Courier hosts Lifetime Talks and Tables event for Vancouver seniors

This free, fun and informative event for seniors takes place Sept. 19 at VanDusen Botanical Garden

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, Sept. 19 at VanDusen Botanical Garden — with the support of London Drugs.

Highlights of this informative day include Dialogue on Aging — a public presentation series with informative speakers, tables offering information on supports and services, and interesting demonstrations. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and the Lifetime Senior Volunteer of the Year award will be announced by B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie at 2: 15 p.m.

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Check out the schedule below to best plan your day. The information tables will be set up in both the Floral Hall and the visitor’s centre from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

11:00 a.m.

Smart Medication use in Seniors: Do’s and Don’ts

Janet Kushner Kow, MD, MEd, FRCPC

Physician program director of elder care for Providence Health Care

Clinical assistant professor of geriatric medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of B.C.

12:45 p.m.

Dr. Google Will See You Now: Facts and Fiction in Online Brain Health Information

Julie Robillard, PhD

Assistant professor of neurology at the University of B.C.

Scientist in patient experience at B.C. Children’s and Women’s Hospital

Associate director of Neuroethics Canada

2:15 p.m.

Lifetime Seniors Volunteer of the Year Award

Presented by B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie

2:30 p.m.

Sleep Matters: Part Two

Glenn Landry, PhD

Sleep Consultant

Circadian, rhythms and sleep

Talks + Tables tips

The Lifetime Seniors Talks + Tables event is four-hours long so you should plan strategically if you want to spend the afternoon. 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 which talk you most want to hear and get there early to ensure you have a seat. Same goes with demonstrations.



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