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Trent Centre for Aging & Society

Drawing on Trent University's reputation in inter-disciplinary excellence, the new Trent Centre for Aging & Society promotes innovative research, education and community engagement on aging and old age that is critically-informed, challenges ageist policies and practices, and is responsive to the issues facing older people and aging communities in Peterborough, across Canada and internationally.


Feature Stories


Funding Announcement

The Trent Centre for Aging & Society is delighted to announce the funding of six diverse projects through our Strategic Research/Connections Fund. Supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Aid to Small Universities Grant, the SRF/SCF fund is designed to help facilitate original research in aging studies by TCAS members, enhance Trent University’s existing research capacity in the study of aging and old age, and support community engagement that is responsive to the challenges and opportunities facing older people and aging communities.


2016 Awardees and their project titles:


  • Dr. Jenny Ingram, M.D. “Comparative Analysis of Publicly Funded Dementia Assessment and Care Services in the Central East LHIN.”
  • Kim English, Trent/Fleming School of Nursing faculty member. “e-Connecting Seniors at Home to Nursing Registries and Support Workers through Senior Friendly Apps Centred on the Seniors’ Changing Needs.”
  • Dr. May Chazan, Canada Research Chair in Feminist and Gender Studies. “Interactive Workshop: Aging Activisms Media Capsules.”
  • Dr. Mark Skinner, Canada Research Chair in Rural Aging, Health and Social Care. “Rural Aging: A Research and Policy Primer.”
  • Dr. Peri Ballantyne, Associate Professor, Sociology. “Life Course Trajectories of Ontario Injured Workers with Disabilities: Extending Capacity for Follow-up Research.”
  • Dr. Sally Chivers, Professor, English Literature. “Care Home Stories: Challenges, Changes, and Continuities.”

For more information, contact TCAS Director, Dr. Mark Skinner  

Sexual Consent Conference

We're pleased to sponsor keynote speaker Dr. Lori Schindel Martin and her talk on sexual consent and dementia. Dr. Schindel Martin takes the stage 3 June at 9:15 am at Gzowski College.

Intersections Feminist Seminar Series

Along with Intersections Feminist Seminar Series, we're delighted to co-host Doctoral Candidate, Barbara Ratzenböck on 3, 4 June for two informal and interactive events.

Ms. Ratzenböck is travelling from Austria to share her work with us, so please do come out to help us warmly welcome her. See the poster for details.


Change of Venue

The location of Dr. Áine Ní Léime's talk on 26 May has been changed from Alumni House to 126 Blackburn Hall. All other details remain the same.

Blackburn Hall is the first single story building on the right side of the road when coming onto Symons Campus. There is plenty of parking directly in front of the building.

Again, Dr. Ní Léime’s talk is entitled Active Ageing and Extended Working Life Policy: Older Workers in Secure and Precarious Occupations

All are welcome to attend - lunch will be served after the discussion at noon; please RSVP to so we can be sure there is enough food for everyone.


National Nursing Week 2016

Many Faces of Social Justice Research Summit // 11 May 12:30-4:00 pm, Wenjack Theatre, Trent University.

It's National Nursing Week and our own Mark Skinner will be participating in a panel discussion on social justice issues that encompass five focus areas.

Mark is offering his expertise on rural health/aging, and others will discuss mental health, women's health and gender, and indigenous communities.

Street Nurse and homeless advocate, Cathy Crowe will give the keynote, and many additional faculty members will highlight their own social justice research in an innovative "speed dating" format.

Come out and support the important work being done by the "backbone" of our health care system, and those whose research helps to support their efforts.

Leadership Award

Congratulations to Centre Member, Ann MacLeod for winning the inaugural Trent Community Leadership Award!

The prize is given to two staff members "who make exceptional contributions to the local community in the Peterborough or Durham regions." Ms. MacLeod was presented with a framed certificate, a $250 cash award, and an additional $250 to donate to a charity or agency of her choosing.

We're proud of your achievement Ann!


Ann MacLeod, Faculty Member, Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, Trent University



Dr. Rachel Winterton, La Trobe University, Australia

Visiting Scholar from Australia (March/April 2016)

TCAS welcomes visiting scholar, Dr. Rachel Winterton, La Trobe University, Australia to Trent University where she’ll work with Centre Director, Dr. Mark Skinner for the next few weeks.

