2013

50+ Festival

 

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.Third Age Network presents No Limits to Learning: A One-Day Symposium for Lifelong Learning Groups (SOLD OUT)
1:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.Theatre Out of the Box and Stella Award
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.Theatre Out of the Box

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013

9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.Get Psyched! Engaging with Aging and Psychology, Dr. Alexandra J. Fiocco, Dr. Julia Spaniol, Dr. Lixia Yang, Dr. Maureen Reed
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.50+ Festival Welcome Tent
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.Get Psyched! Conversation Sessions 1 and 2 (SOLD OUT)
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.News in the Era of Al Jazeera, Tony Burman
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.Theatre Out of the Box
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.Get Psyched! Conversation Sessions 3 and 4 (SOLD OUT)
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.Ontario’s Seniors Strategy: Where We Stand, Where We Need To Go, Dr. Samir K. Sinha
6:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.Live Music: Robbie Lane and The Disciples

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013

9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.Full Day Program – Stopping Elder Abuse
Elder Abuse – Essential Background, Dr. Sandra Loucks Campbell
Planning for Life and Life’s Uncertainties: Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorneys, Elaine Blades
Stop the Abuse Before It Happens – Tips and Strategies for Safeguarding Your Money and Assets, Linda Alderson
Elder Abuse 101, Detective Sgt. Leslie Raymond
Final Days, Finest Hours: What Lawyers and Doctors Can’t Do at Life’s End, Mark Handelman
Families: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Audrey Miller
Elder Abuse – A True Solution, Dr. Sandra Loucks Campbell

The Chang School is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. All of our event venues are accessible. Please contact us two to three weeks in advance of the event if you have any particular accommodation requirements at the 50+ Festival: 416.979.5000, ext. 4569.


­THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013

­Third Age Network presents No Limits to Learning

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
International Living/Learning Centre
240 Jarvis Street
$60
(SOLD OUT)

This one-day symposium for lifelong learning groups provides an innovative opportunity to network and share issues and solutions to common problems. Keynote speaker Dr. Gillian Rowe, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, will close the session with her research, which investigates the influence of aging on attention and memory processes.

For more information, including event registration, please consult the symposium program and website.

Third Age Network logoThis symposium is presented by Third Age Network.

 

­Theatre Out of the Box and Stella Award

1:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Rogers Communications Centre, 2nd Floor
80 Gould Street
$20 at the door (cash only)

The Estelle Craig ACT II STUDIO Theatre Out of the Box program presents five new plays written, directed, and performed by our members.

Glory in Don Mills
Written by Clive Randewich
Directed by Joan Edge
A cautionary tale that blows the lid off the ‘burbs’.

Not on My Watch
Written by Cathy Shilton
Directed by Michael Sherman
Anthropomorphic trees, a sentimentalist, and a pair with a past confront mortality in an urban park.

I Don’t Want You Dead
Written by Neil Naft
Directed by Richard Carter
Two characters search for the meaning of a line about two characters searching for the meaning of a line about two characters searching for…

Letters from Home
Written by Kay Randewich
Directed by Sandra Burley
All families have a secret or two. It is not a skeleton in a closet but a ghost in a suitcase that brings about a change in the relationship between a mother and her daughter.

Esther
Written by Dick O’Connor
Directed by Jean Kallmeyer
The play questions the extent to which we are willing to risk and to trust in our hopes for a happy life, when a man meets a woman on a lonely beach.

Note for Thursday’s opening performance only: Stella Award
This award will recognize a 50+ playwright who has created a winning original play. Selected scenes from their play will be presented in a special reading.

­Theatre Out of the Box

7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Rogers Communications Centre, 2nd Floor
80 Gould Street
$20 at the door (cash only)

Repeat performance. Click here for details.


­FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013

­Get Psyched! Engaging with Aging and Psychology

Get Psyched logo9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (doors open at 9:00 a.m.)
Library Building, LIB72
350 Victoria Street
FREE

Featuring four exciting research talks on aging from psychology faculty at Ryerson University, as well as a chance to chat with these experts during a meet-and-greet session. Enhance your understanding of how aging changes your brain. Topics will include staying sharp, motivation, cognition, and driving.

Staying sharp: Predictors and prevention of cognitive decline
Dr. Alexandra J. Fiocco, PhD

Dr. Fiocco is an Assistant Professor in the department of psychology and director of the Stress and Healthy Aging Research Lab at Ryerson University. She received her PhD from McGill University and has completed postdoctoral training at the University of California San Francisco and at Baycrest in Toronto. Dr. Fiocco’s research is centred around healthy aging and brain health in late life, specifically in exploring the biological, psychological, and social factors that determine cognitive function in late life.

Motivation and cognition
Dr. Julia Spaniol, PhD

Dr. Spaniol is an Associate Professor in the department of psychology and the director of the Memory and Decision Processes Lab at Ryerson University. She received her PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and subsequently completed postdoctoral work at Duke University Medical Center and the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest in Toronto. Her research program investigates the impact of normal human aging on cognition with a focus on age differences in memory for context and decision making, and the effects of motivation and reward on cognition in younger and older adults.

