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Aging your Way: Creating an Age-Inclusive Canada, Together.

Toronto Public Library (TPL) is the busiest urban public library in the world and a leader in delivering innovative services to its customers of all ages and backgrounds. In October 2020, TPL and CanAge partnered to strengthen each organization’s ability to support and better serve seniors. The goal is to develop more opportunities for seniors to learn, contribute to their communities and build an age-inclusive city.

The first stage of this partnership is the launch of an Educational Speaker series: Aging your Way: Creating an Age-Inclusive Canada, Together. All talks are delivered virtually by TPL and will educate and empower older adults, and their caregivers, on a broad range of critical issues affecting their lives. The first set of talks are listed below. Further events will be added throughout the year.

Visit the TPL website for more information about Toronto Public Library, programming and events.

View the complete Educational Speakers Series schedule on the TPL Programs site.

Upcoming Educational Speaker Series Sessions

Using Technology to Fight Dementia

Date: September 21, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE

Innovative technologies represent an exciting cutting edge solution to support people living with dementia and their caregivers,  expanding the possibilities for living a meaningful, dignified life alongside this increasingly common cognitive disease. In this session, learn about an innovative screening tool for Alzheimer’s disease, how a music program brings joy and meaning to participants living with dementia, and how technology is being considered in new national long-term care standards.

This session will be moderated by Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge (Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization) and feature guest speaker Scott Russell, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, Dr. Alex Mihailidis, CEO and Scientific Co-Director of AGE-WELL and Eliav Shaked, CEO of RetiSpec.

Caregiver Survival Guide: What you Need to Know

Date: October 26, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE

Canada has a caregiving crisis.The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the tragic shortage of paid caregivers and the essential role family and unpaid caregivers play in reducing the burden on our health care system. Canada has approximately 4 million self-identified family caregivers to an aging parent, with a third of them spending 10 or more hours a week providing care. 

This session engages and empowers participants who are or may become caregivers, guided by expert advice on coping strategies, how to connect with supports, provide care and care for themselves along the way.

This session will be moderated by Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge (Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization) and feature Amy Coupal, CEO of The Ontario Caregiver Organization and and Ron Beleno, an active advocate for dementia, caregiving, aging, and research communities.

Fake News: Identify and Ignore

Date: November 23, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE

A 2019 study showed that people 65+ shared about 7x as many ‘fake news’ articles about the 2016 US election on Facebook. A 2020 article identified digital literacy as a possible intervention to close the ‘digital divide’ and increase the ability of older people to recognize fake news. 

The news landscape has changed; this session empowers participants with the knowledge they need to quickly identify false information online, and how to break the cycle of perpetuating harmful ‘fake news.’

This session will be moderated by Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge (Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization) and feature Dr. Ahmed Al-Rawi, Assistant Professor of News, Social Media, and Public Communication at Simon Fraser University and Janet Mowat, Programs Specialist at ABC Life Literacy Canada

Cannabis and Older Adults

Date: December 15, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE

Canadians aged 65+ are the smallest but fastest growing group of cannabis users. Exciting research is being conducted exploring how cannabis might be used in areas such as dementia and pain management. Older people are embracing cannabis and it is key that they are able to make informed decisions. This practical session will address common questions about cannabis, drawing on expert knowledge and leaving you better equipped to make the the right choices for you.

This session will be moderated by Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge (Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization) and feature Marilyn White-Campbell, Clinical Geriatric Addictions Specialist with Baycrest Long-Term Care Behavioural Support Outreach teams. 

Past Educational Speaker Series Sessions

Fighting Fraud: Avoiding Scams

Date: July 20, 2021

Financial abuse is the most common form of elder abuse. During COVID-19 scams have multiplied and rates have skyrocketed so it is more important than ever to equip older Canadians with the information and skills to detect and avoid scams today. This session will review trends in scams and empower participants with knowledge to successfully navigate these treacherous waters with expert advice.

This session is moderated by Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge (Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization) and features guest speakers Chris Allum, Senior Advisor, Investor Engagement and Stakeholder Partnerships at the Ontario Securities Commission and Tom Cheel, Senior Support Unit Volunteer, Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Retiring Well: How to Protect Your Savings

Date: June 22, 2021

Financial security is a vital ingredient to the well-being of older Canadians. With 4 in 10 Canadian senior households carrying debt, and COVID-19 underlining the need for financial resilience, sound financial decision making is more important than ever. This session taps into expert advice about topics such as debt management and estate planning to empower participants to take control of their financial well-being.

This session will be moderated by Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge (Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization) and feature guest speakers Laurie Campbell, Consumer Credit and Money Expert, and Sara Plant, President and CEO, Managing Director; Scotiatrust and MD Private Trust at Scotiabank.