Dr. Winterton’s work focuses on older people who migrate to rural areas to retire and asks how they view their citizenship, rights, and responsibilities as newcomers to rural places.

Drs. Winterton and Skinner met at the 2014 International Symposium in Aging Resource Communities: Population Dynamics, Community Development and the Voluntary Sector held at Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia. Finding they had similar research interests, they agreed to collaborate on future projects that compared experiences of voluntarism in rural Australia and Canada.

Though the focus of her visit is research and collaboration, Dr. Winterton has also generously agreed to speak as part of our ongoing Aging & Society Seminar Series.  Her talk, titled, Exploring the Nexus between Rural Citizenship and Retirement Migration: Reflections from the Australian Context will be given at Alumni House at 2 p.m. on Friday, 8 April with a social at The Céilie Pub to follow.

Please come out and support your Centre and help us give a warm and enthusiastic reception to Dr. Winterton.  


Spring Keynotes

The first month of spring saw two visits to Kingston, ON by Centre members. On 4 March, Dr. Stephen Katz was the invited Keynote speaker at the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health conference, "Aging, Are We Doing it Right?" Dr. Katz’s talk, "Images of Aging: Ageism, Anti-Aging, and Anti-Ageism" critically examined popular imagery of aging tying it to “neoliberal health agendas, retirement industries and consumer culture where growing older without aging is idealized.”

On 23 ...March, the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University hosted an Aging and Health Symposium. Scholars from Sweden joined our own Dr. Mark Skinner in a plenary that tackled “the challenges of providing health and social services in Sweden and Canada as their older populations grow.” Dr. Skinner’s talk, "Panacea, Paradox, Precarity: Volunteerism, Aging and Health in Rural Communities" looked at the challenges faced by rural communities many of which struggle with limited or uneven resources, including reliance on volunteers who themselves are getting older.


Expressive Arts and Aging

An innovative program designed to address social isolation in rural older people is the focus of Centre member and Faculty Member, Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, Ann MacLeod’s latest paper.

Just published in the Canadian Journal on Aging, “Connecting Socially Isolated Older Rural Adults with Older Volunteers through Expressive Arts” employs thematic and narrative inquiry to evaluate the program’s success. 

The paper finds that one on one sessions between a skilled volunteer and an older community member, with art as mediator, has many positive benefits for the socially isolated, including improved mental health outcomes.

Citing these results, MacLeod and her co-authors’ call on policy makers to fund and expand similar programs wherever they are needed.


Suds N' Speakers

March 17, 2016 at The Trend (Traill College)

Join Centre members Barb Marshall, May Chazan, and Mark Skinner for an informal, late afternoon discussion accompanied by yummy eats. The talk titles are sure to intrigue: From Decline to Desire: Sexing Up the Aging Body; From Active to Activist Aging; and From Panacea to Paradox: Older Volunteers in Aging Communities

Dr. Mark Skinner receives $500,000 to debunk myths of aging in rural communities

February 9, 2016, Trent University

Professor Skinner, a leading international authority on the evolving role of voluntarism in aging rural communities, will receive a total of $500,000 over five years to gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities of aging in rural and remote regions of Canada, and to help create supportive environments for healthy rural aging. More details here.

A Natural Fit: TCAS Partners with Trent Athletics Centre

January 31, 2016, Trent University

Two Centres at Trent University, the Trent Centre for Aging & Society and the Trent Athletics Centre, join forces with an official partnership aimed at boosting aging studies at Trent and fostering healthy and active aging in the community. More details here.

A Year in Review: TCAS 2015 Annual Report

January, 2016, Trent University

2015 was a fantastic year for the Trent Centre for Aging & Society! On Wednesday, January 13, the Centre published its 2015 Annual Report. You can read the full report here.

Three community partners come together to make a difference

January, 2016, Trent University

On Sunday, January 31, 2016 the Alzheimer Society Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes Northumberland and Haliburton (PKLNH), the Trent Centre for Aging & Society and the Trent Athletics Centre will team up to host the 14th annual indoor Walk for Alzheimer’s. More details here.


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