Nov 14, 2016
Last month at the Canadian Association of Gerontology 46th Annual Scientific & Educational Meeting,
McMaster’s department of Health, Aging & Society, Postdoctoral Fellow, Jessica Pace was awarded the CIHR Institute of Aging’s top honor in postdoctoral poster competition.
The poster, entitled “Spaces, Places, and Transitions: Southern Labrador Inuit Perspectives on Aging Well”, reports on Pace’s postdoctoral research project. Her research takes the form of a community-based, participatory research which seeks to understand southern Labrador Inuit perceptions of transitions into aging and dementia and how these cultural perceptions of aging influence prevention, help-seeking, care giving, and service use in this region.
Her research illuminates community strengths and challenges related to aging, and includes areas where there is a need to develop culturally-safe programs, policies, and health promotion materials which reflect life in southern Labrador and support people to have better health as they age, and to age in place.
The research is funded by the Alzheimer Society of Canada.