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May 2020

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CREGÉS is proud to welcome three new university researchers:
  • Julie Beauchamp, Ph.D. in sexology, was the coordinator of the Inclusive Aging, Diversity, Health, and Well-Being Area of Expertise until January 2020. She is now an assistant professor in the Faculté de Médecine at Université Laval. Her research interests include sexual diversity and the social participation of older adults.
  • Daniel Béland, Ph.D. in political sociology and a specialist in federalism and social protection, is James McGill Professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University and Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.
  • Marie-Michèle Lord, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and her interests include the social participation and inclusion of older adults and aging workers.


Congratulations to CREGÉS members! 

SSHRCInsight Program

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) recently awarded Insight grants to several CREGÉS members: Kirstie McAllum and Stephanie Fox (principal investigators), Darla Fortune, and Mélanie Couture (co-investigators), Zelda Freitas (collaborator).

''Compassion and Collective Care in Long-Term Care Settings: A Communicative Perspective''

Chaire de la famille Blanchard - Award winner

The Chaire de la famille Blanchard pour l’enseignement et la recherche en soins palliatifs de l’Université de Montréal offered a scholarship to a project involving Patrick Durivage, Coordinator, Area of Expertise in Palliative Care at CREGÉS. (project led by Émilie Allard, Université de Montréal).

« Développement et évaluation d’une formation continue pour le développement des compétences en soins palliatifs et de fin de vie des gestionnaires »

in French


On November 4, 2019, several CREGÉS members participated in a conference on Residential and Long-Term Care Centres (CHSLDs) organized by the Institut sur le vieillissement et la participation sociale des aînés (IVPSA)

Presentation | Summary document 
In French


On April 7, 2020, the CREGÉS was proud to participate in the National Caregiver Day with a workshop entitled: "Supporting Caregivers Accompanying a Person with Advanced Illness in a Home Setting: An Interactive Workshop" on the Carers Canada website. It was presented by Zelda Freitas, Coordinator, Area of Expertise in Caregiving and Patrick Durivage, Coordinator, Area of Expertise in Palliative Care at CREGÉS. 

Watch the workshop

On March 11, 2020, you were over 170 participants in the CREGÉS-CvP Continuum Aînés webinar presented by Sophie Éthier« Présentation d’un outil d’intervention en matière de maltraitance envers les proches aidants »

Watch the recording 
Download the presentation (PDF)

To watch all the CREGÉS Conferences, visit our Youtube channel




Under the initiative of CREGÉS researcher Hélène Carbonneau, the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and l'Appui pour les proches aidants d'aînés created a Facebook group, to be a COVID-19 exchange platform for community practitioners. This group will allow its members to share inspiring practices and innovations in community support for older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers, or vulnerable populations. 

→ Join the Facebook group

A website was also created to list all the Facebook group's shared content.

→ Visit the website

Moreover, a grant from the Quebec Network for Research on Aging was awarded to several CREGÉS members to evaluate these new initiatives: Hélène Carbonneau (principal researcher), Sophie Éthier, Mélanie Couture and Ginette Aubin, Sébastien Grenier, Valérie Poulin and Martin Caouette (co-researchers).


Seniors caring for seniors are pandemic's
invisible victims

Tamara Sussman and Shari Brotman co-authored this editorial in the Montreal Gazette addressing the issue of senior caregivers on the front lines who are putting their health at risk.

Read the article

Est-ce ainsi que nous voulons vieillir ?
In French
Patrik Marier, CREGÉS Scientific Director, and Anne-Marie Séguin, CREGÉS researcher speak about the budget cuts in long-term care and the reasoning behind the choice of living in residences in this article published in La Presse.

Read the article

Il faut mettre fin à l’âgisme

In French
Many researchers, including Sophie Éthier, Patrik Marier, and Kim Sawchuk from CREGÉS, sign a collective piece in Le Devoir to express their concerns about the ageist attitudes expressed during this pandemic.

Read the text (For the English version of the text, please refer to the article published in Age and Ageing in the Let's talk about gerontology section below.)

Âgisme, vieillissement et logement
In French

Julien Simard, CREGÉS student member and postdoctoral research intern at McGill University's School of Social Work, speaks about the housing market for low-income older adults in  Les ACTUS à Louis T.

Listen to the interview (May 13, 2020)

L’urgence dans les résidences pour aînés
In French

Patrik Marier speaks about the deficiencies of the healthcare system, particularly the marginalization of long-term care on Radio-Canada Colombie-Britannique's Boulevard du Pacifique. He discusses the importance of better remuneration but more importantly, the enhancement of the value of the work of people working with older adults and the importance of home-care after the COVID-19 crisis.

Listen to the interview (listen starting at 4:45 pm - April 14, 2020)

Phase de rétablissement à la pandémie
pour les personnes âgées
ou en perte d'autonomie

In French

This document aims to identify the services that should be provided in order to address the needs of older adults during the post-pandemic recovery phase.

