Age Friendly Edmonton was proud to host two more Lunch ‘n’ Learn events in October. The events come on the heels of the inaugural events hosted to celebrate Senior's Week in June. Due to popular reception, our Age Friendly Edmonton team expects these noontime educational sessions to continue into the future.
On October 7, a panel of older Edmontonians including Edmonton-based artist, Karen Vande Vyvere; former politician, Stephen Mandel; and Geriatric and General Medicine specialist Dr. Adrian Wagg gathered to share their perspectives on ageism. The panel was moderated by Dr. Sheree Kwong See, professor of psychology at the University of Alberta.
A few weeks later on October 20, community members Peter Faid, Joan Eales, Dale Blue, and Jeannette Sinclair gathered to share experiences of aging in place and what that means for them and their families. Participants shared how they planned to age in their communities with solutions ranging from renovating their existing homes to downsizing and moving to smaller apartments. Moderated by Edmonton55’s Jolyn Hall, the conversation showed there’s no “one size fits all” solution to aging in place and the importance of having an aging in place plan.
Missed the sessions? Catch them at the links below!
Ageism and Aging: Upsides-Downsides
Join Age Friendly Edmonton for a panel featuring community leaders for a rich discussion on ‘ageism.’ This form of discrimination based on age is an issue faced by both younger and older individuals. Current research shows that in a society where the positive aspects of aging are promoted, improved aging health and an increase in life expectancy enables seniors to continue to be viewed as valuable, contributing members of society.