Mapping the contours of ageism in the Canadian public discourse and countering its impact on older adults

January 27, 2023
1:00 – 2:00 PM

Ageism is a unique form of discrimination in that it can be relevant to all of us as we keep moving fromone age group to another. It is also complex as it can be expressed in hostile but also subtle ways. This webinar aims at a better understanding of how ageism is conveyed in the Canadian public discourse and addresses the social and economic impact of ageism on older adults. To do so, findings of a series of empirical studies conducted over the last three years will be presented and discussed. These studies show the prevalence of compassionate ageism in the public discourse (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic) and restates the cost of ageism from a psychosocial and economic perspective.

Finally, the session will explore ways of countering ageism, namely through intergenerational contact.

Webinar provided with an ASL Interpreter

Speakers

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Martine Lagacé

Associate Vice-President, Research Promotion & Development at the University of Ottawa / vice-rectrice associée à la promotion et au développement de la recherche en août 2018 pour un mandat de cinq ans

Martine Lagacé was appointed Associate Vice-President, Research Promotion & Development at the University of Ottawa in August 2018 for a five-year term. She is a professor in the Department of Communication and is affiliated with the School of Psychology. Professor Lagacé was Vice-Dean, Governance of the Faculty of Arts from 2014 to 2018, and Director of the Department of Communication from 2011 to 2012. In addition to her administrative experience, she has extensive expertise in journalism, having worked at Radio-Canada for more than 10 years.

Professor Lagacé has contributed greatly to the advancement of knowledge on the psychosocial aspects of aging, particularly as they relate to discrimination based on age. She has led several field surveys in Canada and abroad, with workers as well as elderly patients to better understand the impact of age-based discrimination. In the francophone community, her academic work on ageism has been groundbreaking. She has edited two books on the topic and regularly publishes articles in academic journals, in both official languages.

Professor Lagacé contributes to several organizations, including the National Seniors Council, the Institut du savoir Montfort, the Bruyère Research Institute and the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal. She has also forged several international research collaborations, particularly in France and Italy.

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Martine Lagacé a été nommée vice-rectrice associée à la promotion et au développement de la recherche en août 2018 pour un mandat de cinq ans. Elle est professeure titulaire au Département de communication et affiliée à l’École de psychologie. La professeure Lagacé a été vice-doyenne à la gouvernance de la Faculté des arts de 2014 à 2018 ainsi que directrice du département de communication de 2011 à 2012. Outre son expérience administrative, elle détient une vaste expertise journalistique, ayant œuvré au sein de la Société Radio-Canada durant plus de 10 ans.

Les travaux de la professeure Lagacé ont grandement contribué à l’avancement des connaissances sur les aspects psychosociaux du vieillissement, particulièrement quant aux tenants et aboutissants de la discrimination sur la base de l’âge. Elle a mené plusieurs enquêtes de terrain au Canada et à l’échelle internationale, auprès des travailleurs comme des patients âgés, afin de mieux comprendre les manifestations et les répercussions de l’âgisme. Dans le monde francophone, ses travaux universitaires sur l’âgisme font figure de pionniers. Elle est d’ailleurs la directrice de deux ouvrages sur l’âgisme et publie régulièrement des articles dans des revues universitaires, dans les deux langues officielles.

La professeure Lagacé a contribué à plusieurs organisations, notamment auprès du Conseil national des aînés, de l’Institut du savoir Montfort, de l’Institut de recherche Bruyère et de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal. Elle a également établi plusieurs collaborations de recherche à l’échelle internationale, notamment en France et en Italie.

 

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