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April 2021

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Countering Mistreatment
of Older Adults

As part of the consultations related to the development of the next Plan d’action gouvernemental pour contrer la maltraitance envers les personnes aînées 2022-2027, the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, in virtue of its designation as a University-Affiliated Center in social gerontology, produced a memoir bringing together the perspective of CREGÉS researchers and research-practitioners, the Help Line for Elder Abuse (LAAA) and researchers from the Institut universitaire au regard des communautés ethnoculturelles (IU-SHERPA).
Congratulations to the many authors (Couture, M., Aubin, G, Beauchamp, J., Beaulieu, M., Bédard, M.-È., Brotman, S., Drolet, M.-J., Hanley, J., Hebblethwaite, S., Lafontaine, C., Lecompte, M., Lord, M.-M., Montpetit, C., Sawchuk, K., Smele, S., Soulières, M. and Wallach, I.) and to Mélanie Couture, PhD.
, Institutional researcher and scientific director of the UETMISSS at CREGÉS of the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, for her scientific leadership of this important contribution!
Download the document (In French)

Vieillir et « musiquer » en public.
Le vieillissement au pluriel au
prisme d’événements musicaux
mettant en vedette des personnes
(In French)

More than 80 people attended the CREGÉS - ACT Project Conference presented by Line Grenier, PhD., Professor at the Département de communication of the Université de Montréal; Researcher at CREGÉS and ACT Project.

Watch the conference
Download the presentation
Consult the list of references 



Recent addition on our CREGÉS COVID-19 webpage

La pandémie COVID-19 : un
contexte propice à la maltraitance
des proches aidants ?

In this new CREGES COVID-19 INTERVIEW, Mélanie Couture, PhD, and Sophie Éthier, PhD., explore the sources and manifestations of caregiver mistreatment and also how the pandemic has exacerbated this issue. Finally, we suggest a few leads to prevent this type of mistreatment.

Watch the video (In French)

Download the infographic

(In French)

COVID-19 : Mieux soutenir les personnes proches aidantes de résidents en CHSLD
Watch the recording | Tools presented during the webinar

COVID-19 et personnes âgées : la faillite de l'État au Québec et ailleurs
Watch the recording


- COVID-19, promotion and provision of palliative care: reaching out, accounting for linguistic diversity. Vissandjée, B., Fernandez, I., Durivage, P., Freitas, Z., Savignac, P. & Van Pevenage, I. (2021).Global Health Promotion (2021). 
This article discusses the importance of linguistic diversity in the promotion and provision of safe, timely and appropriate palliative care which can be achieved through a sensitive assessment of different contexts of diversity.

Read +

Personnes aînées et COVID-19 : trajectoires de participation sociale. Raymond, É., Synnott, M. & Rivest, F. Canadian Social Work Review / Revue canadienne de service social (2020) 
This article presents the methodology and emerging themes of the first interviews of a research project aiming to reconstruct the personal trajectory of the social participation of older adults since the beginning of the governmental measures of confinement and social distancing.
Read + (In French)


- Soins de longue durée : les différentes approches des provinces. (In French)

In this interview, Patrik Marier, PhD., CREGÉS Scientific director, speaks about the different provincial offers in long-term care and the importance of having a more social and a less institutionalized vision of long-term care in the pandemic context.
Le matin du Nord, ICI Première, March 25, 2021

- Resistance, Innovation, and Improvisation: Comparing the responses of nursing home workers to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and the United States.
Several media sources shared the results of a scientific article by Patrik Marier,
PhD., CREGÉS Scientific director and Daniel Dickson, CREGÉS student member
National Post, March 15, 2021
The Conversation, March 14, 2021
Press release - Concordia University, February 16, 2021

- Fermeture de deux RPA à Trois-Rivières : un aîné décède trois semaines plus tard. (In French)
In this article, Hélène Carbonneau,
PhD., CREGÉS researcher, comments on the impact of relocation of older adults. This article raises the issue of mistreatment in private care facilities and the risks associated with the relocation of older adults.
Journal de Montréal, March 9, 2021 

- Proche aidants et COVID : Distanciation physique, visites restreintes… Les mesures se prolongent et affectent directement les plus vulnérables d’entre nous, ainsi que leurs proches aidants. (In French)
In this radio interview, CREGÉS researcher Sophie Éthier,
PhD. and Magalie Dumas of L'Appui pour les proches aidants discuss how family caregivers have been affected by the pandemic and the issues it raised.
Agence Science Presse, March 3, 2021

- Montreal notary fighting financial exploitation of seniors.

