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Upcoming Centre on Aging research knowledge events

The Science of Optimal Aging

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, author Bruce Grierson will share the story of the most remarkable 95-year old athlete on the planet and what she can teach us about healthier aging. A panel discussion and audience conversation will follow.

Registration is required for this free event. Please email senage@uvic.ca or call 250-721-6369.

 The panel will include:
·  Visiting author Bruce Grierson, of "What Makes Olga Run", in which he explores what the wild success of a ninety-four-year-old track star can tell us about how our bodies and minds age. Canadian Olga Kotelko is not your average ninety-four-year-old. She not only looks and acts like a much younger woman, she holds over twenty-three world records in track and field, seventeen in her current ninety to ninety-five category. Convinced that this remarkable woman could help unlock many of the mysteries of aging, Grierson set out to uncover what it is that’s driving Olga. He considers every piece of the puzzle, from her diet and sleep habits to how she scores on various personality traits, from what she does in her spare time to her family history.  

· Dr. Martin Collis has been at the forefront of fitness and healthy living throughout his academic life. His career has been devoted in part to exploring how people can live not only longer but better- healthier, happier, and more fulfilled. He has a PhD in exercise Physiology from Stanford University. He wrote the first North American book on employee fitness and has written books on lifestyle, weight management and walking. He was a leader in the use of pedometers to support daily walking, and was part of the team that created PAR-Q—used worldwide as a screening device for people entering an exercise program.

· John Crouch is a well-known local athlete and writer and author of the newly published "Six Highways to Home"- the account of his 2500 km solo bike trip from Whitehorse to Victoria at age 70.He has written three successful guidebooks on exploring our beautiful region by walking, hiking and biking. He was editor for ten years of the professional medical journal, the BC Massage Practitioner and was founding editor of Island Runner magazine. He has also worked with CBC Radio promoting walking and hiking in the Victoria area.John's physical and athletic pursuits embrace a number of disciplines.

· Dr. Suzanne Montemuro is a highly-regarded Victoria-based family doctor and the former director of the North Shore Menopause Information Centre in Vancouver. She has had a long-standing interest in the management of aging issues and specifically mid-life and late-life women's issues. Suzanne is a model of active, healthy aging herself; she's a wife, mother, grandmother, and physician but she still finds time to devote to her twin passions of golf and downhill skiing.

For a printable poster, please click here.

When: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:00 to 9:00PM
Where: Wright Centre, room B150 MAP
Parking
: Pay parking is available in Lot 1 across Ring Road from the Wright Centre. Evening parking is $2.50; the ticket machines accept quarters, $1.00 and $2.00 coins, Visa and MasterCard.
Buses: Information on bus routes to the university can be found here.

 

Past Centre on Aging Events

Recent events

Café Scientifique
We are proud to present a series of Café Scientifique sessions from September 2013 to May 2014. These Cafés will provide insight into health-related issues of popular interest, with presentations by knowledgeable researchers and open discussions with audience participants.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6:30PM, SHOAL Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, BC V8L 3G4
Keeping Secrets: Living with Life-Threatening Illness
Anne Bruce, RN, PhD
Doors open at 5:45PM.
This will be our final Cafe of the 2013-2014 series. Thanks for your support!

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Masterminds
The Masterminds lecture series highlights the continuing contributions of the University of Victoria’s retirees. The series is co-hosted by the UVic Retirees Association and the Centre on Aging, with the support of the University of Victoria. There is a free lecture on Wednesday evenings from April 9 to April 30, 2014.

All lectures will take place in Hickman Building, room 105. Parking is recommended in Lot 4, by Centennial Stadium. Evening parking permits can be purchased for $2.50.
BC Transit information to UVic can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/UVicBusRoutes.

April 9, 2014: I Did it My Way: Memoir of a Woman from Hong Kong, Dr. Fong Woon
April 16, 2014: Contributions of Mathematical Modelling to Controlling Infectious Diseases, Dr. Pauline van den Driessche
April 23, 2014: Studying Islam in the Academic Context, Dr. Andrew Rippin
April 30, 2014: Healing, Humor and High Level Wellness, Dr. Martin Collis


April 9, 2014 7:00 to 8:15PM, doors open at 6:15PM
I Did it My Way: Memoir of a Woman from Hong Kong, Dr. Fong Woon
In this first lecture of the series, Dr. Fong Woon will talk about her experiences, including surviving the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong and its grim post-war conditions, coming to Canada and confronting covert racism while seeking academic employment, and her ongoing search for identity in both Hong Kong and her adopted country.

