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When: Thursday, February 29th, 2024
Time: 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm
Location:Irene's Pub Restaurant | 885 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W4
Audience:Alumni, Anyone, Carleton Community, Current Students, Faculty, Media, Professionals, Staff and Faculty
Contact:Moira McGrath,

Author Meets Readers invites Carleton students and the community to join an informal discussion on new books published by members of the Carleton University Faculty of Public and Global Affairs.

About the Book: 

Care Homes in a Turbulent Era: Do They have a Future? ( Edward Elgar Press, 2023) considers whether and how care homes could be transformed to offer conditions of dignity and respect for all those who live in, work in, and visit in nursing homes.  But it goes further, to ask, can care homes be transformed to promote pleasure and joy? The contributing research team members’ answer to these questions is YES.  But they offer caveats and cautions about the challenges ahead.  Addressing care home issues is not a merely matter of repair or minor reform, although both could improve care. To achieve the goals of dignity and respect, care homes need a revolution. This book sets out ways forward. In doing so, it attends to context and populations as well as to other global and local forces, offering ideas worth sharing and promising practices rather than a single model or right way for care homes in the future. And it includes everyone who lives in, works in, manages, and visit in care homes.

About the Editors:

Susan Braedley MSW PhD is a Professor in the School of Social Work and the Director of the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University. Her research program considers care work in the context of socio-demographic aging, welfare state developments, and late capitalism. Her research outputs include digital stories, policy papers, publications for the general public, and open access academic books and articles. She is the PI of the SSHRC funded project, Bordering Aging, Bordering Care: Comparing Welfare State Approaches,  Associate Director of the SSHRC Partnership, Age-Friendly Communities-in-Communities: International Promising Practices, and a co-investigator on the SSHRC Partnership and subsequent projects directed by Pat Armstrong that aim to reimagine long-term care.

Pat Armstrong is a Canadian sociologist and Distinguished Research Professor at York University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Armstrong has served as a Chair for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in Health Services and Nursing Research and the Department of Sociology at York University.

As a Distinguished Research Professor, Armstrong helped begin a project called “Re-imagining Long-Term Residential Care: An International Study of Promising Practices” which searched for solutions to problems residents and care providers faced in long-term care. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Major Collaborative Research Initiatives program granted the research group $2.5 million in funding. The following year she was a recipient of the YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction.

Armstrong is a member of the board for the Canadian Health Coalition, an organization working with the Government of Canada to increase funding for socialized health care in the country.

This event is part of the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival.



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