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Dr. Toni Calasanti, Professor, Virginia Tech

#HASTALKS: Intersectionality, Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Caregiving for Partners/Spouses in Later Life

Co-hosted with the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging. Toni Calasanti, Professor of Sociology at Virginia Tech and 2019-20 Fulbright Scholar, will discuss some insights she has gained from her research, which focuses on the role gender plays in how partners/spouses give care for someone with Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Calasanti will also explore some initial trends from her present study, which examines how sexual orientation shapes these caregiving experiences.

Feb 26, 2021


#HASTALKS is a seminar series curated by the Department of Health, Aging & Society at McMaster University.

This event is co-hosted with the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging.

Intersectionality, Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Caregiving for Partners/Spouses in Later Life

Spousal caregiving provides a unique opportunity to explore the role gender plays in how partners give care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. By conducting such research, Dr. Calasanti has gained some insights into how gender shapes these caregiving experiences. She explains her findings in terms of "gender repertoires," which refer to the way that gender inequalities over the life course shape the resources, skills, and identities that caregivers bring to their work. Up to this point, research has focused on heterosexual couples; how sexual orientation shapes gender repertoires has yet to be explored. This question animates her present study, which involves conducting interviews among heterosexual, gay and lesbian older adults who care for their partners/spouses living with Alzheimer’s disease and similar dementias. As her study is ongoing, with only 48 of 60 interviews completed, she does not yet have findings per se. Instead, Toni will explain the model she has derived from previous work and will explore some initial trends she has seen so far.

Date:  March 17, 2021
Time:  11:30 am - 12:30 pm (ET)
Online Session:  Register for this event

ALL are welcome to attend this FREE virtual session!

Please note:  This session will NOT be recorded.  It will be available only as a live virtual event.

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