engAGE: Concordia’s interdisciplinary Centre for Research on Aging is opening the doors to its new offices on the sixth floor of the ER Building. The centre, previously located in the Samuel Bronfman Building, aspires to change how we think about aging.
engAGE brings together researchers, students, artists, community partners, policy makers and older adults to explore creative ways to study age. The centre aims to think beyond individual health issues to consider how social, political, and environmental contexts influence how people experience aging.
Researchers at the centre are excited to welcome colleagues, students and older people themselves to the newly acquired and renovated spaces. The new space is more closely connected to the Sir George Williams campus, a short walk from the Guy Concordia metro and more accessible to people with diverse abilities.
“The new space presents an exciting opportunity for researchers, students and community organizations to come together. It’s a place to run events, conduct interviews, exchange knowledge or work on different projects,” says Meghan Joy, interim director of engAGE and associate professor of political science.
Workspaces are available to researchers and students from all faculties who are doing research related to aging. The space is wheelchair accessible and features meeting rooms and offices that engAGE research members, partners, and students can use.
“‘Old’ shouldn’t be a bad word,” explains Shannon Hebblethwaite, founding director of engAGE. “We want to dispel the myth that aging is a problem to be solved. Older people have lots of strengths and capacities and have much to contribute to our understanding of aging.”
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