Use it or lose it: Plasticity of the aging brain
Dr. Lixia Yang, PhD

Dr. Yang is an Associate Professor in the department of psychology and the director of the Cognitive Aging Lab at Ryerson University. After receiving her doctorate in psychology from the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow initially at the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development in Germany and then at the University of Toronto. Dr. Yang joined Ryerson University in 2005. Her current research is concerned with training-induced cognitive plasticity of the aging brain, cultural effects on cognition, as well as age differences in cognitive processing of emotional information.

Aging and driving: The effects of driver confidence
Dr. Maureen Reed, PhD

Dr. Reed is an Associate Professor in the department of psychology and the director of the Vision Science Lab at Ryerson University. She received her doctorate degree from York University. Her research interests include perception of individuals with compromised vision systems, changes in the perception of motion with age, and how age-related vision changes affect driving.

Ryerson Senior Participant Pool logoThis program is presented in partnership with the Ryerson Senior Participant Pool (RSPP).

 

­50+ Festival Welcome Tent

11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Ryerson Square (Victoria Street at Gould Street)
FREE

Join us at the 50+ Festival Welcome Tent and learn more about our festival program and partners. Caring Clowns and live music with the Long & McQuade Bloor New Horizons Band from 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

­Get Psyched! Conversation Sessions 1 and 2

Get Psyched logo1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Library Building, POD370/POD372
350 Victoria Street
FREE
SOLD OUT

Come share your thoughts on aging with psychology researchers. These interactive sessions will be limited to 30 attendees each to facilitate group discussion. Refreshments will be provided.

Session 1
Engaging with research

Hosted by Linda Truong

Session 2
Health advertising

Hosted by Dana Greenbaum

Ryerson Senior Participant Pool logoThis program is presented in partnership with the Ryerson Senior Participant Pool (RSPP).

 

­News in the Era of Al Jazeera

Tony Burman
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Library Building, LIB72
350 Victoria Street
FREE

Tony BurmanThe world of media is undergoing unprecedented worldwide change. There is an explosion in new technology creating a multitude of diverse news sources. But if ‘news’ seems everywhere, the traditional sources are under siege. Where are new media experiments, such as Al Jazeera, taking the industry?

Tony Burman is former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News, and now teaches at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism. He also writes a weekly column on world affairs for The Toronto Star. During his time as Managing Director of Al Jazeera English in Qatar from 2008 to 2010, the network’s worldwide audience reach more than doubled to 220 million households. Before Al Jazeera, he spent more than three decades as an award-winning news and documentary producer at CBC News, including more than seven years as its editor-in-chief.

­Theatre Out of the Box

2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Rogers Communications Centre, 2nd Floor
80 Gould Street
$20 at the door (cash only)

Repeat performance. Click here for details.

­Get Psyched! Conversation Sessions 3 and 4

Get Psyched logo2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Library Building, POD370/POD372
350 Victoria Street
FREE
SOLD OUT

Come share your thoughts on aging with psychology researchers. These interactive sessions will be limited to 30 attendees each to facilitate group discussion. Refreshments will be provided.

Session 3
Lifestyle factors

Hosted by Dr. Alexandra Fiocco

Session 4
Cognitive training

Hosted by Dr. Lixia Yang

Ryerson Senior Participant Pool logoThis program is presented in partnership with the Ryerson Senior Participant Pool (RSPP).

 

­Ontario’s Seniors Strategy: Where We Stand, Where We Need To Go

Dr. Samir K. Sinha, MD, DPhil, FRCPC
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Library Building, LIB72
350 Victoria Street
FREE

Samir SinhaDr. Samir Sinha is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults. Dr. Sinha currently serves as the Director of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto. In 2012 he was appointed by the Government of Ontario to serve as the expert lead of the Ontario’s Seniors Strategy. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and further serves as the Chair of the Health Professionals Advisory Committee of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network and is a Medical Advisor to the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre.

Dr. Sinha’s breadth of international training and expertise in health policy and the delivery of services related to the care of the elderly have made him a highly regarded expert in the care of older adults. He has consulted and advised hospitals and health authorities in Britain, Canada, the United States, and China on the implementation and administration of unique, integrated, and innovative models of geriatric care that reduce disease burden, improve access and capacity, and ultimately promote health.

­Live Music: Robbie Lane and The Disciples

6:30 p.m. (doors open)–10:00 p.m.
Hard Rock Cafe
279 Yonge Street
Age: 19+
$20 at the door (cash only)

Robbie LaneJoin us for an energizing night of music and dancing at the Hard Rock Cafe with Robbie Lane and The Disciples. Robbie Lane has been entertaining Canadians on radio, television, turntables, and CD players for many years and doing it like no other. Robbie is the host of Robbie Remembers the Sixties at Six and the Seventies at Seven and The British Invasion on AM740, Zoomer Radio. Robbie has consistently brought together the finest musicians available, performing regularly with The Disciples, to play the music that keeps everyone dancing.

