The psychology of aging

The research produced by YU-CARE members and associates along the theme of the psychology of aging is impactful at the individual, organizational, and societal levels. Research spans from topics including:

  • The role of drama in aging;
  • Perception and stereotyping of aging;
  • The human being and the experience of aging; and
  • Mental illness, illness, and the aging experience.

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The Role of Drama in Aging

  1. Kontos, P., Miller, K.-L., Mitchell, G. J., & Stirling-Twist, J. (2017). Presence redefined: The reciprocal nature of engagement between elder-clowns and persons with dementia. Dementia, 16(1), 46–66. 
  2. Dupuis, S.L., Mitchell, G.J., Jonas-Simpson, C.M., Whyte, C.P., Gillies, J.L., Carson, J.D. (2015). Igniting transformative change in dementia care through research-based drama. The Gerontologist, 56:6, 1042-1052.
  3. Malone, M. R., & Meisner, B. A. (2015). Nebraska: Oscar® winning representations of aging and older adults. Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 10(1), 1-5. [PDF]
  4. Dupuis, S. L., Gillies, J., Mitchell, G. J., Jonas-Simpson, C., Whyte, C., & Carson, J. (2011). Catapulting shifts in images, understandings, and actions for family members through research-based drama. Family Relations60(1), 104-120.
  5. Mitchell, G. J., Dupuis, S., & Jonas-Simpson, C. (2011). Countering stigma with understanding: The role of theatre in social change and transformation. Canadian Theatre Review146.
  6. Mitchell, G. J., Dupuis, S., Jonas-Simpson, C., Whyte, C., Carson, J., & Gillis, J. (2011). The experience of engaging with research-based drama: Evaluation and explication of synergy and transformation. Qualitative Inquiry, 17(4), 379–392.
  7. Kontos, P. C., Mitchell, G. J., Mistry, B., & Ballon, B. (2010). Using drama to improve person-centred dementia care. International Journal of Older People Nursing5, 159-168.
  8. Jonas-Simpson, C. M. (2003). The Experience of Being Listened to: A Human Becoming Study with Music. Nursing Science Quarterly, 16(3), 232–238.
  9. Jonas-Simpson, C. M. (2001). Feeling Understood: A Melody of Human Becoming. Nursing Science Quarterly, 14(3), 222–230.

Perception and Stereotyping of 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]
  2. Dogra, S., Al-Sahab, B., Manson, J., & Tamim, H. (2015). Aging expectations are associated with physical activity and health among older adults of low socioeconomic status. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity23(2), 180-186.
  3. Harris, L. R., Carenvale, M. J., D'Amour, S., Fraser, L. E., Harrar, V., Hoover, A. E., ... Mander, C. (2015). How our body influences our perception of the world. Frontiers in Psychology6.
  4. Malone, M. R., & Meisner, B. A. (2015). Nebraska: Oscar® winning representations of aging and older adults. Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 10(1), 1-5. [PDF]
  5. 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.
  6. Meisner, B. A., & Baker, J. (2013). An exploratory analysis of aging expectations and health care behavior among aging adults. Psychology & Aging, 28(1), 99-104.
  7. Mitchell, G. J., Dupuis, S. L., & Kontos, P. C. (2013). Dementia discourse: From imposed suffering to knowing other-wise. Journal of Applied Hermeneutics.
  8. Sparks, C. R., Meisner, B. A., & Young, B. W. (2013). Investigating general and self-expectations regarding aging in a physical activity context. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 44(1), 17-36. [PDF]
  9. Meisner, B. A. (2012). A meta-analysis of positive and negative age stereotype priming effects on behavior among older adults. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 67(1), 13-17.
  10. Leung, K. K., Finlay, J., Silvius, J. L., Koehn, S., McCleary, L., Cohen, C. A., ... Persaud, M. (2011). Pathways to diagnosis: exploring the experiences of problem recognition and obtaining a dementia diagnosis among Anglo-Canadians. Health and Social Care in the Community19(4), 372-381.
  11. Horton, S., Baker J., Pearce, W., & Deakin, J.M. (2010). Immunity to popular stereotypes of aging? Seniors and stereotype threat. Educational Gerontology, 36, 353-371.
  12. Dogra, S., Meisner, B., & Baker, J. (2008). Psychosocial predictors of physical activity in older aged asthmatics. Age and Ageing, 37, 449-454.
  13. Horton, S., Baker, J., & Côté, J., & Deakin, J.M. (2008) Understanding seniors’ perceptions and stereotypes of aging. Educational Gerontology, 34, 997-1017.
  14. Horton, S., Baker, J., Pearce, G.W., & Deakin, J.M. (2008). On the malleability of performance: Implications for seniors. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 27, 446-465.

