2014

50+ Festival - Aging is Changing: Sunday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 3, 2014

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 1MONDAY, JUNE 2TUESDAY, JUNE 3

­SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014

50+ Festival Opening

1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Ted Rogers School of Management, Cara Commons, TRS 1-148, 7th Floor
55 Dundas Street West

Join us for the 50+ Festival launch and enjoy the following invigorating sessions:

Here Comes the Beat

Long & McQuade Bloor New Horizons Band
1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

A wide variety of toe-tapping styles and genres from marches, jazz, swing, classical, and Broadway welcome you to the 50+ Festival launch.

Opening Remarks

1:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

Let There Be Music: A Wellness Prescription

Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes
1:45 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Learn about the importance of music to health and wellness as we age. Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes will look at the impact of music on our lives and offer suggestions on how to utilize music throughout our day to improve quality of life.

Move Your Body, Feel Your Soul

David Dworkin
2:15 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Place yourself in the sneakers of an orchestra conductor and raise your baton to the drama of a Beethoven symphony, the charm of a Strauss waltz, or the dazzle of a Bernstein dance as you enjoy the greatest musical workout you’ve ever experienced, under the expert, exhilarating guidance of Maestro David Dworkin from Conductorcise®.

More Big Band Sound!

Long & McQuade Bloor New Horizons Band
3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Mix and mingle after the opening sessions with more big band sound. Light refreshments provided.

Omnium Gatherum…All Together

The Estelle Craig ACT II STUDIO and LIFE Institute
3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Ted Rogers School of Management, TRS 1-147, 7th Floor
55 Dundas Street West

Theatre and intellectual discussion come together in this unique presentation by two of the largest programs in Programs for 50+. Listen in on a surreal dinner party with opinionated personalities in a comedic reader’s theatre performance of Omnium Gatherum. The conversations veer from comedy to realism to satire ending in chaos. You’ll have your chance to expand the debate on the issues and exciting topics – and you’re guaranteed to leave the place still talking!


­MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014

Olivia Chow…A Continuing Journey

Olivia Chow
9:15 a.m.–9:45 a.m. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.
Library Building, LIB72
350 Victoria Street

In the 50+ bracket, and caregiving for her mother, Olivia Chow appreciates the challenges and dynamics of how aging is changing lives today – not just for the elderly but for the 50+ who face their own aging along with their parents and families. What drives Olivia Chow? How did she emerge from a turbulent childhood to become an inspiring political force? What influences and events have shaped her life? And how is she continuing her quest after losing her partner in life and politics?

Separate Facts from Fiction – Are Older People an Asset or a Burden?

Dr. Jane Barratt
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Library Building, LIB72
350 Victoria Street

Celebrating a long life appears to come with conditions in some societies these days. Can and do older people contribute socially and economically? Are the health and social care costs associated with growing older going to bankrupt governments? Are older people really discriminated against? The consequences of demographic change are a hot topic on the policy agenda of every government in the world. Now is the time to sort fact from fiction and for Canada to consider a new paradigm for growing older. Dr. Barratt represents the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) at the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is a strong contributor to the dialogue on environments that impact the lives and human rights of older people.

Remembering the Great War: Changing Perceptions

Dr. Olivier Courteaux
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Library Building, LIB72
350 Victoria Street

Noted lecturer, author, and historian Dr. Olivier Courteaux takes us back one hundred years to the outbreak of the Great War (1914) and asks exactly what we will be commemorating. A military victory? The tremendous efforts of the many nations involved? Have our perceptions changed as we look back with age?

­Theatre Out of the Box and Stella Award Presentation

The Estelle Craig ACT II STUDIO
1:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Rogers Communications Centre, Eaton Theatre, RCC204
80 Gould Street

Part of Programs for 50+, The Estelle Craig ACT II STUDIO Theatre Out of the Box program presents new plays written, directed, and performed by our members:

Nuit Blanche written by Donna Langevin
The Will written by Pat Cochrane
Make It Chamomile written by Goldie Spencer
Karma Communion written by Catherine Shilton

Note for Monday’s opening performance only: Stella Award
This award will recognize a 50+ playwright who has created a winning original play.