In this article, Sarita Israelcoordinator of Area of Expertise to Counter Mistreatment at CREGÉS of the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal explains how the pandemic is aggravating the risk factors making older adults more susceptible to financial mistreatment.
Montréal Gazette, February 15, 2021

Call for Research Participants:
Engaging Older Adults in
Living Labs for Well-being
during a global pandemic

The engAGE Living Lab is looking for participants 65 and over for their research study. The purpose of the research is to understand and create an accessible and familiar place to interact for older adults, which is now located online due to COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

For more information:  | 438.375.9996
Our Partners

This project of the Table de concertation des aînés de l'île de Montréal (TCAÎM) aims to put forward and increase the civic participation of older adults in Montreal.
Click here to discover a toolbox on civic participation, tutorials on the digital platforms "Réalisons Montréal" and those of the Montreal City Councils and the testimonies of citizens involved in their communities.

(In French)

CIUSSS West-Central

- Telehealth Intervention
Program for Older Adults

The Telehealth Intervention Program for Older Adults and caregivers offers free friendly phone calls to combat isolation and reduce stress and anxiety for older adults who have been affected by the health measures implemented due to the pandemic. Since April 2020, more than 250 volunteers have been trained and over 500 seniors are contacted each week. If you are or know a senior or caregiver over the age of 60, call 1-888-698-8331.

- Vaccination campaign

The CIUSSS West-Central Montreal public vaccination campaign is underway! 
Information on vaccination
Questions and answers on vaccination 
"Ask the Experts" videos 

Are you a health professional?
The CIUSSS West-Central Montreal is currently recruiting vaccinators and injectors to participate in the first vaccination campaign against COVID-19. Training is available if required.
For more information



**This selection represents a sample of scientific publications by CREGÉS members. Articles related to COVID-19 are featured earlier in the newsletter.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals
Bourgeois-Guérin, V., Millette, V. & Lachance, J. (2021).
Communication and silence surrounding the experience of bereavement of older adults living in seniors’ residences. Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Lire + (open access)
da Silva, N. & Carbonneau, H. (2021).
Self-actualization and self-efficacy in the elderly in a ludic Italian language learning program: A theoretical framework. Licere, 4(1), 78-105. Lire + (open access)
Dickson, D., Marier, P. & Dubé, A.-S. (2021).
Do assessment tools shape policy preferences? Analysing policy framing effects on older adults’ conceptualisation of autonomy. Journal of Social Policy. Lire +
Durepos, P., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Ploeg, J., Sussman, T. & Kaasalainen, S. (2021).
Caring Ahead: Mixed methods development of a questionnaire to measure preparedness for end-of-life in dementia. Palliative Medicine. Lire + (open access)
Fortune, D., Aubin, G., Timm-Bottos, J. & Hebblethwaite, S. (2021).
The art hive as a ‘frame of belonging’ for older adults. Leisure/Loisir, 1-22. Lire +
Motta-Ochoa, R., Leibing, A., Bresba, P., Williams, M., Shaffer, S., Julien, O., Racine, E. & Blain-Moraes, S. (2021).
“You’re part of us and we’re happy to have you here”: Practices of social inclusion for persons with dementia. Clinical Gerontologist. Lire + (open access)
Zarshenas, S., Gagnon-Roy, M., Couture, M., Bier, N., Giroux, S., Nalder, E., Pigot, H., Dawson, D., Poncet, F., LeDorze, G. & Bottari, C. (2021).
Potential of using an assistive technology to address meal preparation difficulties following acquired brain injury: Clients’ and caregivers’ perspectives. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. Lire + (open access)

Book chapters
Hebblethwaite, S. (2021).
Negotiating the ideology of intensive grandparenthood in family leisure. In D. E. Trussell & R. Jeanes (dir.), Families, sport, leisure and social justice: From protest to progress (p. 99-114).
Lafontaine, C. & Sawchuk, K. (2021).
Age matters. Senior exclusions, designing consultations and a municipal action plan for age-(un)friendly cities. In A. Peine, B. L. Marshall, W. Martin & L. Neven (dir.), Socio-gerontechnology. Interdisciplinary Critical Studies of Ageing and Technology. Routledge. Lire +
Éthier, S., Perroux, M., Beaulieu, M., Andrianova, A., Boisclair, F. & Guilbeault, C. (2021).
La maltraitance envers les personnes aînées proches aidantes (PAPA) et les personnes proches aidantes d’aînés (PPAA) : un angle mort de la lutte contre la maltraitance envers les aînés. Lire + (open access)



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