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Date: September 30, 2004

Been There, Done That

Canadian seniors and gerontologists share wisdom at annual conference.

In 1981, seniors accounted for 10 per cent of Canada’s population. That number is constantly climbing and by 2026, an estimated one in five Canadians will be over age 65. Their future is the focus of the 33rd annual scientific and educational meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG).

“A Long Look at Later Life: Diverse Perspectives,” sponsored in part by the University of Victoria, will take place on October 21-23 at the Fairmont Empress Hotel and the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria.

The event showcases gerontology experts from across the country including many from UVic’s renowned Centre on Aging. Topics include seniors and driving; the implications of living longer on healthcare; fall prevention; mental health challenges; and the impact of stress, self-esteem, and regrets on the aging process. The meeting’s closing symposium features four amazing older Canadians—noted artist Ted Harrison; health educator and administrator Gerri Hinton; community activist and former chief of the Tsartlip band Samuel Sam; and founding member of the “Raging Grannies” Betty Brightwell—in a discussion facilitated by award-winning UVic educator Dr. Elaine Gallagher about how they achieved mind-body-spirit balance in their later years. A complete conference agenda is available at www.cagacg.ca/english/410_e.php.

CAG is a national, multidisciplinary scientific and educational association established to provide leadership in matters related to the aging population. It seeks to improve the lives of older Canadians through the creation and dissemination of knowledge in gerontological policy, practice, research, and education. For more information about CAG go to www.cagacg.ca.

Media contacts:
Dr. Holly Tuokko (Centre on Aging) at (250) 721-6576 or htuokko@uvic.ca
Dr. Elaine Gallagher (Nursing) at (250) 721-7966 egallagh@uvic.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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