Dr. Verena Menec is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and the Director of the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba. She received a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Manitoba.
Dr. Menec holds a Canada Research Chair in Healthy Aging. Her main research interests lie in the areas of healthy aging, determinants of healthy aging, age-friendly communities, and health care utilization among older adults, particularly at the end of life.
Commentaries by Dr. Verena Menec:
Why we need to rethink the nursing home model // Repenser le modèle des maisons de soins infirmiers
Why seniors matter — and how they contribute to our everyday lives // Pourquoi les personnes âgées sont importantes et comment elles contribuent à nos vies quotidiennes
Age-friendly communities create a healthier society for everyone // Les collectivités-amies des aînés créent une société plus saine pour tout le monde
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Posters by Dr. Verena Menec:
“We don’t need more nursing home beds, we need more care options so people have choices.”
Read the commentary: Why we need to rethink the nursing home model
“Acute care settings, like hospitals and emergency rooms, are not ideally suited for end-of-life care for the elderly, yet 50-60% of older adults in Canada die in a hospital.”
“Acknowledging seniors’ contributions would help to make ours a more age-inclusive society that does not put one generation against the other. It would also be a more accurate reflection of how most of us engage with each other in our every day lives”
Read the commentary: Why seniors matter — and how they contribute to our everyday lives
“Older people do a great deal for communities. They’re taxpayers and caregivers and without them, many communities would no longer be sustainable. It’s time to turn the lens around and ask what communities are doing for them. The age-friendliness of our cities and towns needs to become a priority.”
Read the commentary: Age-friendly communities create a healthier society for everyone