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Date: February 07, 2008

Seniors Leave Their Mark

Leaving a legacy—that’s the focus of the University of Victoria Centre on Aging’s 2008 community forum. The event, entitled “Life Journey: A Celebration of Life, History and Our Own Story”, takes place on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UVic.

In the morning keynote speech, Dr. Robert Tate will talk about the Manitoba Follow-up Study, Canada’s largest and longest running investigation of cardiovascular disease (www.mfus.ca). Tate is the director of the study and an associate professor at the University of Manitoba. The afternoon plenary address, “Advance Care Planning in BC,” is being presented by Laura Watts, National Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law Studies. Watts will discuss how new changes in BC legislation—including the Adult Guardianship Act, the Health Care Consent Act, the Power of Attorney Act and the Representation Agreement Act—affect how people plan for their futures.

As well as the plenary speeches, UVic experts and community professionals will present a total of six workshops. These include:

• UVic neuropsychologist Dr. Holly Tuokko and graduate student Kristina Kowalski’s workshop, entitled     “To Drive or Not to Drive: What are the Options?” will cover research related to older drivers and strategies used by older adults to promote safe driving and the use of alternate modes of transportation.

• Award-winning documentary filmmaker and personal historian Dan Curtis will lead a workshop about ethical wills. An ethical will, which is not a legal document, is a way to share one’s values, beliefs, life wisdom and wishes for the future with loved ones.

• UVic doctoral student Will Weigler and alumna Trudy Pauluth-Penner’s “Reminiscence Theatre” workshop will present some of the ethical concerns artists face when creating theatre from older peoples’ lives and memories.

As well, the forum features workshops on estate planning, telling life stories through autobiographies and memoirs, and analysing talk in research interviews.

The forum takes place on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in room C103 of the David Strong Building at UVic. Including lunch, the cost for seniors and students is $26.25, the fee for all others is $52.50 (prices include GST). A parking permit, if required, is $6.30. For more information or to register call 250-721-6369 or go to www.coag.uvic.ca/. The registration deadline is Feb. 15.
Media contacts:
Lois Edgar (Centre on Aging) at 250-721-6524 or ledgar@uvic.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6139, cell 250-213-1705 or lironim@uvic.ca

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