Friday, October 20, 2017 | 8:00am – 9:30am
This session is included in your CAG2017 registration fee.
Manitoba gerontologists have contributed to the development of aging research for well over 50 years, generating a rich body of evidence as well as informing public policy. The historical context and lasting legacy of four initiatives are highlighted here. Aging in Manitoba (AIM) is one of the longest and largest existing population-based studies, combining survey and clinical data and subjective accounts of aging with linkages to administrative registries of health utilization and survival status. Judith Chipperfield presents selected findings from AIM to highlight its role in promoting a scientific understanding of the determinants of health and well-being in late life. Drawing from video interviews and a targeted review of publications by Evelyn Shapiro, Betty Havens, Neena Chappell and others, Laura Funk examines their role in the development of Canada’s first comprehensive, universal, publicly funded home care program. Robert Tate describes the Manitoba Follow-up Study (MFUS), from its origins as a longitudinal study of cardiovascular disease risks and outcomes in a WW II national male military sample to its present focus on understanding successful aging for the now very elderly survivors. Verena Menec describes the work of the Age-Friendly Community-University Research Alliance, which created a partnership between researchers, government and non-profit organizations, with the goal to make communities in Manitoba more age-friendly. The contribution of the Alliance to local communities, as well as to research and the conceptualization of age-friendliness is discussed.
The session will begin with the launch of CAG’s 50th anniversary retrospective featuring interviews of CAG founding members.