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.
  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.
  10. Simpson, C. (1997). Living the Art of the Human Becoming Theory. Nursing Science Quarterly, 10(4), 175–179.

Perception and stereotyping of aging

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Mitchell, G. J., Dupuis, S. L., & Kontos, P. C. (2013). Dementia discourse: From imposed suffering to knowing other-wise. Journal of Applied Hermeneutics.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Horton, S., Baker, Pearce, W., & Deakin, J.M. (2010). Immunity to popular stereotypes of aging? Seniors and stereotype threat. Educational Gerontology, 36, 353-371.
  11. Dogra, S., Meisner, B., & Baker, J. (2008). Psychosocial predictors of physical activity in older aged asthmatics. Age and Ageing, 37, 449-454.
  12. Horton, S., Baker, J., & Côté, J., & Deakin, J.M. (2008) Understanding seniors’ perceptions and stereotypes of aging. Educational Gerontology, 34, 997-1017.
  13. 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. 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.
  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. 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.
  4. 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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Proulx (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
  6. 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.