Age-Friendly CURA 2012 symposium

Symposium reports

As an outcome of the symposium delegates' discussions and ideas, the Centre on Aging has produced a number of summary and theme reports.

Theme reports

About the international invited symposium

The Centre on Aging co-hosted an international age-friendly rural and remote communities symposium, October 15–18, 2012, in conjunction with Dr. Verena Menec's research project Age-Friendly Communities CURA.

The invited symposium was co-sponsored by the Manitoba Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat. Symposium collaborators include the International Federation on Aging; Rural Development Institute, Brandon University; and the World Health Organization.

The invited symposium brought together 46 international delegates from 14 countries to draw upon their experiences and highlight lessons learned in the first five years of the age-friendly community movement.

Public forum

On October 15, 2012, an international panel of experts came together to explore The nature of place: Can the place we live in become age-friendly? Over 170 members of the public and age-friendly community members came out to the Winnipeg Art Gallery to listen to the panel.

Panel members included

  • Dr. Verena Menec, Director of the Centre on Aging (Canada)
  • Ms. Norma Dresdowech, Distinguished Senior (Canada)
  • Ms. Helen Hamlin, Distinguished Senior (USA)
  • Dr. Bill Ashton, Director of the Rural Development Institute, University of Brandon (Canada)
  • Mr. Ayuk Christian, Vice President, Friends of IFA (FOIFA) Japan (Cameroon/Japan)

The panel was moderated by Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing. Following the panel, a reception was held where symposium delegates and forum attendees could mingle and share their age-friendly experiences and questions.

October 17–18, 2012, international delegates took part in closed workshops to discuss the engagement of seniors and community residents to become more age friendly. Through group work, panel presentations, an examination of a photo essay, and genuine interest in age-friendly work across the world, delegates shared knowledge, formed relationships, and worked towards creating a community of practice to share knowledge and bring the knowledge to action at the age-friendly workshop.

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Public forum October 15, 2012


Aging in developing nations: Beyond depression—The Huffington Post Canada (October 31, 2012)

The small town where seniors rule—The Huffington Post Canada (October 29, 2012)

Initiative to provide new support for communities working to make life better for seniors— (October 17, 2012)

Manitoba Hosts International Symposium on Making Rural, Remote Communities More Age-friendly—Province of Manitoba press release (October 15, 2012)

Symposium examining ways to make communities more livable for seniors—Winnipeg Free Press (October 15, 2012)

International experts gather to figure out how to make world better for aging populations—University of Manitoba (October 12, 2012)