Highlights videos, summary of Thinking Ahead events now available
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    July 17, 2014 – 

    Highlight videos from two public panel discussions held earlier this year and a summary of the complete Thinking Ahead series of events are now available to the public.

    Thinking Ahead: How We Can Better Support Optimal Aging in Canada Using the Best Available Research Evidence, included a range of activities focused on how we communicate with, engage, and support Canada’s aging population. Two public panel discussions, each featuring a roster of high-profile speakers, and a two-day symposium for invited participants working directly in the field of aging, were the highlights of the initiative organized by the McMaster Health Forum and funded by the Labarge Charitable Foundation in conjunction with McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.

    The first panel discussion focused on extended and second careers, and the second panel examined the impact of health-related information from celebrities on the general public. (View highlights videos).

    The symposium brought together 33 participants and featured presentations by authorities on optimal aging, as well as experts from outside the field, on topics such as diversity, preparing for extended careers, harnessing social media, partnering with other groups interested in optimal aging, and supporting journalists in using research evidence.

    Thinking Ahead also included:

    • the unveiling of the prototype for the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal, a new website that will be available this fall and provide direct and easy access to evidence-based information about how to stay healthy, active and engaged as we grow older;
    • a public talk geared to students on effective communications with patients, delivered by Dr. Samir Sinha, provincial lead for Ontario’s Seniors Strategy; and
    • a public exhibition of multimedia presentations conveying messages about growing old, that were created as a result of a workshop for students on re-imagining the future of aging (view videos).
    The four-page summary of Thinking Ahead, highlight videos from the public panel discussions and the exhibition videos, and interviews with symposium participants, are available on the Thinking Ahead webpage.

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