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Entries by Theodore D Cosco
(17 entries)


Integrating stable and modifiable aspects of resilience into healthy aging

Of the many challenges in life course epidemiology is unpacking the complex interrelationships between stable and modifiable attributes across a lifetime of unique experiences and exposures that im...


Long-term implications of high-stress occupations in midlife: The role of resilience resources

Although there are many health-related advantages to higher socioeconomic position, the relationship between high job-strain, work-related stress, and psychosocial working conditions in midlife can...


A COVID-19 catch-22: Challenges and opportunities of social connection technologies

Having just crossed the threshold of a year since COVID-19 became a global pandemic, there has been ample time to observe the ways in which technology has been used as a means of fostering social c...


Social media, knowledge translation, and gerontological research

Social media platforms have become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives with inroads into sports, politics, and increasingly, research. With humble beginnings as software developed with the intent ...


Canadians Aging in Place

As Canada celebrates its 153rd birthday this July 1, the population of aging Canadians continues to expand with more than 6.5 million people aged 65 and older and approximately 7% of these individu...


Resilience in older adults: Methodological challenges

When faced with the challenges of growing older, some people fare better than others when they experience similar levels of adversity.  We call this “resilience”. The likelihood of...


Technology, ageing, and the importance of including older adults in research

As the the world experiences a global demographic shift towards older adults, we are simultaneously experiencing an unprecedented expansion in technological innovation. Naturally, these two phenome...


Silver Stoners: Cannabis use amongst older Canadians

Older adults are the fastest growing demographic of Canadian cannabis users; however the implications of cannabis use for older adults are largely unknown. Despite this, there are a number of sugge...


Precision medicine approaches to mental health

In an age where the collection of data is accelerating at unprecedented rates, the ways in which we use these data are as diverse as the devices used to collect them. The ubiquity of smartphone dev...


Ageing Canadians: AGE-WELL & Canadian Association on Gerontology Annual Scientific Meeting Recap

Canada is unique in having a relatively small and very geographically diverse population of older adults. Ageing Canadians do, however, benefit from several dedicated groups of gerontologists, nota...


Peer-review: an essential, but imperfect, part of the scientific process

Peer-review forms the backbone of scientific publication. Intended as a quality control mechanism, the hope is that peer-review will permit only the most rigorously conducted scientific studies to ...


Bridging the digital divide amongst older adults

Innovations in modern technology have revolutionized healthcare as we know it. Unprecedented advances in the mechanisms used to capture and analyse data have increased the capacity to predict and m...


Longitudinal Perspectives on Ageing

Theodore D Cosco Longitudinal research methods have been a staple of gerontological research, providing myriad insights into the processes of ageing and the mechanisms that underpin the heterog...


“Demography, Ageing and Health” Conference

The recently convened “Demography, Ageing and Health” conference, hosted by the Oxford Institute of Population, brought together emerging researchers and established academics in a melt...


Ageing Canadians

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging will collect data on over 50,000 older adults for 20 years The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is the jewel in the crown of Canadian epidemio...


Ageing Canadians: Census reveals more seniors than children living in Canada

The 2016 Canadian census results were released on May 3 and have revealed that there are a greater number of older adults than children, for the first time in census history.  Statistics Canad...


The world’s longest studied birth cohort turns 70 – here’s what they’ve told us

The world’s oldest continually running birth cohort study – the MRC National Survey of Health and Development – turns 70 this month. A birth cohort study is one where a represe...