The troubling connection between dementia and domestic violence

We’ve known for decades that Canada is an aging nation. The Baby Boomer generation is well into the senior citizen category and more Canadians are living past age 85 than ever before. Longer lives come with many health challenges. Today in The Conversation Canada, Donald Weaver of the University of Toronto reports on a very disturbing aspect of aging: the complex relationship between dementia and domestic violence.

For a government that has declared its province is “open for business,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford has brought in some very anti-competitive measures, says Michael Armstrong of Brock University.

Emile Durkheim is considered a pioneer of the discipline of sociology. Galen Watts of Queen’s University looks at Durkheim’s ideas a century after his death and concludes that “his intellectual legacy has been integral to shaping modern thought about society.”

A good education will open opportunities for any student, right? Not always. Louis Volante of Brock University and John Jerrim of University College London examine whether children from poorer backgrounds have the same potential to realize their dreams if they excel at school. Hint: it depends on where you live.

And finally… Brittney Borowiec of McMaster University has written a wonderful ode to the mummichog – the most famous fish you’ve never heard of.


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Dementia patients are often the perpetrators and often the victims of abuse. Research also shows that a medical history of head injury can more than double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in some populations, even after many years. (Shutterstock)

Dementia’s hidden darkness: Violence and domestic abuse

Donald Weaver, University of Toronto

From aggressive patients with Alzheimer's to frustrated caregivers, dementia is increasingly entwined with violence in private homes and residential facilities.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks to supporters at Ford Fest in Vaughan, Ont., in September 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

How Ontario isn’t really ‘open for business’

Michael J. Armstrong, Brock University

Ontario Premier Doug Ford's Conservative govenment is showing interventionist tendencies that undermine its free-market claims.

Emile Durkheim who taught at Sorbonne University is considered a founder of modern sociology. School of Life/You Tube

Pioneering sociologist foresaw our current chaos 100 years ago

Galen Watts, Queen's University, Ontario

Emile Durkheim helped to lay the foundations of sociological thought and theory. He spoke of our current condition as being influenced by social structures and institutions.

Some countries seem to provide more equitable opportunities in schools and society in general. Others have work to do if they want to advance the adage that hard work and education afford success regardless of one’s existing social status.

Education does not always equal social mobility

Louis Volante, Brock University; John Jerrim, UCL

Conventional wisdom across much of the Western world says there's a strong link between education and upward social mobility. Really?

A stamp printed in Malagasy shows a mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus), circa 1994. Tristan Tan /

Meet the famous mummichog: Model fish extraordinaire

Brittney Borowiec, McMaster University

The mummichog is a little-known fish that has made significant contributions to biological knowledge.

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