Upcoming Events

October 16, 2019
Join us for the 2019 Stephen Katz Lecture in Interdisciplinary Aging Studies, "Bunions, Brain Games & Belly Fat: Ageing & Algorithmic Media" with Dr. Kim Sawchuk. The event will take place at the Trent University Student Centre. More details here.

November 14, 2019
All welcome to the TCAS Journal Club on November 14 from 3-4:30pm at Alumni House, Trent University. The article to be discussed is "I'm G-Mom On the Phone': Remote grandmothering, cellphones, and inter-generational dis/connections" by Sawchuk and Crow (2012). Contact Albana Stafa with questions or to register: View the poster here.

January 21, 2020
Please save the date for our second Aging & Society Seminar of the academic year, with Dr. Kirsten Ellison. Dr. Ellison will speak to Aging and the language of intervention: How we make sense of living beyond the bounds of age. All welcome to this free event from 12-1:30pm. More details to follow.


Past Events

September 24, 2019
"Informing Care: Tracing tensions in everyday information work in dementia care" with Dr. Nicole Dalmer. More details here.




Aging in the City Series: EngAGEing Ideas for Age-Friendly Communities

The "Aging in the City" series examines key issues for aging equity, including quality care and work in long-term care; the social determinants of health and aging; and thinking through issues related to aging, diversity and difference. On Oct 18, 6-8 pm professors from this research project will hold a public information session at the Toronto Reference Library as part of the series. They invite seniors living in Toronto who are interested in research participation and members of organizations that serve and represent seniors to join them to talk about age-friendly practices for a diverse city. TCAS Director Dr. Sally Chivers, is a co-investigator on the project and will be presenting at the event. Learn more

Late Life Homelessness

All are invited to the second annual Stephen Katz Lecture in Interdisciplinary Aging Studies with our esteemed guest, Dr. Amanda Grenier. Dr. Grenier will discuss the results of her four-year ethnographic study on homelessness in Montreal, Quebec. The Lecture will take place at 5:30 pm on October 10th, 2018 at Bagnani Hall, Traill College, Trent University (310 London St., Peterborough, ON). Light refreshments will be served at this free event. Kindly RSVP to or by calling (705) 748-1011 x 6440.


Creative Teamwork: Developing Rapid, Site Switching Ethnography

Join leading scholars from Trent University, Carleton University, and York University on Tuesday, March 6 at The Gathering Space, Gzowski College from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Details below - don't forget to RSVP to

Book Launch

5 pm to 7 pm at the Peterborough Public Library, 345 Aylmer St. N., Peterborough

Details below - don't forget to RSVP to



The Challenges of Reintegrating Senior Parolees into the Community and Long-term Care Facilities

On February 22, 2018, the Citizens Advisory Committee, Correctional Services Canada, Peterborough Reintegration Services (formerly Peterborough Community Chaplaincy), Trent Nursing, Sociology, Forensic Science, and the Trent Centre for Aging & Society joined together to explore the pressing issue of how we reintegrate senior parolees into our communities and long-term care facilities.


Aging in a Post-aging, Post-Queer World

We're delighted to host Drs. Doreen Fumia and Jane Traies on Tuesday, November 7 at The Gathering Space, Gzowski College from 11 am to 1 pm.

See the poster for all the details, and don't forget to RSVP to


Redirection: Movers, Shakers, and Shifters

People are living longer than ever and they are thinking differently about work and retirement. Join us for a screening of a new documentary that explores the changing work-life experiences of five Canadians over 50. Stay for a discussion with the filmmaker, Dr. Suzanne Cook, moderated by Dr. Mark Skinner, director of the Trent Centre for Aging & Society, and hear from a local panel of older adults and service providers about their experiences in the Peterborough area.


The Trent Centre for Aging & Society and the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging is pleased to co-host 'Futures of Aging' on March 8, 2017.

This FREE event will bring together faculty, students (current and alumni), seniors, and community partners with an interest in social aspects of aging. The day will provide networking opportunities, a faculty panel of leading researchers speaking on the future of aging research in Canada, a keynote by Dr. Neil Hanlon (University of Northern British Columbia), as well as student specific sessions. 

A student poster session ‘Are We There Yet?: New Directions in Aging’ will provide students with the opportunity to showcase their graduate work in the field of aging to peers and faculty from both Trent and McMaster. 

Important Deadlines

Registration deadline: February 10, 2017

Student Poster Abstract Submission: Must accompany registration

If you are interested in attending, please complete the registration form and email to

Intersections: A Feminist Seminar Series

November 8th from 12 to 2 pm in the Senior Common Room at Traill College.

Hosted by Aging Activisms, Gender and Women's Studies, and TCAS, Nadine Changfoot will present, alongside two of her community research collaborators, Mary Anne Ansley and Andrea Dodson.

Their talk is called "Generative Intersectionalities: Strengthening Our Activisms at the Intersections of the Personal, Professional, Disability, and Aging."

This will be a dynamic and intimate glimpse into important, community-engaged, feminist research.

Bonus: lunch is included! (Black Honey - yum!!).

Please join us. All are welcome. RSVP to Tessa by November 3rd:

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 detail

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.

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.

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