resources Against Elder Abuse, a Participatory action research initiative that demonstrates the social, political and community-based potential of new media and design. She has also worked on the AddressKnown project. Apart these projects, she loves to meet great people and work within community-settings.

Antonia Hernández

Antonia Hernandez

Antonia Hernández is a graphic designer and and SSHRC-supported PhD student in Communication Studies at Concordia University. Mixing media practice and theoretical research, her interests involve the domestic side of digital networks. She is in charge of the graphic design and the website of ACT and its multiple projects.

Mariam Esseghaier

Concordia University
Contact: mariam.esseghaier@gmail.com

Mariam Esseghaier is a student in the Joint PhD Program in Communication offered by Concordia University, l’Université de Montréal, and l’Université du Québec à Montréal.  She completed a Master of Arts in English literature from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2008 and a Master of Arts in Popular Culture from Brock University in 2010.  From January 2010 to May 2010, Mariam travelled to Tunisia, North Africa, where she studied Arabic and explored the country.  Mariam’s area of research focuses on the commodification of Muslim women in Western popular culture, with an emphasis on the representation of young Muslim women.

Line Grenier

Line Grenier is Associate Professor at the Département de communication at Université de Montréal in Montréal, Québec (Canada), and leads the Critical Mediations stream of ACT. Director of the research group Popular Culture, Knowledge and Critique (CPCC), she teaches predominantly in the areas of research methodologies, media theory, memory and media, and popular culture. A popular music studies scholar, her work on the history and politics of “chanson”, local music industries, broadcasting and cultural policies related to French-language vocal music, rites and processes of popularization and valorization in Québec, the Céline Dion phenomenon and the figures of fame and celebrity it embodies, as well as the business and politics of live music, especially on the role of small venues in Montreal, has been published in several journals, including Popular Music, Cultural Studies, Recherches féministes, Ethnomusicology, Recherches sociographiques, and Musicultures.  Her research interests have recently focused on the intersections of ageing and music, and the cultures of ageing that take shape therein. Grenier has taken part in a team ethnography of a music contest for seniors, which examines the entanglements of musicking, ageing, and memory.  She has studied discourses and public policies on “active ageing” in Québec, and the ways in which they inform how ageing is performed at different music events featuring older adults.  Through an ongoing collaboration with a community partner, Grenier contributes to digital music workshops designed to explore, among other issues, how ‘old’ and ‘new’ technologies mediate music practices, and how music is experienced differently, throughout the life course.  After having co-lead a participatory pilot project on ageing, deafhood and technologies, she is currently working with the same colleague on “deaf musics”. This pilot project aims at better understanding how ageing Deaf people access and experience music as a cultural practice today, and how they did so in the past.

Chui Yin Wong

CYWong

Chui Yin Wong is Senior Lecturer in the Interface Design (ID) Department, Faculty of Creative Multimedia (FCM), Multimedia University (MMU) Malaysia. She also plays a role as an Industrial R&D Liaison for ID. Her research interests are interface design, usability, user experience, interaction design, user and design research, inclusive design, mobile technologies, and Human-Computer Interaction.

Chui Yin is the Malaysia country representative for IFIP TC13: Human-Computer Interaction. In addition, she also serves as the Editorial Board Member for International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. Currently, she is leading a Special Interest Group (SIG) on Universal Usability and Interaction Design (UUID) at MMU.

In 2008, she was the conference secretary for Human Factors in Telecommunication (HFT2008). She has been serving as a Program Committee and/or reviewer for many journals and international conferences in these areas. Her previous project on ‘mobile social network application: MOM-i’, funded by Malaysian Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), won a Silver award under Multimedia category at an international exhibition ITEX 2009. Currently, she is leading several government and industry funded projects. Some of her current projects are ‘Usability of Mobile User Interface for Older Adults in Malaysia’, ‘Senior Grid: Portraying extraordinary lives’. She can be reached at cywong@mmu.edu.my.

Un jour ou l'autre

Abstract

The aim of this documentary film-based research-creation project is to explore the processes of  an elderly couple making the life-altering transition from their home into a retirement residence. This research-creation project poses a series of questions: What does ageing mean for elderly people living in rural Québec? How do they experience the transition from home to residency? Why are they moving?  The film provides a small window into this predicament as a part of what it means to age, what creates a sense of home and how can we grow old together. Using a hybrid method approach, the project presents alternative images and narratives for understanding  changes throughout the life course.“From Home to Residency” connects with specific experiences and lived realities to a larger social context, dominant discourses and perspectives about ageing to offer the audience insight into this particular moment in life. It challenges and situates the performance of reminiscence in the film, as not merely a return to the past, but as a way to move forward into the future from the position of the present.

Résumé

L’objectif de mon projet de recherche-création est d’explorer, via la production d’un film documentaire, le processus de déménagement d’un couple d’aîné-es quittant leur maison pour aller habiter dans une résidence pour personnes âgées, dans la région du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean. Ce projet pose une série de questions générales: Comment ce couple d’aîné-es appréhende-t-il cette transition? Quelles sont les raisons d’un déménagement en résidence? Qu’est-ce que vieillir signifie pour ce couple, à cette étape particulière du parcours de vie? Sans tenter d’offrir une réponse définitive à ce questionnement, Un départ vers la résidence tente d’explorer la manière dont on peut comprendre le vieillissement, le sens du chez-soi ainsi qu’un «vieillir ensemble». Adoptant une méthodologie hybride, le projet tente d’explorer certaines histoires alternatives re/présentées chez ce couple d’aîné-es, à travers leur parcours de vie. Cette recherche-création propose donc une réflexion basée sur les expériences vécues du couple pour mieux comprendre une certaine réalité du vieillissement et savoir s’il est possible de s’éloigner de la perspective réductionniste et pessimiste que cette transition suggère. Finalement, mon intention est de voir comment la production documentaire peut offrir à différents auditoires un regard sur ce moment particulier dans la vie d’un couple d’aîné-es ancré dans le présent et tourné vers le futur.

Mapping Québec on Media Ageing

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Dans la foulée du lancement de la première politique publique sur le vieillissement au Québec en mai 2012, intitulée Vieillir et vivre ensemble. Chez soi, dans sa communautéau Québec ce projet vise à produire une réflexion critique sur les façons dont le vieillissement est posé comme défi collectif et projet politique.  À partir d’une étude de cette politique, de même que de sa résonance dans les médias et sur le web (à partir des documents publiés à la fois en français, en anglais et en espagnol), Il s’agit de tenter de comprendre le discours social sur le vieillissement tel qu’il est notamment produit par des institutions publiques, des groupes communautaires et des associations parapubliques.

Chronologie du projet

Printemps 2012

Analyses préliminaires descriptives de la politique publique Vieillir et vivre ensemble par Fannie Valois-Nadeau et de sa réception médiatique par Alvaro Herrera.

Participation de Line Grenier et Fannie Valois-Nadeau au premier colloque Vieillir c’est vivre. Le vieillissement comme vous ne l’avez jamais vu  de l’Association québécoise des  établissements de santé et de services sociaux (AQESSS), Montréal, Québec.

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[su_column size=”1/3″ last=”1″]Researchers: Fannie Valois-Nadeau and Alvaro Herrera

 

This project is funded by Partnership Development Grants SSHRC
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