Empowerment and environment research axis


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Assistant Professor
School of Rehabilitation
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Université de Sherbrooke


Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences (Rehabilitation), Université de Montréal (2007-2012)

M.A. Gerontology, Université de Sherbrooke (2003-2006)

B.Sc. Occupational Therapy, Université Laval (1998-2001)

Research Themes

Prof. Provencher's research program is focused on two components:

  • Component I: Guaranteeing safety at home for persons with dementia and Parkinson's disease following a stay in a hospital

    Persons with dementia and Parkinson's disease who experience a stay in a hospital frequently undergo risk assessments (e.g., falls, injuries, fire hazards, malnutrition, abuse, addictions) associated with activities of daily living. Such assessments help to determine which care and services are required once those persons return to their homes. However, the capacity of the hospitals' assessments to faithfully reflect home safety for this client group remains difficult to document. The objective of Prof. Provencher's work is to better determine at which point hospital assessments prior to discharge offer a faithful reflection of: 1. The risks to which those with dementia and Parkinson's disease are exposed at home; and 2. The assistance those people need to counter those risks at home.
  • Component II: More effectively preventing functional decline and the abandonment of recreational activities among frail older adults (with or without cognitive deficits)

    Participating in meaningful activities of daily living is important to maintaining the quality of life and well-being of frail older adults. Certain elements which are often associated with frailty (e.g., low income, social isolation, cognitive decline) can, however, limit independent achievements and satisfaction in those activities. Even though a variety of compensating strategies (e.g., technical aids, space management, use of community services) are available, many are underused or not used at all by frail older adults. Through her work, Prof. Provencher aims to: 1. Better assess knowledge and motivation levels among frail older adults as regards those compensating services; 2. Develop an intervention program that is better adapted to the needs of subcategories of especially vulnerable frail older adults.

Representative Achievements

Organization of a CIHR-funded symposium entitled Assurer la sécurité et l'autonomie à domicile de personnes atteintes de démence suivant un séjour en milieu hospitalier attended by some 30 clinicians, managers, decision-makers, and national and international researchers (2014).


  • Study of environmental influences in the assessment of frail older adults with cognitive deficits
  • Study of factors associated with compensating strategies in normal and pathological aging

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