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#HASTALKS: Social Disadvantage, Gentrification and Chronic Conditions in Seniors

Co-hosted by the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging. Ronica Rooks, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Health and Behavioural Sciences, and Director of Online Education, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Colorado Denver, will discuss her research, which will examine relationships between social disadvantage, community environments, particularly gentrification, and prevalent chronic conditions and management in Hamilton, Ontario.

Jan 22, 2020


#HASTALKS
is a seminar series curated by The Department of Health, Aging & Society at McMaster University.

This event is co-hosted by the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging.

Social Disadvantage, Gentrification and Chronic Conditions in Seniors

Where we live, learn, work and play impact our health, but this is more apt for seniors. Community environment, i.e. an individual’s residential area, including social and physical environments, is important to seniors’ health. Gentrification, i.e. the transformation of neighborhoods from low to high value, can make community-dwelling seniors more vulnerable. Seniors are susceptible to gentrification and residential displacement risk due to limited retirement incomes, stressors like increased property taxes and financial strain, residential turnover and changing access to goods and services. Thus, gentrification may exacerbate social disadvantages [e.g., lower socioeconomic status (SES) and racial/ethnic minority status] related to disparities in chronic conditions (CC). But, little gentrification research focuses on these issues. My research will examine relationships between social disadvantage, community environments, particularly gentrification, and prevalent CC and management in Hamilton, Ontario. I will use the Hamilton Neighbourhoods Study, a survey of adults’ neighborhood priorities and concerns; conduct focus groups with community-dwelling, well-functioning (i.e. free of assistive devices for physical functioning) seniors 65+; and conduct key informant interviews with senior service providers. Analyses include multivariate and logistic regression for the survey and thematic analysis of focus groups and key informant interviews.

Date:  February 5, 2020
Time:  1:00 - 2:00 PM
Location:  L.R. Wilson Hall, Room 1003

Light refreshments will be provided.

ALL are welcome to attend this FREE session!  View poster: Social Disadvantage, Gentrification and Chronic Conditions in Seniors