On the fourth Tuesday of the month, at Rosedale Community Centre, 901 – 11 Ave., NW, this series will continue to present speakers from various fields related to physical, mental and emotional health and well being.

Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. Guests welcome, no registration required.

Sessions will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 pm unless otherwise indicated.



Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

Exploring Yoga:  The Science of Joy

7:30 – 9:00 PM; cSpace Room 310 1721 - 29 Ave. SW 
NOTE: Change of location for this event

httpscommons.wikimedia.orgwindex.phptitle=SpecialSearch&limit=500&offset=0&profile=default&search=laughing+baby&searchToken=bu2b4werp60mok2s1ol8yl3y9There is far more to Yoga than just stretching and poses.  For thousands of years, Yoga has taught that joy is our birthright.  We have an inner source of peace and joy but for many of us the connection to it is weak or non-existent. 

Yoga means union or connection, and its purpose it to re-establish your connection to your inner source of uncaused and unconditional peace and joy.  

If you want to reduce the internal struggle and experience more happiness, then join us for this presentation.  Attendees will have the opportunity to see and experience that inner source for themselves and learn how to begin to cultivate a stronger connection to it.  You will also discover how and why these practices simultaneously contribute to your physical health and mental/emotional wellness.

This is about experience, not ideas or concepts, and there are no preconditions or beliefs required.

This is a presentation only – no mats or special clothing required.

Coordinator for Health & Wellness:  Donna Michael 

Barry RonellenfitchBarry Ronellenfitch is a Professional Engineer with over 40 years’ experience with Yogic practices.  During that time he raised a family, owned and ran a manufacturing business, and worked to maintain a sense of peace, balance and joy while surfing the wave of chaos that we all experience in our daily lives.

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Tuesday, September  26, 2017   

Hearing Loss 101 - What Everyone Should Know

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm;  Rosedale Main Hall

Information about signs and symptoms of hearing loss, what to do if you or a loved one has hearing loss, evidence based treatment options, keeping your brain active for listening, recent research on the relationship between hearing loss and dementia/cardiovascular disease/diabetes and risk of falls as well as how to best communicate with individuals who have hearing loss.

Dr Carrie Scarff  is a Registered Audiologist, she completed her Master of Science in Audiology at Dalhousie University, clinical Audiology internships at Georgetown Medical Centre in Washington DC and The IWK Grace hospital in Halifax, and her PhD and PostDoc in Auditory Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Calgary in the area of brain plasticity and hearing research. She has publications in the areas of early identification of hearing loss and auditory cortical plasticity following hearing loss with her colleagues at The University of Calgary and Dalhousie University.

Dr. Scarff currently practices at and manages her multi-site clinics 'Audiology Innovations Ltd'. in the Mission and Glenbrook areas of Calgary with her colleagues. She sits on the Board of Directors with the Deaf and Hear Alberta non-profit organization in Calgary, and is involved in educating and informing agencies, the general public and the government about hearing loss issues, new research and treatments. She takes a particular interest in brain plasticity and advancements in hearing loss treatment. She has therefore implemented newly developed listening in noise test procedures and 'LACE' listening and communication enhancement training to individuals who have difficulty hearing in noise. She and her colleagues provide the latest advancements in technology to treat sensorineural hearing loss such as with 'Lyric' implantable hearing aids, Bluetooth enabled hearing devices and rechargeable hearing devices. Dr. Scarff and her team offer thorough hearing care for their patients that goes beyond hearing aids, providing educational training, brain training and hearing assistive devices to their patients.

Past Presentations

Tuesday, June 6, 2017   

The Dwindling--A Daughter's Caregiving Journey to the Edge of Life

10:00 am - 12:00 pm; Room 310, 3rd Floor, cSpace 1721 - 29 Ave. SW NOTE: Change of location for this event

The Dwindling

The news these days has portents of doom about the grey tsunami. Is the demographic flip to more oldsters than youngsters in the population a reality we’ll all adjust to, or a looming disaster?

 Janet Dunnett, who hails from Qualicum Beach, (the oldest mean age in Canada at 63.9 years compared to a national median of 40.6 and a Calgary median of 36.4 years)  sees challenges of course. But she insists that many are of the kind that could make our society stronger. Like boomers participating in caregiving for their parents, for example.  That’s what she did, for the first decade of this century, along with 13 million other Canadians, one in four of us, as a matter of fact. She did this with her identical twin sister Judi Gunter of Calgary.

Then Janet wrote a book about it. She calls the book, “The Dwindling,” which is a face-the-facts word often used by the medical community to describe the period of frailty in the last chapter of life. She adds a subtitle,  A Daughter’s Caregiving Journey to the Edge of Life. 

Janet Dunnett

As an author, Janet is eager to share her work through readings. But then she wants to listen.  “I’ve never been in a grocery store line up or elevator or on a bus with anyone my age without some caregiver story tumbling out as soon as we start to talk.”  She believes we all do need to share our experience. As Gail Sheehy, author of the NYT Bestseller book,  Passages,  put it in her warmly supportive testimonial,  “It is a daring and compassionate memoir for everyone called to make the caregiving passage with a slow-dying parent. Dunnett will lead you through the isolation to find quality care and tender connections. And keep you company.” 

