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Event – Friday, September 13th 9:30am to 3:30pm
Cost – free
Goal – to strengthen area social connections through networking – speakers, demonstrations, exhibits, door prizes and complimentary community luncheon. Hosted by the Dorchester Seniors Centre and funded, in part, by New Horizons for Seniors Canada and Municipality of Thames Centre.
Dorchester Community Centre Auditorium
20 minutes east of Hamilton Road and Highbury
Century 21 First Canadian
Home Star In Home Health Care
CARP Chapter 8 London – St.Thomas
London and Area Creative Age Network
10am – Pat Spadafora, Kaleidoscope Consulting
Pat Spadafora is changing the way we view aging. As the founder and former Director of the Sheridan College Centre for Elder Research, Pat established a proven track record of taking innovative projects from concept to reality. Under her leadership, the Centre produced an impressive body of work and developed a reputation for inventive, interdisciplinary research that can be translated into practical programs in your community
Thrive: Connecting Generations Strengthens Communities and Benefits Everyone
Technology, advances in transportation and other forward achievements have increased the ways in which we communicate and connect with one another. Still, we often seem more isolated from those around us than ever before. Nowhere is this more evident than when we look at how age segregated our communities have become. This talk will explore the benefits, for all ages, of moving from an age segregated society to an age integrated one.
Examples of inter and multigenerational thinking will be drawn from around the globe with the objective of considering how these might be adapted in the local area.
10:45 Group discussion and conversations
12 noon – Complimentary Luncheon and Networking
1pm – Special guest, 91 years young Audrey Cooper who started painting at the age of 76 and now operates a busy and popular ART GALLERY.
1:15pm – Using technology to build bridges between groups and communities. Learn about a new project called Crossing Arts-Tech Bridges.
1:30pm – Creative Age Art Studio Programs/Murals
Hear about the Community Mural Project. Meet Penny Wearne, the studio co-ordinator, along with studio painters who are developing intergenerational and community-building projects for Thames Centre along with OUTREACH to surrounding communities.
Sheila Horrell – experience more about intergenerational drum circles
Bernie Gilmore – Crossing Cultures – storytelling/music/songs
3pm – Wrap Up and Door Prizes
**Visit the new CREATIVE AGE ART STUDIO located by the walking track in the new building.