Dr. Marlene Goldman, professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto and an ACT collaborator, calls for a reassessment of the ways in which ageing, Alzheimer’s, and dementia are perceived and portrayed. She suggests that the dire pronouncements we often see in news media create damaging cultural narratives because they position ageing and age-related diseases as bio-medical crises that will threaten the well-being of the nation state, create socio-economic losses, and even destabilize our sense of self.
Tricia Toso is a doctoral candidate in the joint PhD program in Communication Studies at Concordia University, l’Université de Montréal, and l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Her research is engaged with questions about urban spaces, mobility and citizen advocacy. As a multi-media practitioner her projects work to raise public awareness of issues around urban sustainability, access to decision-making processes and micro-local initiatives.