Research Seminar Series
The Centre on Aging's Research Seminar Series is an ongoing series of presentations in which our Research Affiliates and their students can share and discuss their academic research in aging related fields.

Research Seminar Series

As the Centre on Aging celebrates its 35th year at the University of Manitoba, we will be bringing our research affiliates into the community to share their research.

Join us for our research seminars, starting in December 2017 to April 2018, at the Millennium Library downtown. All seminars will start at noon and all are welcome to attend.

Note: Due to the room size, seating is first come, first serve.

Join us for our first research seminar of the new year!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
12:00–1:00 PM
Millennium Library (Anhang Room) | 251 Donald Street

Mindsets matter: The psychology of aging well
Judith Chipperfield, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
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Psychological factors are central to understanding how individuals adapt to the challenges of aging. When facing a severe health crisis or even the incidental obstacles of day-to-day life, one’s mindset can play a role. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Chipperfield has studied the beliefs, expectations, and coping strategies of older Manitobans. Her research program suggests that adaptive mindsets can bolster beneficial behaviors like physical activity and the strategic use of health care services, and maladaptive mindsets can undermine subjective well being, increase the need for health services, and reduce longevity. Dr. Chipperfield will summarize a selection of findings and highlight her future direction to develop a cognitive treatment that encourages older adults to shift their mindsets in order to benefit from more adaptive ways of thinking.

Upcoming research seminars

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
12:00–1:00 PM
Millennium Library (Anhang Room) | 251 Donald Street
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Looking inwards: How aspects of the self can be used to understand and influence health behaviour
Shaelyn Strachan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

How we view ourselves is a recognized influence on behaviour, including behaviours that impact our health. In this research presentation, I will discuss my own and other research that addresses how self-perceptions can be examined to understand people’s motivation for and management of health behaviours. I will also share findings from intervention studies designed to alter aspects of the self to impact how people process health information or to promote health behavioural engagement.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
12:00–1:00 PM
Millennium Library (Anhang Room) | 251 Donald Street
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Age-friendly Regions—Planning beyond communities
Richard Milgrom, PhD
Associate Professor, Department Head, City Planning, Faculty of Architecture

Many Manitoba communities have been studied to determine how well they support quality of life for older adults. However, demographic changes in Manitoba are not equally distributed—both in terms of growth and aging. In some areas, communities declining in populations most rapidly, are also aging disproportionately. The loss of population and tax base undermines services and amenities that older adults use. This suggests that, while it is important to make towns and villages as age-friendly as possible, a regional approach to the provision of services may be necessary in some regions of the province.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
12:00–1:00 PM
Millennium Library (Anhang Room) | 251 Donald Street
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Tips to help older adults stay physically active: How supportive environments can help
Elizabeth Ready, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

Older adults have much to gain from being physically active, yet they face increasing challenges with age (e.g., health issues, safety, transportation).  Healthy aging is enhanced both by building physical and mental capacity, and by seeking environments that support healthy choices.  This presentation will highlight ways that older adults can use physical activity to enhance their capacity. It will also examine how age-friendly communities support and enable people to age actively, and thus help to keep us healthy and fit. 

Past seminars

Friday, December 1, 2017
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The doctor can see your records now: How electronic medical records can benefit an aging population
José François, MD, CCFP, FCFP, MMedEd
Head, Department of Family Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

The effects of technology is far reaching not only in our daily lives, but can also benefit a patient’s visit and interaction with physicians at medical health centres. The migration of patient records to an electronic medical record (EMR), provides a digital version of a paper chart containing all of a patient’s medical history from his/her physician’s office, allowing for a more effective visit. For the growing number of older adults accessing the health care system and the small number of geriatric physicians, who specialize in the complex needs of older adults, the EMR provides physicians with details in real time allowing patients to access the necessary care needed. This presentation will focus on the development of EMRs and look at the benefits for an aging population and physicians.

The University of Manitoba is committed to achieving accessibility for those disabled by barriers. Please contact Rachel by email at or call 204-474-8754 in advance if you require any accessibility accommodations to participate.

Join us for our next research seminar!


Dr. Judy Chipperfield will present Mindsets matter: The psychology of aging well on January 24, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018—12:00 PM
Millennium Library (Anhang Room) | 251 Donald Street

Upcoming seminar

The next research seminar will take place Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 12:00 PM, Millennium Library