CLSA local site investigator named Distinguished Member of the Canadian Association on Gerontology

Friday, November 6, 2020

Dr. Verena Menec, Manitoba site lead for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), has been named a Distinguished Member of the Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG), recognizing her dedication to improving the lives of older Canadians.

Menec, professor in the Department of Community Health Services at the Rady College of Medicine and former director of the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba, was instrumental in many aspects of the global age-friendly movement from its inception with the World Health Organization. In Manitoba, she led a large team study which ultimately created a framework for age-friendly initiatives in communities across the province, and her work continues today. She is currently part of a Pan-Canadian project that brings together community-based organizations with the aim to enhance the social inclusion of at-risk older adults in Winnipeg.

Her main research interests lie in the areas of healthy aging, determinants of healthy aging, social isolation and loneliness, and age-friendly communities as a way to promote healthy aging. She is currently studying the impacts of COVID-19 on isolated seniors.