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Date: February 09, 2005

Seniors, Teens and In Betweens

UVic community forum provides insight on every age

For more than a decade, UVic’s centre on aging has applied its research to issues of relevance to the community, frequently dispelling myths, enhancing lives and encouraging alternative attitudes about the aging process. This year’s community forum on Feb. 17 will focus on the conflict and support that exists between generations.

The morning keynote address, “Generational Exchanges: Building Stronger Communities for All,” will be presented at 9:15 a.m. by UVic’s Dr. Valerie Kuehne, associate VP, academic planning and a professor in the school of child and youth care. Morning workshops include:

Family Caregiving: There’s a New Sandwich in Town with Barbara Small and Barbara MacLean (both from the Family Caregivers’ Network Society). This seminar will identify the stressors of being a caregiver to two or three generations (i.e. child, parent, grandparents, spouse) at once and explores ways to make caregiving more enjoyable.

Promoting Harmony: Law, Policy and Relationships Between Generations with Lorraine Pelot (Law Commission of Canada). Age is often used as a distinguishing characteristic in Canadian law. Is it still a legitimate criterion in all cases?

Sharing a Home Among the Generations: Trends and Issues for Aging Families with Barbara Mitchell (Simon Fraser University). This workshop will summarize recent Canadian research on different generations living together.

Age-related Stereotypes with Deborah Matheson (Malaspina University-College). Stereotypes that exist of younger and older adults, behaviours that occur as a result of these stereotypes, and techniques for eliminating “ageist” beliefs and behaviours are the focus of this seminar.

Families in Hospice Palliative Care with Moira Cairns (UVic school of nursing and centre on aging). When a family member is dying, the style and make-up of the family dictates the types of issues they face and help they need.

Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren with Marion Gracey (UVic-based Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren project). This seminar will concentrate on families where grandparents are raising grandchildren without parents in the home.

The forum takes place on Thursday, Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in room C103 and the lobby of the David Strong building. To ensure your seat call (250) 721-6369 or e-mail lcassie@uvic.ca. The fee is $39.59, $18.19 for seniors and students, and includes lunch and light refreshments.
Media contacts:
Media advisory: Members of the media are welcome to attend the panel discussion and the workshops. If possible, please contact Lois Edgar (Centre on Aging) in advance at (250) 721-6524 or ledgar@uvic.ca.

Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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