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Trent Centre for Aging & Society

Summit on Aging

2018 Summit on Aging

Dementia Dialogues: Living Life Fully

October 25, 2018, Gzowski College, Trent University, from 8:00am-4:30pm.

Join us for Dementia Dialogues featuring panelists and speakers in the areas of primary care and diagnosis, legal issues, community and lived experiences.

Learn more about the speakers, schedule, and program.


2017 Seniors' Summit

Grey Matters: Healthy Minds for Healthy Aging

October 26, 2017, Gzowski College, Trent University.

Registration: 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Speakers and workshops: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

The 2017 Seniors’ Summit will be focused on the opportunities and challenges associated with mental health as we age. We will explore the positive impact of music, mindfulness and humour on our mental health, while the Trent Centre for Aging & Society will share arts-based approaches to social inclusion and aging.  Experienced through a lens of elder wisdom, this year’s Summit promises to keep your grey matter engaged and inspired.


8:00 am: Doors open

9:00 am: Welcome

9:15 am: Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs gives the opening address

9:30 am: Denise Waligora, keynote speaker, mental health first aid

10:30 am: Break and Information Village

11:00 am: Knowledge Exchange Session 1

11:45 am: Lunch and Information Village

1:00 pm: Honour Drumming

1:15 pm: Dr. Jonathan Bertram, feature speaker, Indigenous mental health

2:00 pm: Knowledge Exchange Session 2

2:45 pm:  Break and Information Village

3:15 pm: Linda Kash, closing speaker will deliver a session in improv that will leave you laughing

4:15 pm: Closing remarks


2016 Seniors' Summit
Designing Healthy Housing & Innovative Communities


October 27, 2016 - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Gzowski College, Trent University.

TCAS is excited to host the 2016 Seniors’ Summit in partnership with the Peterborough Council on Aging. This edition of the summit is focused on the issue of housing and what allows an aging population to live well in its own homes. Teh summit will explore different housing models, design features, local successes, and future housing opportunities all through the lens of seniors needs.

We will welcome keynote speaker, Dr. James Dunn from McMaster University. Dr. Dunn's research program focuses on urban housing and neighbourhoods, and how economic and social policies can influence health.  He is concerned with how urban infrastructure is failing the growing population of urban adults who don’t drive, and how housing and transit can help seniors remain mobile and independent.

Arlene Etchen is a knowledge transfer consultant in Ontario with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. She has been working in urban planning and energy sectors for more than 15 years focused on engaging with professionals in the housing industry, academics and provincial/ municipal governments to ensure access to relevant housing information from CMHC. Her present focus includes integrated accessible and adaptable design, solutions for aging in place and designing for housing affordability.

Jess Mitchell is a senior manger in research and design with OCAD University in Toronto. Jess is presenting the discussion One-size-fits-one - How inclusive design can make the world work for us. According to Ms. Mitchell, "Too often we consider diversity to be a problem to be solved - and we solve it with one-offs, one-size-fits-all, and policy-driven solutions that often work for no one in the attempt to work for everyone. We can do better! In our complex, interconnected, and technology-heavy world we have the ability and the tools to look at diversity as an asset, a driver of innovation, and an opportunity to make better solutions."