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Developing environments conductive to social participation: An intersectoral action plan to break with ageism


Mélanie Levasseur, Professeure - School of Rehabilitation
Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé
École de réadaptation
2e cycle
3e cycle
Stage postdoctoral
Campus de la santé

Project Description

Ageism - age-related stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination - hinders the contribution and involvement of older adults, and has negative consequences for their health, social integration and power to act. The master's / doctoral / postdoctoral project will be integrated into an innovative research project aimed at developing inclusive environments free of ageism, promoting the social participation of older adults and improving the health care and services intended for them. More specifically, it will mobilize health and community organizations, as well as older adults, to implement actions proven effective in breaking with ageism according to the best scientific evidence. In partnership with partner organizations and older adults, the action-research project aims to: 1) co-identify needs and co-construct priority actions to be implemented; 2) describe the implementation of priority actions by partner organizations, including facilitating factors, obstacles and essential conditions ensuring the quality of implementation; 3) examine their effects on manifestations of ageism and the social participation of older adults.

This action-research project will contribute to scientific knowledge in the field of social participation and the fight against ageism. It will also help identify the actions most likely to create inclusive environments that respect the needs, demands and choices of Quebec older adults.

Under the supervision of Pre Mélanie Levasseur and the research team, the student will play an active role in data collection and analysis, and in disseminating results to stakeholders, knowledge users and members of the scientific community. 

The Master's project will be carried out at the Research Centre on Aging (CdRV) of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS, one of the most important specialized centers on aging in Canada, and home to some fifty nationally and internationally recognized researchers in several disciplines. This renowned and well-established environment offers a dynamic setting, conducive to professional growth and the emergence of interdisciplinary research collaborations.

Special requirement: Apply for CdRV, FRQ and CIHR research grants

Discipline(s) by sector

Sciences de la santé

Ergothérapie, Gériatrie-gérontologie, Médecine préventive et communautaire, Sciences infirmières

Sciences sociales et humaines

Service social et travail social

The last update was on 23 November 2023. The University reserves the right to modify its projects without notice.