A new lecture series hosted by Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences kicks off Wednesday with a discussion on the future of long-term care.
The inaugural event of the Reimagining Aging Speaker Series will take place on Wednesday, May 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with an online discussion titled “Putting Life into Years: Promising Practices for Reimagining Long-Term Care.”
Reimagining Aging launches an annual public lecture for the Brock public and the wider community on interesting topics in the field of aging and gerontology.
The first speaker in the series is Pat Armstrong, Research Professor Emeritus at York University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada who led the 10-year research project “Reinventing Long-Term Residential Care”.
The discussion will cover topics such as:
- Promising practices to reinvent long-term care
- Lessons learned from the pandemic regarding what is necessary for the flourishing and dignity of residents, staff and families
- How to bring joy to everyday life
- What we, citizens of all ages, can do to have an impact
The virtual event is free and registration is available on the Master in Applied Gerontology (MAG) events website. Registrants will receive a link to view the live chat or can access the event directly on Wednesday afternoon on the Lifesize streaming platform.
The series is affiliated with Brock’s MAG program, a one-year, full-time program that celebrated its first cohort of graduates in June 2021.
An advisory committee was established in the fall of 2021, made up of older adults and caregivers living in the Niagara region, as well as representatives from local health care organizations, retirement homes, long-term care duration, community support organizations, current MAG students and recent graduates. Doug Rapelje, a strong supporter of Brock and his MAG program, who died last week at the age of 88, was also on the committee.
The committee advocated for the Reimagining Aging lecture series as a way to engage students and members of the MAG community, support community-campus partnerships, and showcase the MAG program.