Amanda Grenier

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Role with Gilbrea: 
Associate Member
Position, Dept and Organization: 
Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and Baycrest Hospital
University of Toronto
Primary Area of Research: 
  • Aging, Later Life & Identity
  • Health, Mental Health, Disability & Decline
  • Narrative Approaches & Qualitative Methodology
  • Lived Experiences of Social Policy
  • Diverse Social Locations that Impact/Disrupt the ‘Storylines’ of Aging
  • Theoretical Approaches in Critical Gerontology
Recent Publications: 
  • Sussman, T., Barken, R., Grenier, A. (2020). Supporting older homeless person’s positive relocations to long-term care: Service provider views. The Gerontologist. Pre-print online version: 
  • Kelly, C., Jamal, A., Aubrecht, K., and Grenier, A. (2020). Emergent issues in directly-funded care: Canadian perspectives. Journal of Aging and Social Policy, Online April 22, 2020. DOI: 10.1080/08959420.2020.1745736
  • Grenier, A. (2019). The conspicuous absence of the social, political and emotional aspects of frailty: The White Book. Ageing and Society. Online preprint
  • Grenier A., Phillipson, C., and Settersten, R. (Eds.) (Forthcoming, late 2019/early 2020). Precarity and Aging: Understanding changing forms of risk and vulnerability in later life. Bristol, Policy Press.
  • Grenier, A., Hatzifilalithis, S., Laliberte-Rudman, D., Kobayashi, K., Marier, P., Phillipson, C. (2019). Precarity and aging: A scoping review. The Gerontologist, November , 2019.
  • Grenier, A. and Phillipson, C. (2018). Precarious aging: Insecurity and risk in late life,” What Makes a Good Life in Late Life? Citizenship and Justice in Aging Societies, special report, Hastings Center Report 48, no. 5 (2018): S15-S18. DOI: [///]. Open access link:
  • Grenier, A., Griffin, M., Andrews, G., Wilton, R., Burke, E., Ojembe, B., Feldman, B., Papaioannou, A. (2019). Meanings and feelings of (im)mobility in later life: Case study insights from a ‘new mobilities’ perspective. Journal of Aging Studies, 51, Dec 2019, 100819,
  • Andrews, G. and Grenier, A. (2018). The ever-breaking wave of everyday life: animating ageing movement-space. In S. Katz (Ed.), Ageing and Everyday Life: Materialities and Embodiments. (66-82). Bristol: Policy Press.
  • *Weldrick, R., & Grenier, A. (2018). Social isolation in later life: Extending the conversation. Canadian Journal on Aging. Volume 37, (1), 76-83.
  • Gish, J., Grenier, A., & Vrkljan, B. (2018). Aging bodies, driving and change: Exploring older body-driver fit in the high-tech automobile. In S. Katz (Ed.), Ageing and Everyday Life: Materialities and Embodiments. (145-162). Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Grenier, A., Phillipson, C., Laliberte Rudman, D., Hatzifilalithis, S., Kobayashi, K and Marier, P. (December, 2017). Precarity in late life: Understanding new forms of risk and insecurity. Journal of Aging Studies, 43, p. 9-14.
  • Grenier, A., Lloyd, L., and Phillipson, C. (2017). Precarity in late life: Rethinking dementia as a ‘frailed’ old age. Sociology of Health and Illness, 39 (2), pp. 318-330. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12476 

  • Pace, J.E., & Grenier, A. (2016)  Expanding the Circle of Knowledge: Reconceptualizing Successful Aging Among North American Older Indigenous Peoples.The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences (2016); doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbw128
  • Gish, J., Vrkljan, B. Grenier, A., VanMiltenburg, B. (2017; Epub August 2016). Driving with advanced vehicle technology: A qualitative investigation of older drivers’ perceptions and motivations for use. Accident Analysis and Prevention. Advanced Access.
  • Raymond, E., & Grenier, A., (2016). La participation sociale des aînés ayant des incapacités: un photoroman pour passer de la marge a l’inclusion. Revue Service Social, 62 (2), 131-149.
  • Grenier, A., Barken, R., Sussman, T., Bourgeois-Guerin, V., Rothwell, D. (2016). ‘Growing old’ in shelters and on the streets’: The experiences of older people who are homeless. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 59 (6), 458-477. Doi: 10.1080/01634372.2016.1235067 
  • Grenier, A., Barken, R., Sussman, T., Rothwell, D., & Bourgeois-Guérin, V. (2016). Homelessness among older people: Assessing strategies and frameworks across Canada. Canadian Review of Social Policy/ Revue Canadienne de Politique Sociale, 74, 1-39.
  • Rothwell, D. W., Sussman, T., Grenier, A., Mott, S., & Bourgeious-Guerin, V. (2016). Patterns of shelter use amongst men new to homelessness in later life: Duration of stay and psychosocial factors related to departure. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 1-23.
  • Grenier, A., Barken, R., Sussman, T., Rothwell, D., Bourgeois-Guérin, V., & Lavoie, J-P. (2016). A literature review of homelessness and aging: Suggestions for a policy and practice-relevant research agenda. Canadian Journal on Aging, 35(1), 1-14.
  • Raymond, E. & Grenier, A. (2015). Social participation at the intersection of old age and lifelong disabilities: illustrations from a Photo-Novel project. Journal of Aging Studies, 35: 190-200.
  • Grenier, A. (2015). Transitions and time. In J. Twigg & W. Martins (Eds.), Handbook of Cultural Gerontology (pp. 404-411). London: Routledge.
  • Raymond, E., Grenier, A., & Hanley, J. (2014). The community participation of seniors with disabilities: A matter of self-determination, inclusive environments and identity integration. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology: Special Issue on Aging and Community, 24(1), 50-62. 
  • Burns, V., Grenier, A., Lavoie, J.P., Rothwell, D. & Sussman, T. (2013). Les personnes âgées itinérantes – invisibles et exclues. Une analyse de trois stratégies pour contrer l’itinérance. Frontières,  21(1).
  • Raymond, E. & Grenier, A. (2013). Participation in Policy Discourse: a New Form of Social Exclusion for Seniors with Disabilities.Canadian Journal on Aging/La Revue canadienne du vieillissement, 32(2), 117-129. doi: 10.1017/S0714980813000135.
  • Baars J., Dohmen J., Grenier, A., & Phillipson, C. (Eds.). (2013). Ageing, meaning and social structure: Connecting critical and humanistic gerontology. Bristol: Policy Press. 
  • Grenier, A., & Phillipson, C. (2013).  Rethinking agency in late life: structural and interpretive approaches.  In J. Baars, J. Dohmen
  • A. Grenier, & C. Phillipson, (Eds.), Ageing, meaning and social structure: Connecting critical and humanistic gerontology (pp. 55-79).  Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Grenier, A. (2012). Transitions and the lifecourse: Contested models of ‘growing old’. Bristol: Policy Press (Ageing and the Lifecourse Series).
  • Carpentier, N. & Grenier, A. (2012). Successful linkage between formal and informal care systems: the mobilization of outside help by caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease. Qualitative Health Research, 22(10),1330-44. doi: 10.1177/1049732312451870.
  • Raymond, E. & Grenier, A. (2012). Vieillissement actif et aînés handicapés au Québec: Duo du possible ou mirage? Les Politiques Sociales, 1-2, 113-125.
Current Research Projects: 
  • Grenier, A. (Co-Lead CC KMOB) - Official Partner of the NICE-Age-Well Initiative (2015-2022). Mihailidis, A., Sixsmith, A. (co-PI). Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement, and Long Life - AGE WELL (Toronto, Ontario). National Centres of Excellence. 
  • Grenier, A. (PI), Rudman, D., Kobayashi, K., Marier, P., Phillipson, C. Precarity and Aging: Unequal Experiences in Contemporary Late Life. Insight Grant. SSHRC. 2015-2021. $231,520.



