Speaker series

The Centre on Aging hosts a Speaker Series, which regularly is held from October to March during the academic year.

As part of the Centre on Aging's outreach to the community, the Centre hosts a Speaker Series, which gives our Research Affiliates an opportunity to share insights into their academic research in aging related fields and discuss current issues.

A goal of this series is to strengthen interdisciplinary research in health and aging.
The Speaker Series is free to attend and all are welcome.

Online presentations

While we are unable to meet in person, the Centre will be offering presentations online. Meetings are hosted via the WebEx platform and registration is required to participate.

2020–2021 online schedule

March 11, 2021 | 2:30–3:30 pm

Dying alone in the time of COVID-19
Genevieve Thompson, PhD, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Manitoba

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought death and dying out of the shadows for many people. In particular, the health measures put into place limiting visitors in care settings – such as long-term care facilities and hospitals – meant that those who were dying often did so alone. To date, much of the discourse on dying alone paints it in a negative light; an event that should be avoided at all costs and causing moral distress and suffering in the bereaved. This presentation will explore where the idea that "dying alone means one has experienced a bad death" came from; will discuss if there are alternatives to this narrative we can consider; and will determine how we can best support the bereaved during this time.

Past Speaker series presentations 2020–2021

Special presentation

March 25, 2021 | 1:00–2:00 pm

Michelle Lobchuk, PhD and Jamie Penner, PhD (c)
Introduction to family caregiving across the lifespan

Learn about family caregiving concepts through a unique interdisciplinary and intergenerational approach, taught via a blended delivery approach. The course instructors invite interested undergraduate students and community members to learn about this intergenerational course that will be offered in Fall 2021.

Students will engage with information regarding caregivers and the vital role(s) they play in providing support and assistance to those who have physical, psychological or developmental needs. Health-related quality of life and wellness, ethical, legal, economic and policy issues related to caregiving will be explored by learners.

The presentation will be free to view online. Registration is required to learn more about this new course offering.

How to use WebEx

If you're new to using the WebEx platform, we have put together some information to assist you with using the program. The Troubleshooting section lists several videos currently available on YouTube showing a step-by-step overview on how to use WebEx for beginners, on Android and Apple devices.

Available for download is the complete document, or stand alone sections for reference.

Special events

Aging and Technology Networking event

June 19, 2019

The Centre on Aging in conjunction with Aging2.0 hosted an Aging and Technology Event that aimed to drive innovation in gerontechnologies and create a networking platform in Manitoba by bringing together academia, the private sector, older adults and those working with older adults.

This Aging and Technology Event included presentations of the latest trends in gerontechnologies, dynamic technology demonstrations, creative networking activities for all participants, a showcase of technologies and poster presentations from students and researchers.

Community workshops

Ageism and communications workshops

From 2018–2019, the Centre on Aging hosted over 400 people for two separate half day workshops focusing on ageism and communications. Funding was provided through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The second workshop discussed healthy aging workshops, with a focus on the World Health Organization’s Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health in the afternoon.

Joint presentations

On occasion, the Centre on Aging partners with external community or gerontology organizations to host events. Notable partnership events include: