Lifetime Seniors Talks + Tables 2019

Free event for seniors, including talks, demonstrations and exhibits, heads back to VanDusen Botanical Garden June 5

Are you an older adult looking for a fun, informative and, most importantly, free day-long event, including talks related to aging, demonstrations and exhibits?

The Vancouver Courier, Providence Health Care and St. Paul’s Foundation have once again partnered to produce the annual Lifetime Seniors Talks + Tables event, which this year takes place Wednesday, June 5, at VanDusen Botanical Garden. The talks take place in the BMO Great Hall in the visitor’s centre and the exhibits will be located in the Floral Hall.

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Lifetime Seniors Talks and Tables includes demonstrations and exhibits that are both fun and informative. Photo iStock

A highlight of this informative day is Dialogue on Aging — a public presentation series with informative speakers, including:

11:15 a.m.

  • Music for Healthy Aging: Research and Experiences
  • Susan Summers, PhD, MTA
  • Music Therapy Faculty, Capilano University

1:00 p.m.

  • The Brain Health and Wellness Project
  • Paul Blackburn, MD, FRCPC Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia; Cambie Older Adult Mental Health Team, Vancouver Coastal Health

2:15 p.m.

  • Advance Care Planning: Planning How You Want to be Treated
  • Gibong Lee, MD, FRCPC
  • Geriatrician, internist, Providence Health Care, Clinical Instructor, Division of Geriatric Medicine University of British Columbia

Lifetime Seniors Talks + Tables runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free. Anyone interested in booking an exhibitor table can contact Maureen Laventure at 604-630-3518 or

Lifetime Seniors Talks & Tables is a fun, free event organized to help seniors live their best lives. Photo iStock

Talks + Tables tips

The Lifetime Seniors Talks + Tables event is five-hours long so you should plan strategically if you want to spend the day. Here are a few pointers to make your day that much more pleasant.

  • There will be a table with greeters set up at both the visitor centre, which is home to the BMO Theatre, and above by the parking  lot outside the Floral Hall.
  • Dress accordingly. (Fingers crossed the sun will shine.)
  • No pets allowed, with the exception of service animals.
  • Bring a snack: Truffles cafe in the visitor centre sells food and drinks, but it can be busy at peak times.
  • Also under the topic of “planning ahead,” choose the talk you most want to hear and get there early to ensure you have a seat. Same goes with demonstrations.




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