Research Assistant, UPEI
Dr. Olive Bryanton is a long-time advocate for older adults and a lifelong learner. Her advocacy for older adults earned her an Honorary Degree from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2000, and the Queen Elisabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Hon. Alice Wong Minister of State (Seniors) in 2012. And In September 2020 Olive was invested as a member of the Order of Prince Edward Island for her Outstanding Citizenship and Excellence. As a life-long learner Bryanton obtained her B.A. in 1984, her M.Ed. in 2009 and her Ph.D. in 2018 at the age of 82, from the University of Prince Edward. Her dissertation Pioneers in Aging: Voices of Women Age 85 and Older Aging in Place in Rural Communities. During the final year of her PhD study Olive was the subject of a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Documentary entitled “Never Too Old”, which focused on her last year of her PhD study and featured some of her study participants. Dr. Bryanton is a leader in her community and is involved in many projects driving change for older adults. She is a member of the PEI Government Seniors Health and Wellness Implementation Council and Task Chair for the Enhancing Social Connectiveness for Seniors, the Atlantic Representative for the Age-Well Older Adult and Caregiver Advisory Committee, and the PEI Representative on the Pan-Canadian Patient Advisory Council to name a few. In December 2020 Dr. Bryanton was invited to speak and represent older adults at the Geneva launching of the World Health Organization (WHO) report the Decade of Healthy Ageing Baseline Report 2021 – 2030. (https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/decade-of-healthy-ageing-baseline-report) As a researcher Dr. Bryanton believes that older adults must be recognized as integral to all aspects of our society and should be involved in any research or service development that could impact their lives. As an older adult, Bryanton aspires to negate ageism by learning from older adults their life realities and working with other generations to better understand ageism and its impact on society, and ultimately to validate older adults and their aspirations as they continue their life journey.
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Growing old is a privilege that not everyone has an opportunity to experience. My understanding of this phenomena expanded and grew as I learned from the experts - those experiencing being an older person living in rural communities and how this has expanded my life and understanding of aging and its impact if you take advantage of the extended life span you have been given. It is a work in progress.
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