Public events - Optimal aging
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Public events - Optimal aging

The McMaster Health Forum has organized a series of public talks to give the public the opportunity to hear insights from a range of experts in topics related to how we can stay healthy, active and engaged as we grow older, and the provision of optimal services and care for the aging population.

All of the public talks are free and open to everyone, and are being held at McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, in Hamilton, which offers plenty of free parking. Each talk is also available as a live webcast.

The series of public talks has been organized by the McMaster Health Forum as part of its knowledge translation enterprise funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative. Four of the talks were also supported by the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres (OACCAC), and two were supported by the MedicAlert Foundation of Canada.

Upcoming:

Stay tuned for more details about upcoming public talks.

Completed but viewable from our archives:

Going For Gold As We Age

  • Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Speakers: Mark Tewksbury, Olympic champion and Chef de Mission for the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team; and Debbie Muir, one of Canada's greatest coaches
  • Discussant: Dr. Jennifer Heisz, Assistant Professor in Kinesiology and Associate Director (Seniors) of the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence at McMaster University
  • This public talk was organized by the McMaster Health Forum and supported by the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.
  • View video recording
Mental Health Matters: Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults
  • Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. EDT
  • Speaker: Michael Landsberg, host of TSN’s Off The Record and well-known mental health advocate
  • Discussant: Dr. Doug Oliver, a family physician with a passion for supporting the physical and mental health of older adults
  • This public talk was organized by the McMaster Health Forum and supported by the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.
  • View video recording
The science of Alzheimer's: where are we going?
  • Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. EDT
  • Speakers: Jay Ingram, renowned science broadcaster and writer
  • Discussant: Dr. Christopher Patterson, professor in the division of geriatric medicine, department of medicine, faculty of health sciences at McMaster University; staff physician, geriatric services, Hamilton Health Sciences
  • This public talk was organized by the McMaster Health Forum in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Canada, Alzheimer’s Disease International, Alzheimer Society of Brant Haldimand Norfolk Hamilton Halton, and the MedicAlert Foundation Canada and is supported by the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.
  • View video recording
Active Living: How to Form Healthy Habits for Optimal Aging
  • Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. EDT
  • Speakers: Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod, BodyBreak
  • Discussant: Dr. Stuart Phillips, Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Associate Member (Graduate Faculty), Medicine, McMaster University
  • Funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.
  • View video recording
Wearable Technologies and Optimal Aging
  • Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015. 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. EDT
  • Speakers: Nora Young, Host of CBC Radio’s Spark and Author of The Virtual Self; Anthony J. Levinson, Physician, Associate Professor, John Evans Chair in Educational Research and Director, Division of e-Learning Innovation, McMaster University
  • Funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.   
  • View video recording
Breast cancer screening: making sense of the evidence
  • Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015. 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. EDT
  • Speakers: Dr. Jonathan Sussman, Associate Professor, Department of Oncology McMaster University, and Radiation Oncologist, Juravinski Cancer Centre; Dr. Cathy Risdon, Professor and Associate Chair, Academic, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, and Co-Director, McMaster Family Practice
  • Funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.   
  • View video recording
Public talk - What we eat: Nutrition as the foundation to healthy aging
  • Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015. 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Speaker: Heather Keller, Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging; Professor, Kinesiology, University of Waterloo; and Research Scientist, Agri-food for Healthy Aging, Schlegel-UW RIA
  • Funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.   
  • View video recording

Well-known American academic focuses on the health of caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • TitleAlzheimer’s Disease Caregiving:  Health Effects and Treatment Strategies
  • Speaker: Richard Schulz, Director, University Center for Social and Urban Research, University of Pittsburgh, U.S.
  • Funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative and presented in collaboration with Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres and with Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging
  • Discussant: Jenny Ploeg, Professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University
  • View video recording
Engaging leader challenges us to better support caregivers
  • Date: Monday, December 8, 2014, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • TitleWho Cares? Preparing the System and the Caregiver for What Lies Ahead
  • Speaker: Janice Keefe, Director, Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative and presented in collaboration with Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres and with Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging 
  • Discussant: Allison Williams, Professor, McMaster University and CIHR Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health
  • Discussant:Diane Charter, Retired professional and family caregiver
  • View video recording
Front-line British doctor speaks about why care in the home can trump care in hospitals
  • Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Title: There is No Place Like Home: Providing Alternatives to Hospital Care
  • Speaker: Graham Ellis, Consultant Geriatrician and Association Medical Director, NHS Lanarkshire, U.K.
  • Funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative and presented in collaboration with Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres
  • Discussant: Andrew Costa, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics; Research Lead, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
  • View video recording
Public talk - British innovator discusses putting good information into the hands of patients
  • Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • TopicSod 70: Using Research Evidence to Push the Problems of Aging to Our 90s
  • Speaker: Sir Muir Gray, Chief Knowledge Officer and Director of the National Health Service (NHS) National Knowledge Service, England, and Director, Better Value Healthcare Ltd. 
  • Funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative and supported by MedicAlert Foundation of Canada
  • View video recording
Public talk - Entertaining doctor talks about how technology changes how patients use health information
  • Date: Monday, October 27, 2014, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • TitleDisruption, Peer to Peer Healthcare, Creativity and YouTube: How to Fail Well in Patient Engagement
  • Speaker: Mike Evans, Associate Professor, University of Toronto and Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
  • Funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative and supported by MedicAlert Foundation of Canada 
  • View video recording
Webinar #2 of 2 – McMaster nursing professor explains how to find good health information on the internet
  • Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
  • TitleKnowing What’s Best: Discover How the Portal Does Your Homework
  • Presenter: Maureen Dobbins, Professor and Scientific Director, National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools, McMaster University, and one of five key contributors to the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal
  • View recording of webinar
Public talk – Former Quebec health minister makes the case for an insurance plan to cover home care
  • Date: Monday, October 20, 2014, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • TitleNo Home Care Priority without Appropriate Financing: Canada has to Move
  • Speaker: Réjean Hébert, former Minister of Health and Social Services in the National Assembly of Quebec, and founding director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute on Aging. 
  • Funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative and supported by the OACCAC
  • View video recording
Webinar #1 of 2 – McMaster psychiatrist talks about how to get the most out of the new ‘must see’ website for high-quality health information
  • Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
  • TitleHealthy Aging: Learn how to use the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal
  • Presenter: Anthony LevinsonAssociate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, Director, Division of e-Learning Innovation and machealth, John R. Evans Chair in Health Sciences Educational Research and Instructional Development, McMaster University, and one of five key contributors to the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal
  • View recording of webinar

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