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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

Power of Attorney 101

Date: May 27, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE

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.

Link to resources and recording will be posted after the event.

Past Educational Speaker Series Sessions

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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