Spring Research Symposium
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Scheduled presenters

Opening plenary

Epigenetic aging and health
Meaghan J. Jones, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Dr. Jones will discuss the principles of epigenetics and how epigenetic marks change with age. She will describe current understanding of what causes epigenetic changes with age and how these relate to long term health. Finally, Dr. Jones will discuss the concept of the epigenetic clock, which can predict chronological age from the epigenome, and her recent research on how the epigenetic clock in mice is altered by environmental exposures.

Session presentations

Does technology see caregivers?
Celine Latulipe, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba

Older adults commonly rely on a caregiver to help them navigate technological systems. There are very few cases where those technological systems are built to explicitly support a 'close other' or caregiver acting as a proxy user. In this talk, I will provide some examples from my own research and the research of others that details what the risks are for older adults having caregivers use technology on their behalf, and the issues that arise when this happens. I will go through some design considerations for building online systems (such as eBanking, eGovernment, eHealth and eShopping) that could mitigate some of the privacy and security risks associated with caregivers using these services on behalf of older adults.

What does human rights have to say about older age?
Albert Evrard, PhD
University of Namur, Belgium; Visiting Scholar, Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba; Research Fellow, Jesuit Centre for Catholic Studies

Although in a crepuscular state for decades Aging and Law and more specifically Human Rights is increasingly becoming part of the conversation on Aging since 2010.  Where to find this part of the conversation at international and regional  American, African, Asian, Oceanic and European levels?  Besides, does Older Age, Longevity and the growing number of Old and very Old persons in our western societies offer an opportunity to reshape Human Rights differently or do we keep going with Old schemes on Human Rights?  What is it about: Revamped Old rights and freedoms?  New rights and freedoms to come? Duties?

Intergeneration learning and post-secondary education: Possibilities and promise
*Stephanie Chesser, PhD, Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba
Melissa Krook, Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba

Historically, the practice of individuals of all ages learning with and from each other (i.e., intergenerational learning) has been common across cultures around the globe.  However, it has, arguably, only been in recent years that colleges and universities have begun to recognize the possibilities that intergenerational learning can offer to their institutions and communities at large.  Likely influenced by Dublin City University’s Age-Friendly University Initiative and principles (which encourage institutions to commit to becoming more age-inclusive spaces), many are now designing and testing programs that bring younger and older people together in innovative ways. This presentation will describe specific examples of post-secondary intergenerational learning opportunities and will discuss the benefits such programming can provide to older people, students, and overall academic culture. Discussion of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on intergenerational opportunities will also be incorporated.

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