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.
  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. 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. Gayman, A.M., Fraser-Thomas, J., Spinney, J.E.L., Stone, R.C., & Baker, J. (2017). Leisure time physical activity and sedentary behaviour in older people: The influence of sport involvement on behavior patterns in later life. AIMS Public Health, 4(2), 171-188.
  3. Gayman, A., Fraser-Thomas, J., & Baker, J. (2017). Relational developmental systems metatheory: A conceptual framework to understand and promote older adults’ involvement in sport. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 14:12. DOI 10.1186/s11556-017- 0182-6.
  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.
  5. Gayman, A.M., Fraser-Thomas, J., Dionigi, R.A., Horton, S., & Baker, J. (2017). Is sport good for older adults? A systematic review of psychosocial outcomes of older adults’ sport participation, International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 10(1), 164-185, DOI: 10.1080/1750984X.2016.1199046.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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. 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.
  2. Banerjee, A., & Armstrong, P. (2015) Centring care: explaining regulatory tensions in residential care for older persons. Studies in Political Economy, 95:1,7-28.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.