This rapid response was prepared by scientific professionals of the Direction des services sociaux of the  Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS) in collaboration with the Unité d'évaluation des technologie et des modes d'intervention en santé et services sociaux (UETMISSS) of the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal UAC in social gerontology - CREGÉS.

Milaine Alarie, UETMISSS Project Manager - Research and Evaluation, participated in the development of this document.

Read the document


A COVID-19 section will be available soon on our website to showcase the contributions of our members and present relevant resources to knowledge users from a social gerontology perspective.

Stay tuned for the web page launch!


CvP Continuum Aînés tool kit 

In French

The Communauté virtuelle de pratique du Continuum Aînés (CvP Aînés) offers its members a virtual space to deposit and access clinical and administrative tools to ensure the support and the full recognition of caregivers in the Health and Social Services Network.

The CvP Continuum Aînés brings together managers and researchers who wish to discuss the organization of services for seniors. To become a member: complete this form

Visit the public page

Persons with Mental Disorders as Their Sole Underlying Medical Condition

This article published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) presents recommendations for federal, provincial and territorial governments in response to the recent Quebec Superior Court decision that makes it possible for Canadians whose mental illness is the only medical condition claimed to have access to medical assistance in dying.

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Implementation of the End-of-Life Care Act 2015-2019 
In French

This report from the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services outlines the key milestones leading up to the enactment of the End-of-Life Care Act, the preparatory work leading up to its coming into force, and how far we have come since it came into force four years ago.

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**This selection represents a sample of scientific publications by CREGÉS members. 

Béland, D. et Marier, P. (2020). COVID-19 and long-term care policy for older people in Canada. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 1-7. (OPEN ACCESS)

In this article, the authors stress recent developments in Quebec, where a high number of deaths in a nursing home acts as a focusing event. It exposes the problems facing long-term care facilities, considering the existing policy legacies and the possibility of this event facilitating comprehensive policy reforms in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Van Pevenage, I., Dauphinais, C.*, Dupont, D. et Bourgeois-Guérin, V. (2020). Proche aidance et conjugalité aux âges avancés : motivations et postures. Gérontologie et société, 42 / 161(1), 37-54. 

This article looks at the reasons, given by older adults in Quebec, to care for their spouses. The results indicate that the motivations to be a family caregiver, are generally part of a logic of preservation of conjugal and identity continuity.

Lee E.*, Sussman, T., Kaasalainen, S., Durepos, P., McCleary, L., Wickson-Griffiths, A. et Bimman, R. (2020). The relationship between caregivers’ perceptions of end-of-life care in long-term care and a good resident's death. Palliative & Supportive Care, 1-8.

This article exposes the critical role of staff in long-term care in supporting caregivers’ perceptions of a good resident's death. By keeping caregivers informed about expectations at the very end of life, staff can enhance caregivers’ perceptions of a good resident's death. Further, by addressing spiritual issues staff may improve caregivers’ perceptions that residents were at peace when they died.

Raymond, É. & Lantagne Lopez, M.* (2020). Participation of people with impairments in seniors’ organizations: Conditions and limitations on inclusion. The Gerontologist 

This article documents social representations within older adult organizations regarding the participation of older adults with disabilities. The results show that, although research participants recognize that all seniors have the right to participate, this right is confronted with a collective identity imbued with an aging model that demands youthful, "non-disabled" appearance and activities.

Lafontaine, C., Sawchuk, K. &  DeJong, S. (2020). Social justice games: Building an escape room on elder abuse through participatory action researchThe Computer Games Journal(OPEN ACCESS)

This article discusses the creation of an escape room on older adult mistreatment. The game, entitled Sandra's Keys, is designed to engage players in a conversation about the different forms of older adult mistreatment, and to give them a better understanding of their role as bystanders and potential ways to intervene.

Fraser, S., Lagacé, M., Bongué B., Ndeye, N., Guyot, J., Bechard, L., Garcia, L., Taler, V., CCNA Social Inclusion and Stigma Working Group, Adam, S., Beaulieu, M., D Bergeron, C., Boudjemadi, V., Desmette, D.,  Donizzetti, A. R, Éthier, S., Garon,S.,  Gillis, M., Levasseur, M., Lortie-Lussier, M., Marier, P.,  Robitaille, A., Sawchuk, K., Lafontaine, C. & Tougas F. (2020). Ageism and COVID-19: What does our society’s response say about us? Age and Ageing. Sous presse.

This commentary highlights the ageism which emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 20 international researchers in the field of aging have contributed to this document.

Simard, J.* (2020). Gentrification and aging in Montreal, Quebec: Housing insecurity and displacement among older tenants. In Krase, J. et N. DeSena, J., (dir.). Gentrification around the World, vol.1, 37-59.

This chapter aims to describe the experience of older adults in the management of precarity situations and the housing displacement in four gentrified Montreal neighborhoods. We learn that housing precarity, displacement, and social participation in housing committees can be understood as an interconnected phenomenon. 



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