 


­SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013

­Full Day Program – Stopping Elder Abuse

9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Rogers Communications Centre, 2nd Floor
80 Gould Street
FREE

Caregiving Matters is pleased to partner with Programs for 50+ to produce an elder abuse awareness project benefitting seniors and their families. This is a multi-phase project that begins on Saturday, June 1, 2013, with a full day of interactive presentation hosted by industry leaders including social workers, lawyers, an accountant, and a representative from the OPP. Learn firsthand how to proactively prevent elder abuses. The workshops will be also be seen live as webinars and will be filmed to produce website videos. The second phase of the project will occur in the fall when the public will be invited to learn how to host their own elder abuse awareness sessions. This will be a “train the trainer– workshop that will arm attendees with the skills, knowledge, and resource tools to confidently talk about elder abuse issues with their family and friends. Project details can be found at www.caregivingmatters.ca.

Elder Abuse – Essential Background

Dr. Sandra Loucks Campbell and Commonpoint logoDr. Sandra Loucks Campbell, MSW, PhD, Commonpoint
9:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

Sandra Loucks Campbell’s abiding passion through her career has been her interest in improving the lives of older persons. She has developed creative programming, elder abuse specialty programs, senior learning and teaching programs, specialized counselling services, and many other programs at the front line, middle management, and senior management levels. Now, supported by her work as an instructor in social work and leadership programs in universities, she has founded and renewed her energy in her work with Commonpoint Service Inc.

Planning for Life and Life’s Uncertainties: Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorneys

Elaine Blades, Director, Fiduciary Products & Services, Scotiatrust, J.D., MTI, STEP

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Stop the Abuse Before It Happens – Tips and Strategies for Safeguarding Your Money and Assets

Linda Alderson, CA, Let the Records Show
10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Elaine Blades and Scotiatrust logoElaine Blades is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1989. After a short time in private practice, Elaine moved to a role in trust industry. In her current role as Director, Fiduciary Services at Scotiatrust, Elaine is responsible for the positioning of all personal trust services. She is a former instructor at the Bar Admission Course and is on the curriculum committee at the Trust Institute. Elaine writes a bi-weekly column for Advisor’s Edge Report and is regular contributor to the All About Estates blog. She is married with two teenage sons.

 

Let the Records Show logoLinda Alderson is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in Australia, England, Hong Kong, and Canada in a variety of accounting roles. The past few years have provided opportunities to become more involved with estate management, where the lack of proper record keeping has led to litigation as siblings take their siblings to court over the financial management of their parent’s affairs. Her response to this kind of work was to write a book providing information and tools to help people manage the task of looking after someone else’s money to help them stay out of litigation court. It also addresses the issues that we should all be aware of when choosing our attorney for property and estate executor. Most recently, Linda has been engaged by a number of organizations to provide information to their membership on how to best protect themselves from financial elder abuse.

Elder Abuse 101

Detective Sgt. Leslie Raymond, Abuse Issues Coordinator, Central Region OPP
12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m.

Detective Sgt. Leslie Raymond and OPP logoDetective Sgt. Leslie Raymond has been with the OPP for 15 years. In her role as the Abuse Issues Coordinator for Central Region OPP, Leslie deals with all abuse issues, including domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse and mental health. Prior to joining the OPP, Leslie was a Social Worker with the Simcoe County Children’s Aid Society, where she spent nine years as a caseworker. Leslie graduated from the University of Toronto with her Master of Social Work.

Final Days, Finest Hours: What Lawyers and Doctors Can’t Do at Life’s End

Mark Handelman, BA, LL.B., MHSc (bioethics), Counsel, Whaley Estate Litigation
1:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Mark HandelmanMark Handelman practised law in London, Ontario, including civil litigation, criminal defence, and prosecution. He was one of Ontario’s first members of the Official Guardian Child Representation Program. Mark was appointed to the Consent & Capacity Board in 1998 and became a Vice Chair and Senior Lawyer Member in 2000. He became Acting Toronto Regional Vice Chair and then Regional Vice Chair in 2001, for which he stopped practising law and moved to Toronto. He was the Board’s only Vice Chair for quality assurance and presided at over 2,200 Board Hearings – including the majority of the Board’s “end of life” cases. Mark is now in the private practice of health care law. He also prepares wills and Powers of Attorney, particularly for persons with limited capacity, and is frequently retained by other lawyers to assist their clients with these important documents.

Families: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Audrey Miller, MSW, RSW, CCRC, CCLCP, Managing Director, Elder Caring Inc.
2:15 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Audrey Miller and Elder Caring Inc logoAudrey Miller is the founder and Managing Director of Elder Caring Inc. Audrey is a Registered Social Worker, a Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor, and a Canadian Certified Life Care Planner. She has published numerous articles and is a weekly blogger at allaboutestates.ca. Audrey is frequently asked to speak on caregiving, health, and aging issues at home and in the workplace. She has spent the last 25 years working with differently-abled individuals and their families, focussing on rehabilitation issues to improve function at home, and in the community.

Elder Abuse – A True Solution

Dr. Sandra Loucks Campbell, MSW, PhD, Commonpoint
3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Caregiving Matters logoThis full-day program is presented in partnership with Caregiving Matters.