Past Grant/Research Projects: 
  • Grenier, A. (PI), & Dunn, J. Reducing Senior’s Social Isolation: Linking Community in a Participatory Research Initiative. Employment and Social Development Canada, Pan-Canadian Projects: New Horizons for Seniors Funding Program. 2015-2018. $281,043.
  • Dunn, J., McKay, H., Murray, C., Anderson, L., Grenier, A., Heisz, J., Hooks, G., Kanaroglou, P., Newbold, B., Paez, A., Pisko, L., Raina, P., Scott, D., Sims-Gould, J., Tremain, H., Vrkljan, B., Winters, M., Yjannakoulias, N., & Young, M. Cross--sectoral policy implementation tools for healthier urban form futures. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Team Grant -Environments and Health: Programmatic Grants in Intersectoral Prevention Research LOI. 2016. $49,953.
  • Vrkljan, B., Mueller, A., Deen, M. J., Dunn, J., Fang, Q., Fleisig, R., Gish, J., Grenier, A., Griffith, L., Heisz, J., Paez, A., Phillips, S., Raina, P., Selvaganapathy, P. Designing thinking for a cross-faculty and community partner collaboration: A transformative approach to addressing the mobility needs of our aging population. McMaster University, Interdisciplinary Research Fund (IRF). 2016-2017. $20,000.
  • Marier, P. (PI) et al. (2014-2019). regards sur la vieillesse et le vieillissement: De l'expérience singulière aux enjeux collectifs. Fonds Québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) Concours Soutien aux infrastructures de recherches des Instituts et des centres affilies universitaries du sectuer sociale. $867 000
  • Gish, J. (PI) & Grenier, A., & Vrkljan, B. (May 2014-April 2016). Bodies, Technology, and Aging: Older People Driving a High-Tech Personal Automobile. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) - Insight Development Grant, $49 683.
  • Papaioannou, A.,(PI), Kennedy, C., Ioannidis, G.,Sztramko, R., Merom,D., Trainor, L.,Woolhouse, M., Grenier, A., Marr, S., Patterson, C., (2017-), DANcing for Cognition &Exercise (DANCE) Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial, A Collaborative Initiative between GERAS Centre, McMaster DANCE Research Group, YMCA, and Alzheimer Society. Labarge Optimal AgingOpportunities Fund $75,000

  • Kelly, C., (PI). (2016-2019). Aubrecht, K., Bourgeault, L., Grenier, A., Hande, M J., Martin-Matthews, A., Williams, A., Direct funded home care for older people in Ontario, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Project Scheme. $267,575.

  • Greater Hamilton Senior’s isolation population impact plan. (2016-2019). 7 Partnered projects including, Gilbrea Centre; Hamilton Council on Aging (see Grenier and Dunn), Wesley Urban Ministries, YWCA Hamilton, Able Living, St. Joseph's Home Care, Thrive Group. Government of Canada New Horizons for Seniors Funding Program: Pan-Canadian Projects (2016-2021). Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). $2,187,295.

  • Grenier, A. (PI)., Gish, J., Vrkljan, B., & Paez, A. (Jan 2015-Dec 2015). Technology for Optimal Aging: An exploratory study o fthe effects of automobile innovations on the lived experience of older drivers, their mobility, and social policy. Labarge Optimal Aging Fund. $50 499
  • Grenier, A. (PI) & Lombardo, A. (May 2014-April 2015). Landscapes of Aging: Critical Issues, Emerging Possibilities. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) - Connections Grant. $25 000
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