The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education announces line up
for annual festival with a focus on the social and economic
contributions of older people.
TORONTO, May 26, 2014 /CNW/ - As a kick off to Senior's Month, The 50+
Festival, presented by The Programs for 50+ at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University will celebrate how aging is changing. Running
from Sunday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 3, the festival engages older
adults interested in personal growth and continued learning.
"The 50+ Festival was developed to provide a forum to better understand
what aging means today and to highlight the continued learning of older
adults," says Sandra Kerr, Program Director for the Programs for 50+ at
The Chang School. "We have more options and different challenges than
we did ten or 15 years ago, so it is important that we consider the
economic, social and cultural ripples of these changes."
The event will host a dynamic series of workshops that will stimulate
the brain. From a talk by Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on
Ageing that will look at the economic and social contribution that older
people make in different societies around the world, to a workshop in
Conductorcise®, lead by renowned Maestro David Dworkin, 80, which will challenge participants to use their brain and their
body to exercise the full self and better understand the effect that
music has on the brain.
"Lifelong learning is the cornerstone of our programming," says Marie
Bountrogianni, Dean, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing
Education. "The 50+ Festival is the truest version of this, with a
vibrant community who celebrates aging and all of the learning
opportunities that it has to offer."
The Festival will be held on the Ryerson campus. For more festival
information visit fiftyplusfestival.ca. Most sessions are free of charge, but participants must register in
Sunday June 1: Day one of the festival will look at music and the profound impact that
it has on our psyche.
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Opening Remarks and performance by the Long and McQuade New Horizons
1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes: Talk entitled Let There Be Music! A Wellness
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Conductorcise® with David Dworkin: Move Your Body, Feel Your Soul.
Monday June 2: The most diverse day of programing, day two of the 50+ Festival
features a closer look at what it means to get older.
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Olivia Chow…A talk about her continuing journey.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Jane Barratt separates facts from fiction - Discussion will look at whether older
people are an asset or considered a burden?
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
A screening of the short documentary, Father Figures, which follows a 46 year-old Canadian filmmaker, April Butler,
throughout Asia as she examines her 73-year-old Caucasian father's
romantic relationship with a 23 year old woman living in the
Screening followed by a panel discussion including director/producer April Butler, Martha Ocampo, Race, Culture, and Mental Health consultant, and moderated by
Associate Professor Dr. Lori Schindel Martin, Ryerson University.
Tuesday June 3: Get Psyched! A series of conversations with experts engaging with aging
9:30 - 12:00
Featuring Dr. Alexandra J. Fiocco: A conversation looking at the biological and psychosocial factors that
contribute to pathological and successful aging in late life, and the
importance of lifestyle choices.
Dr. Andrea Wilkinson, PhD: Evaluate the benefits and effectiveness of brain exercise programs that
are designed to enhance the ability to ignore distractions - Do they
2:00 - 4:00
Theatre out of the Box: 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 older adults.
About Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing
With approximately 70,000 annual enrollments, The G. Raymond Chang
School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of
university-based adult education. There are over 1500 courses,
workshops and seminars and 93 career-related certificate programs and
numerous course series in which 20 certificate programs can be
completed entirely at a distance. The school's mission is to be a
leader in innovative, quality, lifelong learning that empowers adults
to reach their life and career goals.
About Programs for 50+
At Programs for 50+, those 50 years and older can access academic tools
and opportunities for personal enrichment, self actualization, and
engagement in society with their peers and as part of an
intergenerational campus dynamic through The Chang School.
SOURCE: Ryerson University's The Chang School
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