Dr. Woon grew up in Hong Kong and emigrated to Canada in 1968. She taught in UVic’s Department of Pacific and Asian Studies from 1980 until she retired in 2009. Woon earned a BA (History) and MA (Philosophy) from the University of Hong Kong in 1966 and 1968 respectively, and a PhD degree in Sociology from UBC in 1975. She was a sessional instructor at UVic between 1974 and 1980 and she became a tenure track assistant professor in 1980 in the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies, an associate professor in 1985 and a full professor in 1998.

Her field of research includes migration, ethnic relations, immigration and refugee adaptations, gender issues, socioeconomic development and oral history. Her publications include two books, four book chapters and 24 refereed articles on rural communities in South China and Asian Canadian communities. She is best known for her social historical novel The Excluded Wife (McGill-Queens University Press, 1998).

April 16, 2014 7:00 to 8:15PM, doors open at 6:15PM
Hickman Building, room 105. Parking is recommended in Lot 4, by Centennial Stadium. Evening parking permits can be purchased for $2.50. BC Transit information to UVic can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/UVicBusRoutes.

Contributions of Mathematical Modelling to Controlling Infectious Diseases, Dr. Pauline van den Driessche
Ever wonder how public health officials determine their response to infectious diseases? During her career at UVic Dr. Pauline van den Driessche has applied new mathematical methods to study the dynamics of epidemics. In her presentation she’ll explain how mathematical models are used to predict and monitor the spread of infectious diseases such as influenza, measles and malaria, and to estimate the percentage of the population requiring vaccination.

Van den Driessche is an internationally recognized mathematician for her work in mathematical biology and linear algebra. Her major impact in mathematical biology is the application of new mathematical methods to study the dynamics of epidemics. She has developed tools to analyze disease outcomes and the impact of vaccination methods on influenza, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and West Nile Virus. She joined UVic’s Department of Mathematics in 1965 and retired in 2006. She has published more than 200 papers and has earned national and international prizes, including the Krieger-Nelson Prize from the Canadian Mathematical Society (2007) and the inaugural Olga Taussky Todd Award by the International Congress of Industrial and Applied Mathematical Society.

April 23, 2014 7:00 to 8:15PM, doors open at 6:15PM
Hickman Building, room 105. Parking is recommended in Lot 4, by Centennial Stadium. Evening parking permits can be purchased for $2.50. BC Transit information to UVic can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/UVicBusRoutes.

Studying Islam in the Academic Context, Dr. Andrew Rippin
Andrew Rippin, professor emeritus of Islamic history, has written many books and articles on Islam. Drawing on personal experience, his presentation will explore how the study of Islam in the academic context has changed over the past 40 years and how scholars have come under a sometimes-unwelcome spotlight. He’ll discuss the factors that have made the subject academically controversial, as well as its positive role as a vehicle for cross-cultural understanding.

Rippin is Professor Emeritus of Islamic History at the University of Victoria and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London. He is the author of a number of books, including The Qurʾān and Its Interpretative Tradition (2001) and the text-book Muslims, Their Religious Beliefs and Practices (first published 1990, fourth edition 2012). He’s also well known for his edited volumes, among which are The Qurʾān: Style and Contents (2001) and The Blackwell Companion to the Qurʾān (2006). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.


April 30, 2014 7:00 to 8:15PM, doors open at 6:15PM
Hickman Building, room 105. Parking is recommended in Lot 4, by Centennial Stadium. Evening parking permits can be purchased for $2.50. BC Transit information to UVic can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/UVicBusRoutes.

Healing, Humor and High Level Wellness, Dr. Martin Collis
Martin Collis has been at the forefront of fitness and healthy living throughout his academic life. His presentation will look at some of the ways that Canadians can live not only long, but well. He’ll draw on powerful and persuasive research to demonstrate how to maximize the quality and quantity of our days.

Dr. Collis has a PhD in exercise Physiology from Stanford University. He wrote the first North American book on employee fitness and has written books on lifestyle, weight management and walking. He was a leader in the use of pedometers to support daily walking, and was part of the team that created PAR-Q—used worldwide as a screening device for people entering an exercise program. He also co-developed the science of cold-water survival using survival clothing. Dr. Collis was one of the first four Canadians designated a Pioneer of Wellness. He is a long-time coach of swimming and soccer and has recorded three albums of original songs that focus on aspects of living well.

 

Updated: June 18, 2014



 


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