Hurd, Laura

Laura Hurd, PhD

Dr. Hurd’s SSHRC and CIHR funded research examines how older adults’ perceptions and experiences of their aging bodies are influenced by age, gender, and health norms. In particular, her work has considered the impact of ageism, ableism, gender ideals, healthism, heterosexism, and social class on older women’s beauty and weight management practices, older men’s engagement in physical activity, older adults’ perceptions of and responses to masculinity and femininity ideals, the self-care and health promotion practices of older adults, older adults’ use of technologies such as power wheelchairs and scooters, sexuality and body image in later life, and media representations of aging.


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