COVID-19: The CREGÉS takes action


A series of short interviews with members of the Centre for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology (CREGÉS) on the on the social issues of ageing in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. These interviews are hosted by Mélanie Couture, Institutional researcher at CREGÉS.

Soutenir les personnes âgées endeuillées

With Valérie Bourgeois-Guérin

In this first edition of CREGÉS COVID-19 INTERVIEWS, we will focus on how to support older adults in grieving situations. We will explore the challenges our grieving older adults and our practitioners in this particular context as well as the solutions and resources that can be used to provide support.

Mistreatment of residents in long term care facilities.

With Sarita Israel

In this second edition of CREGÉS COVID-19 INTERVIEWS, we will explore this delicate issue, which has been subject of much attention in the media recently. We will adress how the pandemic has pushed this issue into the forefront as well as explore possible solutions to counter mistreatment of older adults in this care context.


COVID-19 exchange platform (private Facebook group).

Under the initiative of CREGÉS researcher Hélène Carbonneau, , the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and l'Appui pour les proches aidants d'aînés created a Facebook group, to be a COVID-19 exchange platform for community practitioners. This group will allow its members to share inspiring practices and innovations in community support for older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers, or vulnerable populations.

COVID-19 Resource Directory: Older adults and Caregivers of older adults.

Website for archiving content shared within the "COVID-19 Exchange Platform". Find in a tab the content relevant to older adults and caregivers of older adults in loss of autonomy. A grant from the Quebec Network for Research on Aging (RQRV) was awarded to several CREGÉS members to evaluate these initiatives: Hélène Carbonneau (principal researcher), Sophie Éthier, Mélanie Couture, Ginette Aubin, Sébastien Grenier, Valérie Poulin and Martin Caouette (co-researchers).


Caring for Persons with Dementia in the Context of COVID 19: Navigating Stress, Loss and Grief.

Organized by the Alzheimer Groupe -AGI, this webinar with Tamara Sussman that take place on June 2, 2020 aims to reflect on the unique challenges faced by those who support people with dementia and discuss strategies to manage the inevitable stress, loss and grief associated with this essential role.

Long-Term Care Policy Under the Microscope: A conversation with Patrik Marier.

Organized by the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) and the CREGÉS, this webinar with Patrik Marier, in conversation with Daniel Béland took place on June 16, 2020. This webinar complements the article COVID-19 and Long-Term Care Policy for Older People. .


COVID-19 and long-term care policy for older people in Canada.

Béland, D. & Marier, P. (2020). Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 1-7.

In this article, the authors stress recent developments in Quebec, where a tragedy in a long-term care facility acts as a dramatic milestone. It exposes the problems facing long-term care facilities, considering the existing policy legacies and the possibility of this event facilitating comprehensive policy reforms in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ageism and COVID-19: What does our society’s response say about us?

Fraser, S., Lagacé, M., Bongué B., Ndeye, N., Guyot, J., Bechard, L., Garcia, L., Taler, V., CCNA Social Inclusion and Stigma Working Group, Adam, S., Beaulieu, M., D Bergeron, C., Boudjemadi, V., Desmette, D., Donizzetti, A. R, Éthier, S., Garon,S., Gillis, M., Levasseur, M., Lortie-Lussier, M., Marier, P., Robitaille, A., Sawchuk, K., Lafontaine, C. & Tougas F. (2020). Age and Ageing. Under Press.

This commentary highlights the ageism which emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 20 international researchers in the field of aging have contributed to this document.


Les soins de longue durée sous la loupe.

Marier, P. & Béland, D. (2020). Options Politiques. Dossier : La pandémie de coronavirus : la réponse du Canada.

In this article, the authors point out that it took a crisis of unprecedented proportions for the living conditions of older adults in long-term care facilities to mobilize the political leadership. They note the importance of developing a more social and deinstitutionalized vision of long-term care and, from a comparative perspective, they address the issue of provincial choices in long-term care.