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Time to TALK: The Truth About Seniors

Time to TALK: The Truth About Seniors

10/19/2017 - 12:35
Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie

The elderly are clogging up our emergency departments. Seniors are wealthy and enjoying a lifestyle the next generation never will. Dementia is inevitable.

Society has a range of public perceptions of seniors.

BC Seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie will provide current evidence that busts assumptions of aging and reframes the conversation around what current challenges really are for the growing aging population at the Third-Age Learning at Kwantlen (TALK) AGM on Oct. 21. From housing affordability to the need for more home support, Mackenzie will highlight where the most pressing needs are and what can be done to properly plan for the future.

The TALK AGM is open to the public and will be an opportunity for learning and lively engagement with provincial seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie. Appointed in 2014, Mackenzie is Canada’s first seniors advocate, tasked with monitoring and reviewing system-wide issues affecting the well-being of seniors and raising awareness about resources available to them. Mackenzie also makes recommendations to government and those who deliver seniors’ services related to health care, personal care, housing, transportation and income support.

          WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
          WHERE: Richmond KPU campus, Melville Centre for Dialogue, room 2550A/B
          REGISTRATION: Registration is required. Registration options are available online, by email talk@kpu.ca, or by phone 604.599.3077.
          The AGM is $25 for non-TALK members, and $15 for TALK members.

Participants of all ages are welcome at the AGM. A lunch will be served. 

“TALK provides creative and stimulating educational activities for adults over 50,” said Robin Heath, TALK board chair. “TALK is a participatory learning experience with no quizzes, grades or prerequisites. The learning process is lively, full of discussion, controversy, humour, insight and wisdom.”

For a full schedule of TALK events, including session overviews, times and locations, presenter bios, and registration information, visit kpu.ca/talk.

TALK events are aimed at those who are 50 or older. Most courses are $15 or $20, in addition to the $10 annual membership fee. There is a suggested minimum donation of $2 for each Philosophers’ Corner.