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NSCA Newsletter

WHAT'S HAPPENING!

NSCA CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF QUALITY RESEARCH!: This year we are celebrating our 25th anniversary and we have several planned events scheduled over the course of 2017 so stay tuned for information on how you can participate.

NSCA'S COMMUNITY OUTREACH SERIES: The NSCA will host a series of community events throughout Nova Scotia which will offer new insights on different aging related topics. Please see below for the list of community event topics and locations:

May 4, 6:30-8:00 pm Power of Positive Thinking for Health and Resilience
Speaker: Dr. Beverley Cassidy, Fountain of Health Initiative
Location: Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre, Bridgewater

May 9, 6:30-8:00 pm Positive Aging and Nutrition: Let’s Talk About it!
Speaker: Dr. Catherine Morley, School of Nutrition and Dietetics, Acadia University
Location: Community Room, Wolfville Farmers Market

May 23, 6:30–8:00 pm Caregiving: Is there a silver lining?
Speaker: Dr. Janice Keefe, Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, Mount Saint Vincent University 
Location: Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library

May 25, 7:00-8:30 pm Creative Aging
Speakers: AHA! Artists
Location: Community Room, Antigonish Public Library

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OUR 25th ANNIVERSARY RECOGNITION DINNER A SUCCESS!: On Thursday, April 6 we celebrated our 25th anniversary and marked this occasion by recognizing the many individuals and organizations who have supported the Centre over the years. It was also an opportunity to present awards to our student essay contest winners, 1st prize-Madeline McPhee and 2nd prize-Aidan Ashley. The Centre recognized The Alzheimer Association of NS as an organization which has made a significant contribution to enhancing the lives of older adults and their families and Dr. Rosemarie Sampson was recognized for her significant contribution to the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging. We would also like to thank our emcee Norma Lee MacLeod, and our guest speaker, Dr. Brian Goldman, best selling author and host of the CBC’s award winning radio show, “White Coat, Black Art”.  Our sincere thanks to those individuals and organizations who supported and attended this milestone event!

STUDENT ESSAY COMPETITION: We are pleased to announce that the winners of the Centre's 25th anniversary student essay competition are: 1st prize-Madeline McPhee, Grade 5, Sambro Ketch-Harbour Elementary and 2nd prize-Aidan Ashley, Grade 6, Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre. Congratulations Madeline and Aidan! These students will be recognized at the Centre's 25th Anniversary Recognition Dinner on April 6. The competition, which was for students in Grades 5 and 6 within the Halifax Regional School Board, was intended to increase awareness of older adults and the contributions they make to families and society, and to foster a culture of caring and respect across the generations.  Click here for more information. Thank you to all of the students who participated in the competition!

NSCA RECOGNIZED AT "SHIFT" LAUNCH: NSCA was recognized for its background work to Shift - Nova Scotia's Action Plan for an Aging Population at the launch on March 30th. NSCA held community conversations in Nova Scotia to gather input to support the development of Shift, Nova Scotia's Action Plan for an Aging Population. These engagement sessions, in addition to a survey, invited input on a number of topics including opportunities and barriers for older adults to stay engaged in paid work and volunteerism. Many action ideas were identified that, if implemented, will enhance older adults’ social participation in later life. Click here for more information on Shift.

RETIREMENT- IT’S MORE THAN THE MONEY: The NSCA is offering a workshop that explores the importance of social participation in retirement. The 2-hour interactive workshop is available to employers who have employees “soon to retire”.  Workshop is funded through New Horizons for Seniors Program. Contact pamela.fancey@msvu.ca for more information. 

NATIONAL IDEATHON: AGE-WELL and HACKING HEALTH have teamed up to launch a national ideathon focused on identifying and investing in great new ideas (technologies and services) to support healthy aging. The first national competition of its kind, prizes awarded at the AGE-WELL – HACKING HEALTH National Ideathon will total $75,000 in cash and in-kind services.The Halifax Ideathon will be held on May 13. Click here to register.

NORTHWOOD SYMPOSIUM: Northwood’s 7th Annual Research Symposium will take place on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Best Western Burnside in Dartmouth. Click here for more information or go to nwood.ns.ca or contact information@nwood.ns.ca.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR CAG2017: Canadian Association on Gerontology has launched its call for abstracts for CAG2017: Evidence for Action in an Aging World, taking place October 19-21, 2017, Winnipeg. Abstracts due May 1, 2017. For more information http://cag2017.ca/