Power of Attorney 101

Date: May 27, 2021

The power to make decisions for a loved one as a Power of Attorney (POA), especially on financial and health-related issues, is an enormous responsibility. Many people who become new POA’s, struggle to find the information and support they need to make confident decisions on behalf of those who entrust them. This session arms you with helpful information in key areas related to being an effective POA, including capacity, consent, and working with health and financial institutions.

This session will be moderated by Laura Tamblyn Watts, an expert in elder law and CEO of CanAge (Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization) and feature guest speaker Kimberly A. Whaley, CS / LLM / TEP Certified Specialist In Estates and Trust Law and CanAge Fellow.

Stop the Stigma: Ageism

Date: April 21, 2021

Ageism (discrimination based on age) is not only all too common, but also commonly misunderstood. Check out this lively discussion to get a handle on what ageism is, the different ways it can impact older people from all walks of life, and how media representations can hinder or help the fight against ageism.

This session was moderated by Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge (Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization), and featured Dr. Amanda Grenier, Norman and Honey Schipper Chair in Gerontological Social Work at the University of Toronto and Sandra Cunningham, Producer and founder of Strada Films and Supervising Producer on Kim’s Convenience.

 

Using Technology to Stay Connected

Date: March 23, 2021

This talk gives you an exciting opportunity to hear from two leaders in the fields of technology and aging: Dr. Alex Mihailidis, Scientific Director of AGE-WELL, Canada’s technology and aging network, and Michael Tamblyn, AGE-WELL’s Chief Entrepreneur and CEO of Rakuten-Kobo. The session was moderated by Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge (Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization).

Using technology to stay socially connected has never been more important. Social isolation and loneliness, already a problem affecting many older Canadians, has become an even more urgent matter during lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the recording of this empowering educational talk and learn how to use digital technology to stay connected with your loved ones and community, helping to prevent anxiety, depression, loneliness, and other harmful effects of isolation.

Talk Resources

General Presentation

Speaker Biographies

Key Learnings (1 page)

VOICES of Canada’s Seniors: A Roadmap to an Age-Inclusive Canada

Less Lonely: 10 Ways to Show an Isolated Senior You Care

Adult Vaccinations: Which ones to get and why?

Date: March 15, 2021

Our immune systems get weaker with age, putting us at higher risk for severe health outcomes caused by the flu, pneumonia and shingles. Keeping up to date with your vaccinations is the best way to stay safe, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet most older adults aren’t immunized against the most common preventable diseases. Watch the recording of this empowering educational talk and learn which vaccines to get, when and how, to take control of your health and age ‘your way’.

This session was moderated by Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge (Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization), featuring Dr. Kumanan Wilson, Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute as well as Dr. Vivien Brown, Family Physician, International Speaker and Author focusing on Healthy Aging and Preventive Healthcare, Board Member of Immunize Canada and Assistant Professor at University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Talk Resources

General Presentation

Dr. Vivien Brown – Presentation

Dr. Kumanan Wilson – Presentation

Speaker Biographies

Resource (1 page)

 

General Resources on Vaccination:

Immunize Canada “Adult Vaccination Schedule”

Vaccination FAQs

CanAge’s Vaccine Report Card

VOICES of Canada’s Seniors: A Roadmap to an Age-Inclusive Canada

Champions for Change: Vickery Bowles, City Librarian

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In this powerful series, President & CEO, Laura Tamblyn Watts hosts fireside chats with influential and inspiring people who work tirelessly in the field of aging. They make remarkable progress that benefits all Canadians.

This episode of CanAge Conversations – Champions for Change, Laura Tamblyn Watts sat down with Vickery Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library to speak about Vickery’s journey to becoming City Librarian, the important role libraries play in community, digital literacy for seniors, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, the Toronto Public Library Foundation and so much more.

Partner Highlight: Vivien Brown

Dr. Vivien Brown, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP, is a family physician with a busy practice in Toronto. She is a pioneer and tireless advocate on a national and international scale about the need to raise awareness about women’s health issues and preventative healthcare, and healthy aging. She recently took part in a CanAge educational speaker series: Aging your Way: Creating an Age-Inclusive Canada. 

Dr. Brown’s presentation was about healthy aging and preventative healthcare. Our immune systems get weaker with age, putting us at higher risk for severe health outcomes caused by the flu, pneumonia and shingles. Keeping up to date with your vaccinations is the best way to stay safe, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet most older adults aren’t immunized against the most common preventable diseases.

Her new book, The NEW Woman’s Guide to Healthy Aging, 8 Proven Ways to Keep You Vibrant, Happy & Strong is available on Amazon.com & Amazon.ca as well as bookstores and at www.drvivienbrown.com

Connect with her on: 
Twitter @drvivienbrown
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/drvivienbrown/
Website www.drvivienbrown.com

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