Dr. Hazel MacRae

Associate Professor


Office: Evaristus Hall, Room 439
Phone: (902) 457-6537
Email: hazel.macrae@msvu.ca

BA University of Western OntarioMA Dalhousie UniversityPhD McMaster University Teaching

Primary courses taught by Dr. MacRae include Social Issues, Deviance, Aging, Becoming Social, and Health and Illness.


Dr. MacRae’s research interests focus on issues pertaining to aging, older women, self and social identity, and health and illness. For a number of years she has conducted research on early-stage Alzheimer disease, investigating its impact on families, familial caregivers, and persons living with the illness. More recently her work has focused on the healthcare experiences and concerns of older women, in particular their experiences with physicians and the healthcare system. Currently she is working on a research project that investigates older men’s perceptions of health, health concerns, and experiences with healthcare professionals and the healthcare system.

Selected Publications

MacRae, H. (2016). “My opinion is that doctors prefer younger people”: Older women, physicians and ageism. Ageing & Society, 1-27, doi: 10.1017/S0144686X16001021

MacRae, H. (2016). “It’s my body, my future”: Older women’s views of their interactions with physicians. Journal of Women& Aging, 28, 3, 211-224, doi: 10.1080/08952841.2014.950910

MacRae, H. (2015). Not too old, not too young: Older women’s perceptions of physicians. Canadian Journal on Aging, 34, 4, 545-560, doi: 10.1017/S0714980815000367

MacRae, H. (2011). Self and other: The importance of social interaction and social relationships in shaping the experience of early-stage Alzheimers disease. Journal of Aging Studies,25(4), 445-456. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2011.06.001

MacRae, H. (2010). Managing identity while living with Alzheimer’s disease. Qualitative Health Research,20(3), 293-305. doi:10.1177/1049732309354280

MacRae, H. (2008). Managing courtesy stigma: The case of Alzheimer’s disease. Sociology of Health & Illness,21(1), 54-70. doi:10.1111/1467-9566.t01-1-00142

MacRae, H. (2008). ‘Making the best you can of it’: living with early-stage Alzheimers disease. Sociology of Health & Illness,30(3), 396-412. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9566.2007.01056.x

MacRae, H. (2002). The identity maintenance work of family members of persons with Alzheimers disease. Canadian Journal on Aging / La Revue canadienne du vieillissement,21(03), 405-415. doi:10.1017/s0714980800001720

MacRae, H. (1998). Managing feeling: Caregiving as emotion work. Research on Aging, 20(1), 137-160. doi:10.1177/0164027598201007

Selected Presentations / Events

Paper presentation: “Managing the medical encounter: Strategies older women employ during interactions with physicians, at the Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, 2016, May 11th to May 13th

Paper presentation: “It’s my body, my future”: Older women’s experiences with and views of their interactions with physicians” at the 42nd Annual Scientific and Educational Meetings of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2013, October 17th to October 19th

Paper presentation: “Gender Inequality: Older Women and Health”. At the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Sociological Association, University of New Brunswick and Saint Thomas University, Fredericton, May 2011.

Keynote speaker at the Annual Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia’s Awareness Breakfast fundraiser, January 2010

Poster presentation: “I Don’t Think I’ve Changed a Heck of a lot”: Loss of self and Alzheimer’s Disease”. At the sixth World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Paris, France, July 2009.