Past events

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With a focus on aging research, Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR) is a one-day meeting for engaging with graduate student research beyond disciplinary and professional boundaries, and across areas of expertise.

SoAR 2018 featured Dick Moore, founder of the Senior PRIDE Network as the keynote speaker.

April 6, 2018: Lecture: A (Self) Reflexive Lens on Gerontology: Over Time, Through Change, With Aging, by Anne Martin-Matthews

Information poster for the Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews lecture

2017 Events

June 26, 2017: The NAR spring 2017 symposium

NAR 2017 Symposium featuring keynote speaker Olive Bryanton

Keynote speaker: Olive Bryanton

Olive is an 80 year old PhD student at the University of PEI. Her research uses photovoice to understand the challenges faced by women over the age of 85 living alone in rural PEI. Before starting her PhD, her years of work as a seniors advocate earned her an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from UPEI.

May 5, 2017: Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR)

SoAR Logo

With a focus on aging research, Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR) is a one-day meeting for engaging with graduate student research beyond disciplinary and professional boundaries, and across areas of expertise.

April 13, 2017: John Muscedere of CFN guest lecture - "The future of frailty in Canadian health"

John Muscedere is the Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Frailty Network (CFN), Canada’s only network devoted to improving care for older Canadians living with frailty, including at end-of-life.

2016 Events

December 15: Public lecture - "Aging in a technological world: Bridging the disciplines to tackle the dementia epidemic," Julie Robillard

Julie Robillard Presentation Save the Date Invitation

Dr. Robillard is an affiliated researcher of the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence and Vice-chair of the Ethical, Legal, Social Impacts Committee of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging.

June 24: Waterloo international workshop on the implications of aging on asset values

This conference brought together scholars from a variety of fields to discuss the impact that aging populations will have on asset values. As populations in Canada and other countries continue to age, debate has been mounting regarding the impact the changing population distribution may have on economic growth, asset values, inflation, funding of social programs, taxation, and the social contract. This workshop led to the development of better methods to quantify the impact of population aging on asset values.

May 19: Public lecture - "Caregiving for aging parents and other family members - opportunities and unmet challenges" - Dr. Donna Lero

Donna Lero

Donna Lero is a Professor in the department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph and is the Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work. Her research focuses on 2 themes:

  • Understanding how to best support caregiving and work roles from the perspective of employees with caregiving responsibilities, employers and managers
  • Strategies for accommodating employees with disabilities (including episodic disabilities) in the workplace

May 6: Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR)

An Interdisciplinary Forum for Graduate Student Research

With a focus on aging research, SoAR is a one-day meeting for engaging with graduate student research beyond disciplinary and professional boundaries, and across areas of expertise. 

March 10: NAR winter networking event

Attendees had a chance to meet the recipients of the NAR seed grants of 2015. This was an opportunity for networking with the researchers and learning about their projects, as they provided updates at the event.

March 10 - March 11: Walk with me conference

Second Canadian conference on culture change:

Participants joined together to learn with and from each other about culture change across aging care services.

Building on the success of Walk with Me 2014, this conference program addressed aging across the life course, with a special focus on later life, and highlighted culture change initiatives from across the country. 

March 3: Public lecture - "Learning to be old," Karl Kinanen

​Hosted once again by the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Dr. Deborah van den Hoonaard from St. Thomas University, gave her lecture on 'Learning to be Old'. 

January 20: The Chronic Disease Prevention Initiative (CDPI) seminar

The Chronic Disease Prevention Initiative (CDPI) is pleased to present:

Multi-sectoral Partnerships in Chronic Disease Prevention:  Implementing a Collaborative Policy Research Approach


Julie Greene, Manager, Centre for Chronic Disease, Public Health Agency of Canada

Cameron Willis, Scientist, Propel Centre for Population Health Impact

2015 Events

November 20: Annual mayor's forum on age friendly Waterloo

Age FRiendly Waterloo

At this event, attendees learned how the City of Waterloo can foster healthy and active aging across the spectrum of ages from youth to seniors.

November 11: Public lecture - "Computer vision systems in health and safety monitoring," Babak Taati

​Computer vision systems can play a role in providing care to individuals living with physical or cognitive disability. In this talk, Babak Taati first briefly reviewed vision-based systems to provide assistance to older adults with dementia and to assist with usability studies for this population.

October 27: Fall Symposium on Aging Research

Donald Stuss

Donald gave a 45-minute presentation about his own aging-focused research, and discussed experiences and difficulties that arose during three of his research projects. Donald focused in particular on research with individuals with traumatic brain injury and frontal lobe focal damage.

He also discussed the OBI, which he describes as a system response to maximize value from human research, both applied and theoretical. Donald answered audience questions following his presentation.

Healther Keller poster

Heather Keller presented on finding solutions to nutritional vulnerability in older adults

September 9: Webinar - "Rehabilitation for the frail elderly: models of care and quality indicators," Lora Giangregorio & Caitlin McArthur

​Rehabilitation for the frail elderly: models of care and quality indicators (Final results of TVN Knowledge Synthesis Grant) -- Lora Giangregorio, PhD and Caitlin McArthur (MScPT, PhD student), University of Waterloo.

June 2: University of Waterloo and Grand River Hospital meet-and-greet

The University of Waterloo and Grand River Hospital (GRH) have agreed to further develop their partnership and embark on promoting collaborative research under a joint research agenda.

May 29:NAR researcher presentations & public lecture - Karl Pillemer

​Karl Pillemer is the Director, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research; Hazel E. Reed Professor, Department of Human Development, Cornell University.

​April 21: Public lecture - "Are older adults more susceptible to consumer fraud?" Michael Ross

This Ziva Kunda Memorial Lecture Are Older Adults More Susceptible to Consumer Fraud? was presented by Michael Ross, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

March 5: Public lecture - "Death with dignity: encountering patients as whole persons," Hazel Harkwell & Donna Ward

Clinical ethicist, Hazel Harkwell, PhD, and local palliative care specialist, Dr. Donna Ward, discussed the complexity of end-of-life care.

February 25: NAR Public launch & seed grant funding announcement

More information and photos of the NAR Launch event are available on the NAR Launch event photos page.