Aging Policy and Healthy Aging Promotion


The research produced by YU-CARE members and associates with regards to aging policy and healthy age promotion are impactful at the individual, organizational, and societal levels. Research spans from topics including:

  • Employment, retirement & aging;
  • Sports & leisure programs for healthy aging; and
  • Long-term care policies and regulations for older persons.

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Employment, retirement & aging

  1. Higo, M. & Thomas R. Klassen, T.R. (2017) Reforms of Retirement Policies: Three Common Paths in Aging in Japan and Korea. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 29:1, 70-83.
  2. The Redirection Project: Movers, Shakers and Shifters Cannexus17, Ottawa, 2017.
  3. Klassen TR, Higo M (2016) Rapid Population Ageing and Reforms to Contractual Mandatory Retirement in Japan and South Korea. Journal of Gerontology Geriatric Research. 5:350.
  4. Cook, S. L. (2015). Redirection: An extension of career during retirement. The Gerontological Society of America, 55(3), 360-373. [PDF]
  5. Hering, M., & Klassen, T.R. (2010). Strengthening Fairness and Funding in the Canada Pension Plan: Is Raising the Retirement Age an Option? Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 263, McMaster University.
  6. Klassen, T.R. and Gillin, C.T. (2005). "Legalized Age Discrimination." Journal of Law and Social Policy 20: 35-51.
  7. Gillin, C. T. and Klassen, T.R. (1995). “Age discrimination and mandatory retirement policies: A comparison of labor market regulation in Canada and the United States,” Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 7.1: 85-102.

Sports & Leisure Programs for Healthy Aging

  1. Massie, A. S.,* & Meisner, B. A. (2019). Perceptions of aging and experiences of ageism as constraining factors of moderate to vigorous leisure-time physical activity in later life. Society & Leisure, 42(1), 24-42. doi: 10.1080/07053436.2019.1582903 [Note: Special Issue on Social Participation, Leisure, and Active Aging]
  1. Meisner, B. A., Hutchinson, S. L., Gallant, K. A., Lauckner, H., & Stilwell, C. L.* (2019). Taking ‘Steps to Connect’ to later life: Exploring leisure program participation among older adults in rural communities. Society & Leisure, 42(1), 69-90. doi: 10.1080/07053436.2019.1582914 [Note: Special Issue on Social Participation, Leisure, and Active Aging]
  1. Stilwell, C. L.,* Hutchinson, S. L., & Meisner, B. A. (2019). ‘I’ve got Parkinson’s and that makes a difference’: Understanding health and leisure through a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. Society & Leisure, 42(1), 43-55. doi: 10.1080/07053436.2019.1582904 [Note: Special Issue on Social Participation, Leisure, and Active Aging]
  1. Dixon, J., Horton, S., Chittle, L., & Baker, J. (in press). Relative age effects in sport: International perspectives. Routledge/Taylor and Francis. (publication date – Summer 2020).
  2. Helsen, W., Li, Z., Mao, L., Steingröver, C., Wattie, N., Baker, J., & Schorer, J. (in press). Relative age effects in elite Chinese soccer players: Implications of the ‘one-child’ policy. PLoS ONE (accepted January 27, 2020).
  1. Dehghansai, N., Spedale, D., Wilson, M. J., & Baker, J. (in press). Comparing developmental trajectories of elite able-bodied and wheelchair basketball players. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (accepted December 11, 2019).
  1. Meisner, B. A., Hutchinson, S. L., Gallant, K. A., Lauckner, H., & Stilwell, C. L. (2019). Taking ‘Steps to Connect’ to later life: Exploring leisure program participation among older adults in rural communities. Society & Leisure, 42(1), 69-90.
  2. Memme, J. M., A. T Erlich, G. Phukan, and D. A. Hood. Exercise and mitochondrial health. Physiol. (Lond.) in press, 2019
  3. Oliveira, A. N. and D. A. Hood. Exercise is mitochondrial medicine for muscle. Sports Medicine and Health Science. 1:000-000, 2019
  4. Hutchinson, S. L., Lauckner, H., Meisner, B. A., Gallant, K. A., & Silversides, C. (2017). Fostering self-determination and sense of belonging through leisure education: Reflections on the Steps to Connect program. Society & Leisure, 40(3), 360-376.
  1. Manson, J., Rotondi, M., Jamnik, V., Arden, C., & Tamim, H. (2013). Effect of tai chi on musculoskeletal health-related fitness and self-reported physical health changes in low income, multiple ethnicity mid to older adults. BMC Geriatrics13(114), 1471-2318. [PDF]
  1. Manson, J. & Ritvo, P. & Ardern, C. & Weir, P. & Baker, J. & Jamnik, V. & Tamim, H. (2013). Tai Chi’s Effects on Health-Related Fitness of Low-Income Older Adults. Canadian Journal on Aging / La Revue canadienne du vieillissement 32(3), 270-277. [PDF]
  1. Meisner, B., Weir, P., & Baker, J. (2013). The relationship between aging expectations and various modes of physical activity among aging adults. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 569-576.
  1. Baker, J., Fraser-Thomas, J., Dionigi, R., & Horton, S. (2010). Sport participation and positive development in older persons. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 7, 3-12.
  2. Meisner, B.A., Dogra, S., Logan, A.J., Baker, J., & Weir, P.L. (2010). Do or decline: Comparing the effects of physical inactivity on biopsychosocial components of successful aging. Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 688-696.
  3. Baker, J., Meisner, B., Logan, J. Kungl, A.M., & Weir, P. (2009). Physical activity and successful aging in Canadian seniors. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 17, 223-235.
  4. Dogra, S., Meisner, B., & Baker, J. (2008). Psychosocial predictors of physical activity in older aged asthmatics. Age and Ageing, 37, 449-454.

Long-term Care Policies and Regulations for older Persons

  1. Barber, B. V.,* Weeks, L. E., Spassiani, N. A., & Meisner, B. A. (2020). Experiences of health and aging for younger adults in long-term care: A social-ecological multi-method approach. Disability & Society. Online. doi: 10.1080/09687599.2020.1751074 2. Fiocco, A. J., & Meisner, B. A. (2020). Mindful aging: The association between trait
  2. Pat Armstrong, Hugh Armstrong, Tamara Daly, Jacqueline Choiniere (2019) “Political Economy and Health”, for Change and Continuity: Canadian Political Economy in the New Millennium ed. by Mark Thomas, Leah F. Vosko, Carlo Fanelli, McGill Queen’s University Press, pp 229-244.
  1. Armstrong, P., Armstrong, H., & MacLeod, K. K. (2016). The threats of privatization to security in long-term residential care. Ageing International, 41(1), 99-116.
  1. Banerjee, A., & Armstrong, P. (2015) Centring care: explaining regulatory tensions in residential care for older persons. Studies in Political Economy, 95:1,7-28.
  1. Armstrong, H., Armstrong, P., & Daly, T. (2012). The thin blue line: Long term care as an indicator of equity in welfare states. Canadian Women Studies, 29(3), 49-60.
  1. Daly (2007). Out of place: mediating health and social care in Ontario's long-term care sector. Canadian journal on aging = La revue canadienne du vieillissement, 26 Suppl 1(Suppl 1), 63–75.