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October 1, 2018

TEDxMSVU logoChanging the aging story to one of "Aging Well"

On Thursday, October, 4, 2018 Mount Saint Vincent University's Nova Scotia Centre on Aging will be hosting the fourth annual TEDxMSVU event, focusing on the theme of "Aging Well”. This event is being held in recognition of International Day of the Older Person (October 1) and the province’s proclaimed Seniors Week (Oct 1 to 5). Both of these special occasions are intended to recognize the contributions older adults make to our communities and to challenge some of the commonly held myths about aging. 

“This TEDx event is all about sharing ideas to change the story about our aging society from one of doom and gloom to one of opportunity,” says Janice Keefe, Director of the Mount’s Nova Scotia Centre on Aging. “Our line-up includes change makers, leaders in the field of aging, and older adults themselves.” Presenters will offer a variety of perspectives to challenge current assumptions and will showcase innovations that are happening here in Nova Scotia. 

The impetus for this TEDx event stems from the Province’s SHIFT: Action Plan for an Aging Population in which the Department of Seniors, a partner for this event, plays a key role. 

Hosted by Norma Lee MacLeod, former CBC Radio Host, the evening's line-up of inspiring speakers is as follows:
•  Danny Graham, Chief Executive Officer of Engage Nova Scotia
•  Linda Carvery, Musician, Retired Citizenship Judge
•  Catherine Martin, Community Activist/Film Producer 
•  Simon d'Entremont, Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Department of Seniors
•  Amélie Lemieux, Assistant Professor of Literacies at Mount Saint Vincent University
•  Glen Hougan, Associate Professor in design at NSCAD (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) University
•  Keri-Leigh Cassidy, Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Academic Director of Geriatric Psychiatry Program
•  Marjorie Willison, Aging Well Advocate
•  Alfred Burgesson, NS GovLab Fellow
•  Gordon Michael, Business and Community Engagement, College of Continuing Education, Dalhousie University 
•  John Hamblin, Senior Entrepreneur in Residence, Startup Canada-Halifax

Many student volunteers are also involved with the event, providing an opportunity to participate behind-the-scenes and see what goes into staging a TEDx event. 

The TEDxMSVU talks are recorded and posted later online for viewing.  

Tickets for TEDxMSVU Aging Well are $20 (general admission) and available online here.

For more information contact:

Elaine MacFadyen 
Communications Coordinator 
Nova Scotia Centre on Aging
Mount Saint Vincent University
902-457-6322