Thursday, June 2, 2016

Discover the Healing Powers of Tai Chi

Sifu David Leopold
8:45 a.m.–9:15 a.m.
Ryerson Square, Victoria St. and Gould St.
FREE: Reserve your spot

See Wednesday, June 1, 12:30 p.m. session for details

Get Psyched! Engaging with Aging and Psychology
Presented by the Ryerson Senior Participant Pool (RSPP)

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.: The Art and Science of Decision Making, Dr. Julia Spaniol

Discover highlights from six decades of psychological research on choice and decision-making, with a focus on recent findings about decision-making in older adults.

10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: Break

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.:
Challenges of the Informal Caregiver – Emotional, Cognitive, and Social Implications, Dr. Alexandra Fiocco

Informal caregivers are considered to be a subgroup of the population who experience chronic levels of stress from the daily challenges that they face in their caregiver roles. According to Statistics Canada, one in five Canadians 45 years of age and older report providing care for an aging family member with long-term health problems, a statistic that will increase as our population continues to age. Dr. Alexandra Fiocco will discuss the potential impact that informal caregiving may have on an individual and society, as well as the importance of self-care.

Library Building, LIB72, 350 Victoria Street
FREE: Reserve your seat

Get Psyched – Lunch Break

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Thomas Lounge, Oakham House, 63 Gould Street
Cost: $5 online advance purchase only

Take a break from the day’s mentally stimulating talks and enjoy lunch with the Get Psyched organizing committee. In addition to having a relaxing meal and socializing with your peers, there will be opportunities to chat with graduate students and find out about current and upcoming studies taking place at Ryerson’s Department of Psychology.

The RSPP planning committee is made up of a team of graduate students from the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University and an external community consultant.

Discover the Healing Powers of Tai Chi

Sifu David Leopold
12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Ryerson Square, Victoria St. and Gould St.
FREE: Reserve your spot

See Wednesday, June 1, 12:30 p.m. session for details

Piano through the Ages: Understanding What You Hear

Clayton Scott, Royal Conservatory of Music
1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Thomas Lounge, Oakham House, 63 Gould Street
FREE: Reserve your seat

Music tells a story – a good story. This interactive lecture and demonstration takes you on a musical stroll through 300 years of piano music. Spend an afternoon with music ranging from Bach to Joplin, and learn to feel the rhythm, melody, and harmony found in pieces from the Baroque to Modern eras. Through this humorous, dramatic, moving, and lively presentation, explore the possibilities that emerge when you know how to listen to and understand the music that you hear.

Get Psyched – Mindfulness for Healthy Aging

Dr. Alexandra Fiocco
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Podium Building, POD372, 350 Victoria Street
FREE: Reserve your seat

Join Dr. Alexandra Fiocco in a discussion about the importance of cultivating mindfulness in late life and a guided mindful meditation exercise.

Get Psyched – Exploring the Psychological Benefits of Conversation

Neel Desai and Brenda Wong
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Kerr Hall West, KHW71A, 379 Victoria Street
FREE: Reserve your seat

A meaningful conversation is a rewarding experience. It can be an opportunity to learn something new, stay socially engaged, and maintain your mental prowess. *This workshop will have two components:

Part One: Explore the psychological benefits of staying active through social interactions.

Part Two: Participate in a hands-on workshop led by Chumbuggy.com founder Neel Desai, who will walk you through a new website that allows you to have live video conversations with others across the globe on topics including books, movies, education, and current events.

*Participants should have basic computer and internet skills.

The “War on Terror” – Contemporary Perspectives on an Age-Old Problem

Dr. Arne Kislenko
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Library Building, LIB72, 350 Victoria Street
Cost: $10 online / $15 at the door

The “war on terror” has become a hallmark of the contemporary international order. The Bali bombings, 9/11, 7/7, Charlie Hebdo, and the Paris attacks have all become embedded in our collective memories as symbols of a “new” global threat. Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, and ISIL are terms in our common vernacular. But is it all really anything new?

Contrary to popular belief, terrorism has always been part of the international polity. World history is littered with “terrorists,” including the terror cimbricus of ancient Rome, the Ḥashshāshīn of the Fatimid empire, and the anarchists of nineteenth century Russia.  But while we have used the word for more than two millennia, defining terrorism in any objective and universally agreed-upon fashion has proven impossible.

Explore some of the many dimensions of global terrorism. Briefly tracing the development of terror as a political tool from the ancient world to the twenty-first century – covering some of the best and least-known “terrorists” in history – we will focus on our contemporary international environment, using a historical perspective to help discover new possibilities in how we conceptualize life in the “age of terrorism.”

Get Psyched – Sleeping Well throughout Your Life

Angela Lachowski
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Podium Building, POD372, 350 Victoria Street
FREE: Reserve your seat

Our body’s sleep needs change throughout our lifespan. This workshop will include interactive information about normal lifespan sleep changes as well as common mistakes that individuals make in an effort to sleep better, which may lead to the maintenance of insomnia. Other topics include identifying and managing common sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome (RLS).

Social Hour: Leaving a Legacy – YOUR Story

Terry Poulton, LIFE Institute
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thomas Lounge, Oakham House, 63 Gould Street
FREE: Reserve your seat

You don’t have to be famous to have a fascinating life story that really should be told and treasured.  Join us for a presentation that will tell you how to become the author of your life story – and hear from members of LIFE’s Recording Recollections course about how they’re doing just that.