Welcome to the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging in the Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University. The Centre serves as a critical hub of research, teaching and outreach.

Our mission is to improve all aspects of the lives of older adults in the community and in long-term care by linking research, education, policy and practice with local, national and global initiatives.

Latest News Items

May 17th, 2017

Exploring resilience and social participation among Hamilton’s older population

New student summer research project will explore the social participation among older adults in Hamilton.

May 17th, 2017

Retirement Reception in Honour of Professor Byron Spencer.

Join McMaster Alumni and Faculty on Friday, June 9th 2017, at 3:30 pm to celebrate the many achievements of Professor Byron Spencer.

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Upcoming Events


Community Conference

Older Adults Information Session-Halton Police

Thu, Jun 1, 2017 to Fri, Jun 30, 2017
| 1:00 AM | Thursday June 1 Community Policing Centre 460 Barton Street East 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Wednesday June 7 Stoney Creek Municipal Resource Centre 777 Highway #8 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Wednesday June 14 Hamilton Public Library Waterdown (Seniors Centre) 163 Dundas Street East, Waterdown 12:30 pm - 3:45 pm Wednesday June 21 Hamilton Public Library (Turner Park) 352 Rymal Road East – 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Friday June 30 Dundas Seniors Centre 10 Market Street South – 9 am - 12 pm  

Hamilton Poilce Seniors support, Halton Police


Community Conference

Aging in Community Event- Strengthening Connections through Faith Communities

Thu, Jun 8, 2017 | 2:00 PM | First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, 170 Dundurn St S

Dr. Ellen Ryan and Rev. Loretta Jaunzarins, McMaster University and Grace Lutheran Church


Community Conference

Older! Faster! Stronger! Research to Action London 2017

Fri, Jun 9, 2017 to Sat, Jun 10, 2017
| 9:00 AM | 1285 Western Road, London, ON- Friday, June 9 2017 Mercato Hall and St. James Auditorium London, Ontario- Saturday, June 10 2017