Creating Connections Symposium

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Creating Connections Symposium

bringing the past to the present at th e museum


Museum London

co-sponsored by London Public Library

Age Friendly London Network

Alzheimer Society London Middlesex

funded by New Horizons for Seniors Canada


Monday, October 1st 2018

9:30am to 2pm


Who Should Attend?

Older Adults, Service Providers, Volunteers, Caregivers

We live in the present, yet we carry the past with us manifest as memories, photos and other memorabilia. We are all part of a rich, living history and culture that needs to be both shared and preserved. Our personal stories, shared memories and media can serve as intermediaries between the past and the present as well as individuals and communities. Reminiscence groups and activities can stimulate spirited discussion and offer the opportunity to share interests and recall treasured memories. Many researchers have reported that storytelling, talking about the “good old days” or sharing memories may be one of the best defences against loneliness and depression.


New! Introducing the Memory Box Pilot Project

Museum London volunteers are helping with the creation of Memory Boxes to share with older members of the community. These Memory Boxes contain vintage objects, donated by volunteers, along with selected contributions and reproductions from the collections of Museum London and London Public Library. The items in each box will help prompt memories of London Ontario or common experiences of days gone by.

Original objects (photographs, documents, aromas and sound) draw the user back in time and place. These boxes are a valuable resource for the local community and available to activity coordinators, health and social services professionals for use with individuals or groups.


Learn more about the power of nostalgia, reminiscence activities and the Memory Box Pilot Project on National Seniors Day, Monday October 1st 9:30am to 2pm at the Creating Connections Symposium at Museum London.


Program Schedule and Registration

Creating Connections Symposium

bringing the past to the present at the museum


Program Schedule


9:30am to 10am – Refreshments

10am to 10:05 – Welcome and introduction remarks by Brian Meehan, Museum London Executive Director

10:05am to 10:45am – Keynote Address by Pat Spadafora MSW

Pat Spadafora of Kaleidoscope Consulting is the founder and former director of the Centre for Elder Research, an applied research Centre of Excellence in Sheridan College, Oakville Ontario where she led the Centre in developing a reputation for innovative research and community engagement. Through Kaleidoscope Consulting, Pat’s mission is to change the way we view aging.

Ms. Spadafora has over 35 years of experience in social work and education. Her expertise is in many areas i ncluding the psychosocial dimensions of aging, social inclusion and interaction, and the role of the arts in promoting healthy aging

Pat Spadafora’s presentation at this Symposium will focus on the power of storytelling, reminiscence, memories and the importance of maintaining the connections of older adults in the community.

11:00am to 11:45am – Morning workshop presentations

*Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex, Theatre Auditorium

Jennifer Hale and Jenn Pruder will share information about the iPod and Intergenerational Choir music programs. Participants will enjoy the ASLM Intergenerational Choir through a video presentation.

*Audrey Cooper, Centre at the Forks

At the age of 76, Audrey Cooper started painting. At the age of 86 she started her own art gallery and studio. Hear Audrey’s inspiring story about the benefits she realized by painting her childhood memories. Now, at 91 years young, Audrey is the Artist in Residence with the London Creative Age Festivals. She brings her colourful paintings to share with workshop participants.

*Memory Box Pilot Project, Boardroom

Museum London volunteers share information about the Memory Box Pilot Project and how the boxes can be used to generate social time and group discussion at seniors’ centres, retirement homes and family gatherings. Sandy Ross (Wordsworth Communications) will review the Memory Box Facilitators Guidebook and share her expertise with facilitating reminiscence group discussions for her creative writing programs called Storytelling Your Life.

12 noon to 12:50 pm – Complimentary buffet luncheon in the Community Gallery

The luncheon presentation is about a Little Nostalgic Idea that Grew. Dana Lawrence (MSW Social Worker) and Lyn Ibson, are Facebook page administrators of “If you grew up in London, you will remember when…” currently with over 28,000 online members. The presenters will share first hand experience in observing how the internet can help reduce social isolation


1pm to 1:50pm – Afternoon workshop presentations

co-sponsored by the Age Friendly London Network

*Age Friendly London Network followed by entertainment with June Cole of the Maple Sugar Band

Michelle Dellamora from the City of London and Patrick Fleming MSW – RSW Geriatric Mental Heath Program, London Heath Sciences Centre. Patrick has been a major support with London becoming an Age Friendly designated city by the World Health Organization. Patrick chairs the Social Support and Health Services working group with the Age Friendly London Network.

*June Cole is the lead vocalist for Maple Sugar Band. June delights audiences with Jazz and Broadway standards you’ll remember from the 1940’s and 50’s. She’ll be accompanied by highly acclaimed vocal coach and music director Marque Smith.

June has performed at the National Arts Centre; the Red Barn Theatre; the Port Stanley Summer Theatre; Toronto’s Solar Stage; and, in London Ontario, at the Arts Project, the Grand Theatre, and the McManus Theatre. In 2016, June won the regional Seniors Got Talent competition.Free Guided Tour of the Museum London Tingley Exhibit 1pm to 1:45pm with Volunteer Tour Guides 

2:00pm – Wrap up and door prizes in the Theatre Auditorium



Creating Connections Symposium


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