Father Figures

Directed/produced by April Butler
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Library Building, LIB72
350 Victoria Street

A lifetime of family. A shocking discovery. An impossible choice. Father Figures follows a 46-year-old Canadian filmmaker throughout Asia as she examines her 73-year-old Caucasian father’s romantic relationship with a 23-year-old woman living in the Philippines. This compelling documentary introduces us to a variety of social issues that will both fascinate and shock you. This film will be followed by a lively panel discussion including filmmaker April Butler and Martha Ocampo, Race, Culture, and Mental Health consultant, and moderated by Dr. Lori Schindel Martin, Associate Professor, Associate Director – Scholarly, Research & Creative Activities at the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University.

Theatre Out of the Box

The Estelle Craig ACT II STUDIO
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Rogers Communications Centre, Eaton Theatre, RCC204
80 Gould Street

Repeat performance. See above for details.


­TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2014

Get Psyched! Engaging with Aging and Psychology

9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Break at 10:30 a.m. (30 minutes).
Library Building, LIB72
350 Victoria Street

Join us for two research talks presented in partnership with the Ryerson Senior Participant Pool (RSPP).

Lifestyle Matters
Dr. Alexandra J. Fiocco, PhD
Aging can no longer be equated with inescapable decline and disease. Research shows that while some older adults experience decline in physical and cognitive function, there are a number of adults who maintain function in late life. Dr. Fiocco will discuss the biological and psychosocial factors that contribute to pathological and successful aging in late life, and the importance of lifestyle choices.

Brain Fitness: Exercising Your Brain in Ignoring Distraction
Dr. Andrea Wilkinson, PhD
In this era, we are bombarded with enormous amounts of information all of the time. Research shows that as we age we experience more difficulty filtering out the irrelevant or distracting information. Dr. Wilkinson will evaluate the benefits and effectiveness of brain exercise programs that are designed to enhance the ability to ignore distractions. Specifically, does this type of brain training work?

Get Psyched! Conversation Sessions

Each conversation session starts with a brief presentation followed by an open discussion.

Please choose only one of the following concurrent sessions:

Emotion and Aging: Are We Happier As We Age?
Sara Gallant and Linda Truong
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Library Building, POD370
350 Victoria Street

Research indicates that our goals shift across the lifespan. For example, as we age, we tend to care more about emotional gratification instead of knowledge acquisition. The discussion of this workshop will be around how this age-related goal shift would affect our mood, emotional regulation, attention, and memory, as well as social networking.

OR

Aging and Mental Health: A Cognitive Behavioural Perspective
Sasha Mallya
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Library Building, POD372
350 Victoria Street

As we age, we face many challenges, changes, and sources of stress. Coping with all these changes is difficult, but it can be done. This interactive workshop will focus on the ways in which thoughts, feelings, and behaviours can serve to either increase or decrease our experience of stress. Participants will be given evidence-based stress reduction tips and will be encouraged to actively participate.

Please choose only one of the following concurrent sessions:

The Positive Effects of Music on Emotion and Memory
Katlyn Peck
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Library Building, POD370
350 Victoria Street

Listening to music engages the whole brain and has been shown to have positive effects on its listeners. This interactive discussion will focus on the wide range of health benefits associated with listening to music and its effectiveness as a therapeutic intervention. Audience members will be encouraged to share their own experiences and contribute to the discussion.

OR

The Effects of Dance in Older Adult Populations
Rachel Bar
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Library Building, POD372
350 Victoria Street

Dance is a universal form of expression, but evidence is beginning to suggest that it may also have specific physical and psychological benefits for older populations. This interactive workshop will discuss some of the research to date in this area and also give you a fun taste of a dance class designed specifically for older adults.

Theatre Out of the Box

The Estelle Craig ACT II STUDIO
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Rogers Communications Centre, Eaton Theatre, RCC204
80 Gould Street

Repeat performance. See above for details.


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.