Another testimonial sees the policy importance of caregivers sharing their stories. “We need to tell stories”, Joanne Lynn says, “to get people familiar with the language and experiences at the end of life, and the evaluation of the merits of the current care pathways.” Like Gail, Dr. Lynne sees this book as fitting that need.  

Janet grew up in Calgary and shuttled back and forth from the Coast during her caregiving years. With Judi  they were the twin team. She turned 21 as a volunteer teacher in India, She spent 30 years as a policy maker, project implementer, and diplomat for the Canadian International Development Agency. At 55 she was awarded a Masters Degree by the  University of Victoria, specializing in an emerging field called community based research. Once retired, and once the caregiving years were over, she became a teacher of English as a Second Language and now spends part of the year living, writing, and teaching in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Janet is married for 42 years, and is the proud mother of two grown kids and two grandchildren. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    “The Gift of Years” in Poetry and Film

    Joan Chittister, in her book, The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully, cites 40 “dimensions of the aging process, its purpose and its challenges, its struggles and its surprises, its problems and its potential, its pain and its joys.”

    In my observations, the movie industry has addressed many of these dimensions of aging over the years and I have selected 30 tittles released since 2000. The major roles are played by elder actors who exemplify many of the Conscious Aging Concepts along with Qualities of Sages in Service. (handouts will be available). You will have a chance to share your insights with others in the group.

    Also, elder actors are featured in a visual essay called Grow Old Along With Me (1999) , integrating commentary and poetry. Concepts such as Happiness; Creativity; Seeing; Death; Being Alone; and Intimacy are addressed beautifully. 

    Judy SteiertJudy Steiert has certification as a Sage-ing Leader with Sage-ing International, Conscious Aging with IONS and in SoulCollage. For 10+ years, Judy has facilitated courses and conference presentations in Conscious Aging in many venues throughout Calgary; Alberta; and in the US. A signature course is Elder Wisdom in Movies where she has presented 11 series. Judy initiated and lead the Calgary Conscious Aging Network (CCAN) 2014-2016 where participants are encouraged to draw from their own life experience to share presentations with the group.

    Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

    The Age of Love comes to CALL – Seeking Love After 70

    The Age of Love,a ground breaking documentary offering a funny and poignant look into the search for love by our older generations is being presented at CALL for the Health and Wellness Speaker’s Series on April 25 at Rosedale Community Centre from 1300-1500.The screening will be followed by a discussion.

    The fillm follows the humerous and poignant adventures of thirty Rochester NY seniors who sign up for a first-of-its-kind speed dating event for 70-90 year olds. Fearlessly candid about their needs and desires, these WW11 babies soon discover how the search for love changes-or doesn’t change-from first love to the far reaches of love.

    Winner of the NYCs Paley Center Doc Pitch Competition and awarded a Fledging Fund grant for its “potential to change American culture, the Age of Love previewed at the AARP National Expo in Boston and is now rolling out to venues across the US,Europe and now Canada.

    The film is presented by Chateau Renoir and The Evergreen, Revera Retirement Residences and is open to both CALL members and the public.

    To view the trailer, please visit the film’s website at The Age of Love

    Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

    How Much Vitamin D is Appropriate For Your Bones?

    Dr. David Hanley will be presenting on the study that he has been conducting over the past three years with fellow researcher Steven Boyd at U of C to help determine appropriate dosages of Vitamin D that will help build and maintain healthy bones. How much do we need depending on whom we ask is a question that has many definitive answers. Dr. Hanley will help shed some answers to the questions and enlighten us about bone health and other functions that Vitamin D has.

    Dr. Hanley is Emeritus Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Oncology and Community Health Services at U of C. Following more studying in the USA he returned to U of C and was Head of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism from 1993-2004 and ws the founder and Medical Director of CHR’s Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease Centre.

    His research has focused upon calcium and skeletal metabolism. He is the Calgary centre Director for the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study and has authored or co-authored over 200 manuscripts and papers including articles about Vitamin D Deficiency.

    Dr. Hanley has recieved many awards for his service including the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Osteoporosis Canada.

    Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

    Exploring and Supporting the Resilience of LGBT People of All Ages

    In this session we’ll explore what it means to be part of the LGBT community and the significance of “coming out” to others. You’ll hear about different challenges that are faced by LGBT people at different ages and stages of life. The unique concerns faced by transgender individuals will also be discussed. We’ll also highlight the role that friends and family can play in supporting the resilience of someone as they experience their sexual and gender identity.

    Our presenter, Kelly Ernst is the Executive Director of Calgary Outlink, a hub that promotes support and community connectedness for all gender and sexually diverse LGBTQ+people

    Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

    Elder Abuse Prevention

    This educational session will highlight facts about elder abuse, identify legislation pertaining to elder abuse in Alberta and Canada and review recent research on elder abuse. The educator will also describe elder abuse prevention and response in Calgary. The session will emphasize the role of community members in preventing and responding to elder abuse. A case discussion will provide an opportunity for discussion.

    Cari Gulbrandsen is presenting on behalf of the Elder Abuse Prevention Team at Carya Calgary.
    Presentation Material:
    CALL January 24 2017  (pdf)
    Elder Abuse Response and Prevention Resources in Calgary  (pdf)
    NICE-Prevalence Study FINAL Report Elder Abuse 20160517  (pdf)

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