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As co-researcher, Marie Beaulieu participates in two research projects funded by the Fonds de recherche société et culture (FRQ) (Québec Research Funds – Society and Culture) (Janvier 2021)

Under the direction of Hélène Carbonneau (University of Québec at Trois-Rivières), the first project comes under the funding agency’s ‘Research program on older adults experiencing the dynamics of marginalization and social exclusion.’ The project will take place from 2020 to 2023 ($222,246).

With its evocative title, Participation sociale des aînés faisant face à des dynamiques de marginalisation et d’exclusion, développement d’outils d’intervention pour soutenir leur inclusion en milieu communautaire de loisir : une recherche-action, (Social participation of older adults facing the dynamics of marginisation and exclusion, developing intervention tools to support their inclusion in community recreational settings : a research-action project), this research project seeks to better equip associations of older adults in offering recreational activities to three groups of socially marginalised older adults and those with ‘invisible’ conditions : neurocognitive impairment, intellectial challenges, and mental health issues.

Marie Beaulieu will play a more active role when transversal analyses of the data collected from the three groups show the links between the fight against mistreatment and the promotion of good treatment. All these efforts seek to identify possible approaches and solutions.

From 2020 to 2022, Marie Beaulieu will participate in the second research project as co-researcher ($174,296). It is entitled : Des résidences privées plus saines, sécuritaires, accueillantes et inclusives au moyen d’un jeu sérieux visant à prévenir et contrer la maltraitance envers les personnes aînées lesbiennes, gaies, bisexuelles et trans (LGBT+)(Towards private residences for older adults becoming healthier, more secure, welcoming, and inclusive, using a committed approach to prevent and counter the mistreatment of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans older adults (LGBT+).

Led by Marie-Ève Bédard, researcher at the Cégep de Drummondville and former student under the direction of Marie Beaulieu, Ph.D. of Gerontology, this research-action project seeks to ‘prevent and counter situations of mistreatment of LGBT+ older adults living in private retirement residences by better understanding these situations and developing, implementing and evaluating a committed response.’

Ultimately, this project aims to better understand ‘the characteristics of mistreated and mistreating persons, the contexts of their lives or  environments – in interaction with social, political and cultural factors that influence the dynamics of mistreatment in private retirement residences and the interventions applied to prevent or counter such mistreatment.’