Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Living Longer, Living Well – Rethinking the Issues of Aging

Mitch Frazer and Dr. Samir Sinha
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Library Building, LIB72, 350 Victoria Street
FREE: Reserve your seat

Mitch Frazer and Dr. Samir Sinha, co-chairs of Ryerson’s new National Institute on Ageing (NIA), will share their insights and perspectives on our rapidly aging population, how we need to rethink aging, and the exciting work and focus of the NIA.

Disrupting the Technology and Aging Landscape 

Dr. Alex Mihailidis
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Library Building, LIB72, 350 Victoria Street
FREE: Reserve your seat

There has been significant research completed on the development of technologies to support the wellness of older adults. However, the majority of these devices have not made it to market and suffer from various limitations that make them inappropriate for older adults to operate efficiently and effectively. To ensure that future technologies for aging are useful, new ways of thinking about their designs are required. Disruption in the current technology landscape is needed that will force the way we think about technology design to change. We will discuss the notion of disruptive technologies and how we are currently applying this concept to the design of our next generation of technologies for older adults.

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

This demonstration will present Tai Chi in an interactive way.  Learn the basics and expand your knowledge.

Learning, Mastery, and Ancient Wisdom – The Journey of the Self in Aging

Dr. David Chandross
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Library Building, LIB72, 350 Victoria Street
Cost: $10 online / $15 at the door

In this presentation we will discuss the idea of mastery and how it applies to aging. Martial arts masters, experts in calligraphy, tea ceremony, meditation, and other arts all speak of the concept of mastery – the constant improvement of one’s self throughout life. What is meant by this statement? Can we become one with experience, and embrace aging as a stage of the soul, of self-development, and an endless journey? Or must we be content with the Western view of aging as a form of illness, of loss, and of compromise? In this talk we will study the research on mastery and discuss how we can live with increasing depth and veracity over time.

Discovering the Real World of Entrepreneurship – Senior Edition

Wendy Mayhew
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Podium Building, POD368, 350 Victoria Street
FREE: Reserve your seat

At some point in your life, you have either wanted to start a business and didn’t have an idea, or had an idea to make an existing product or service better. In either case, you haven’t done anything about it. There may be several reasons why you haven’t taken the leap into entrepreneurship; perhaps you don’t know where to start, or you’re not sure if entrepreneurship is for you.

Wendy Mayhew, an entrepreneur for over 35 years and a senior herself, will take you through the steps of what is needed to start a business. Wendy will share real-life stories, both good and bad, from her years as an entrepreneur. You will also hear about others who have delved into the world of entrepreneurship for the first time after the age of 50.

Become an Opera Buff in 45 Minutes

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

Why is opera – the most complex, extravagant and complete of all the arts – growing so fast in popularity?  Perhaps because, for many, it tends to be a late onset “disease”.

The appreciation of opera (or any great work of art) needs time, work, exposure, and a little gentle guidance. Iain Scott will explore the essential ingredients that lead to a deeper appreciation of this most rewarding of art forms. You may be surprised – and possibly even converted!

Moppets: Merry Old Puppets 

5:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m.
Peter Bronfman Learning Centre, 7th Floor, Heaslip House, 297 Victoria Street
FREE: Reserve your seat

Come and see the “Moppets” – a troupe of older adult puppeteers who have created, developed, and performed puppet shows for seniors in diverse communities in Toronto.

For the Love of Film

Justin Ingraldi, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Library Building, LIB72, 350 Victoria Street
FREE: Reserve your seat

TIFF Guest Speaker Justin Ingraldi, will present an insider’s look at our year-round programming (how films are selected and programmed beyond the Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox). Unique opportunities for seniors at TIFF will also be highlighted for those who are keen to engage with the medium of film.