The Human Being and the Experience of Aging

  1. Verschoor CP, Tamim H. (2018). Frailty is inversely related to age at menopause and elevated in women who have had a hysterectomy: an analysis of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med ScI. doi: 10.1093/gerona/gly092. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed [citation] PMID: 29688443
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Brandt, J., Campodonico, J. R., Rich, J. B., Baker, L., Steele, C., Ruff, T., ... Lyketsos, C. (1998). Adjustment to residential placement in Alzheimer disease patients: Does premorbid personality matter? International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry13, 509-515.
  5. Daly, J., Mitchell, G. J., & Jonas-Simpson, C. M. (1996). Quality of Life and the Human Becoming Theory: Exploring Discipline-Specific Contributions. Nursing Science Quarterly, 9(4), 170–174.

Mental Illness, Illness, and the Aging Experience

  1. Fiocco, A. J., & Meisner, B. A. (2020). Mindful aging: The association between trait mindfulness and expectations regarding aging among middle aged and older adults. Aging & Mental Health, 24(4), 591-595. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2018.1544216
  2. Tatham, E. L., Shaikh, K. T., Vandermorris, S., Troyer, A. K., & Rich, J. B. (in press). Assessing one’s sense of normalcy: Psychometric properties of the Subjective Normalcy Inventory. Aging and Mental Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2019.1699018
  3. Gauthier, L.R., Dworkin, R.H., Warr, D., Pillai Riddell, R., Macpherson, A., Rodin, G., Zimmermann, C., Librach, S.L., Moore, M., Shepherd, F.A., & Gagliese, L. (April, 2018). Age-related patterns in cancer pain and its psychosocial impact: investigating the role of variability in physical and mental health quality of life. Pain Medicine, 19(4):658-676. (6 citations)
  4. Marcia Rioux and Tamara Daly (2019) “Constructing Disability and Illness” in Staying Alive: Critical Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health Care. Edition III Eds. Dennis Raphael, Toba Bryant and Marcia Rioux, Canadian Scholars Press, 305 – 324 -- Forthcoming December 2019.
  5. Fox, M.T., Al-Haj, M., & Ko, C. (2012). Why do Complex Continuing Care residents confine themselves to bed?” Perspectives, Journal of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association, 35(3), 16-17.  
  6. Stone, R.C., Meisner, B.A. & Baker, J. (2012). Mood disorders among older adults participating in individual and group active environments: ‘Me’ versus ‘us’, or both? Journal of Aging Research.
  7. Lo, C., Lin, J., Gagliese, L., Zimmerman, C., Mikulincer, M., & Rodin, G. (2010). Age and depression in patients with metastatic cancer: the protective effects of attachment security and spiritual wellbeing. Ageing and Society, 30(2), 326-336.
  8. Rapp, M. S., Flint, A. J., Herrmann, N., & Proulx, G.-B. (1992). Behavioural disturbances in the demented elderly: Phenomenology, pharmacotherapy and behavioural management*. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 37(9), 651–657.
  9. Proulx GB. (1989) Management of Disruptive Behaviours in the Cognitively Impaired Elderly: Integrating Neuropsychological and Behavioural Approaches. In: Conn D.K., Grek A., Sadavoy J. (eds) Psychiatric Consequences of Brain Disease in the Elderly: A Focus on Management. Springer, Boston, MA
  10. Proulx, G.B. & Campbell, K.B. (1987). The management of apparent “paranoid” behavior in a patient with multi-infarct dementia. Clinical Gerontologist, 6:2, 119-128.