» home » media releases

Media releaseDowload Release in PDF Format

Date: February 04, 2004

Scamming the Elderly

UVic’s centre on aging has the ultimate weapon against scam artists—knowledge. Throughout its Thursday, Feb 19 community forum at UVic, “Living Long and Well: Reality vs. Scams,” the centre will provide seniors with the information they need to avoid being swindled.

In his keynote address, “The Quest for Immortality,” S. Jay Olshansky will discuss the real science of aging and which treatments offered by today’s multi-billion-dollar anti-aging industries offer real hope, and which are a waste of money and time. Olshansky is a professor in the school of public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

As well as the speech by Olshansky, UVic experts will present a total of 10 workshops during the 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. forum. These include:

UVic drug policy researcher Alan Cassels will debunk the myth that Canada’s aging population will bankrupt the nation’s health care budget during his lecture, “Mooing all the way to the bank: How your aging metabolism is becoming the pharmaceutical industry’s biggest cash cow.”

UVic political scientist Dr. Michael Prince will examine the belief that Canadian social policy has solved the problem of poverty among our nation’s seniors in his lecture, “Solving Poverty Among Canada’s Elderly: Social Policy Success or Scam?”

UVic chemistry professor Dr. Reg Mitchell will provide details about the many health ‘remedies’ and ‘snake-oils’ that are available to seniors during his lecture, “So Many Chemical Scams: Which to Avoid.”

For a complete list of forum speakers and topics, and registration information, go to www.coag.uvic.ca or call (250) 721-6369. Tickets are $35, $15 for seniors and students. The registration deadline is February 11, 2004.

Media contacts:
Lois Edgar (Centre on Aging) at (250) 721-6524 or ledgar@uvic.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

UVic media releases and other resources for journalists are available on the World Wide Web at http://communications.uvic.ca/media

(image: fern)