Saturday, June 3, 2017

Active Boomers – A Full Day of Discovery Pass allows access to the following events scheduled on Saturday, June 3 only.

The Age of Not Acting Your Age

Keynote Event
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
LIB72, Library Building, 350 Victoria Street
$40.00 (included in the Active Boomers Day Pass)

Is 90 the new 70? Is 30 the new 18? Why are seniors still having sex? Why are Millennials still living in their parents’ basements? Can you experience multiple ages at the same time? What does all this mean to business, government, educational institutions…and you? And what’s it all going to look like as the human lifespan pushes toward 100 and possibly much, much longer?

In his session, David Cravit will draw on the latest trends and statistics, plus insights gained from writing two books on the topic and his work at ZoomerMedia, as he explains how the “reinvention of aging”–led by the Baby Boomers–is the single biggest social phenomenon we will ever experience, and how its impact is only going to increase. He’ll show how and why all of the “to-be-expected” attitudes and behaviours that attach to a particular age are now no longer valid, and what this means for retirement, finance, education, housing, health, politics, family, and community.

David CravitDavid Cravit is Vice President, Conferences at ZoomerMedia Ltd. He is also responsible for ZoomerU, an information and education program that provides advertisers with insights into the Zoomer (age 45+) market. David has over 35 years’ experience in advertising, marketing, and consulting in both Canada and the USA. He was a partner in Saffer Cravit & Freedman, which he helped take from start-up to over $150 million in annual billings, then worked as an independent consultant before joining Zoomer. His first book, The New Old (2008) details how Baby Boomers are completely reinventing the process of aging. His second book, Beyond Age Rage (2012) describes the apparent “war of the generations,” and shows how Boomers and seniors are already solving it.

Reversing Roles (When Child Becomes Caregiver)

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
LIB72, Library Building, 350 Victoria Street
$40.00 (included in the Active Boomers Day Pass)

As the lifespan of Canadians grows longer, families are faced with the likelihood that their senior members will become frail and require care at home. We are seeing the rise of a new “sandwich generation”, adult children who are faced with the often profound emotional and practical challenges of addressing the needs of frail and often cognitively impaired parents combined with juggling their jobs and managing the needs of their own families. Adult children aged 50 or older are particularly vulnerable in this regard. They must learn a new repertoire of caregiver skills and adapt to new relationships and identities. This presentation will delve into the adaptational challenges posed to adult children, their impact, and possible solutions.

Dr. Joel SadavoyDr. Joel Sadavoy, MD., FRCP(c), RCPS Founder Geriatric Psychiatry, FCPA (distinguished) is Professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is the immediate past Psychiatrist in Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital, and current head of Geriatric and Community Psychiatry Programs, Pencer Chair in Applied General Psychiatry, and founding Director of the Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training at Sinai Health System in Toronto. He is the founding president of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry and a past president of the International Psychogeriatric Association. Dr. Sadavoy has edited or authored 12 books and manuals and over 100 professional publications in the field of psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.

The Stella Award Presentation Ceremony

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
POD 250, Podium Building, 350 Victoria Street (area connecting Jorgenson Hall to the Library Building)
$40.00 (included in the Active Boomers Day Pass)

As part of Programs for 50+ and Community Engagement, The Stella Award recognizes students in the program that share Estelle Craig’s passion for lifelong learning and for using theatre as a vehicle to bring stories to life. The award was created to inspire adults aged 50+ to write and submit an original one-act play. This year we will honour our award winners at a special luncheon. You are invited to join us as we hear the judges’ remarks and learn who will receive the Stella Awards this year! A light lunch will be provided.

Get Smarter About Money

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
LIB72, Library Building, 350 Victoria Street
$40.00 (included in the Active Boomers Day Pass)

Christine Allum and Allister Field from the Ontario Securities Commission will discuss how you can protect yourself from investment scams and make more informed financials decisions. Join us as we learn about the red flags of fraud, common scams and how you may be approached, what questions to ask before you invest, and where to find unbiased financial information.

Christine AllumChristine Allum is Senior Advisor, Investor Engagement and Stakeholder Partnerships in the Investor Office at the Ontario Securities Commission where she partners with various groups and organizations to deliver investor education and fraud prevention workshops. Christine has over 20 years’ experience in the investment industry and has worked at the Toronto Stock Exchange. Her expertise includes developing teaching resources, helping seniors learn how to recognize frauds and scams, and delivering training programs for financial literacy.

Allister FieldAllister Field has served with the Ontario Securities Commission for the past eight years in the Enforcement Branch and is currently the Manager of the Enforcement Support team. Previously, Allister served with the Toronto Police Service for 22 years in a variety of uniform and investigative roles, ten of those years as a Fraud Investigator. Allister has taught the Fraud Investigations course in the Police Sciences program at Sheridan College and has worked as a residential counsellor with developmentally challenged adolescents.

Redesigning Aging – Take the First Step

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
LIB72, Library Building, 350 Victoria Street
$40.00 (included in the Active Boomers Day Pass)

As life expectancy increases, many people are interested in how or if they will extend working life. Join us for a screening of the documentary film Redirection: Movers, Shakers and Shifters that shares five people’s stories of later life work and career shifts into second or third careers. Following the film, David Cravit will moderate an intriguing conversation with filmmaker Dr. Suzanne Cook about the making of the film along with several other panelists, Heather Leavens and Michael Morris who share their later life working journeys.

Dr. Suzanne CookDr. Suzanne Cook is an adult educator, gerontologist, and researcher who examines paid and volunteer work during the second half of life. She is Executive Producer of the highly acclaimed documentary film, Redirection: Movers, Shakers and Shifters, which explores later life transitions into second and third careers. Dr. Cook has been interviewed for Zoomer Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and CBC Radio.

Heather LeavensHeather Leavens, 54, is a fashion consultant at Zahara’s Boutique in Oakville. Prior to fashion consulting she was Vice President of Service and Overhaul for 20 years at Leavens Aviation, her family’s company. The company was in its third generation when the major shareholder decided to close the business after 87 years. After the business closed, Heather took a year off to travel and to figure out what to do next. During that year she connected with an interior designer and also a fashion designer to help promote their businesses. At that time she figured out that she enjoyed fashion and helping customers look the best they could be. This led her to open her own styling business “home, fashion, lifestyle” and joining the team at Zahara’s Boutique.

Michael MorrisMichael Morris was born in Manchester England in 1945. After college he joined Bon Marche the family owned ladies fashion store, and helped expand the business from one store to 10 stores in northern England. In 1975 after emigrating to Canada, he joined J Michaels, a major ladies retail chain and was instrumental in the opening of Holly’s Fashions one of the most prestigious ladies fashion chains in Canada. Michael left Holly’s to open his own manufacturing company, specializing in quality ladies fashions with major distribution throughout department stores, retail chains, and several hundred independent specialty stores across Canada and the US. Michael introduced workplace fashion fundraising events to hospitals across southern Ontario and continues to work with non-profit organizations as a cause-related internet marketing consultant. Michael recently formed Social Strategy Group working with fellow boomers to develop a technology driven concept that helps boomers find new ways to use their knowledge.