May 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Health and Wellness
Rosedale Community Hall, 901 – 11 Ave N.W.

“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 Steiert

Judy 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.

June 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017   10:00 am-12:00 pm

NOTE: Change of location for this event
Health and Wellness 
Room 310, cSpace, 1721-29 Ave. SW

The Dwindling

A Daughter's Caregiving Journey to the Edge of Life

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. 

Janet Dunnett

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. 

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. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Science and Environment
Rosedale Community Hall, 901 – 11 Ave N.W.

Advances in medical science are allowing Albertans to live longer, healthier lives, but the growing presence of drugs and related matabolites in waste water is challenging current wastewater treatment technologies. This Talk will present a brief history of water treatment, global and national water challenges and water treatment technologies that may allow water reuse options to provide more benefit from our current water supply.

Speaker: Lee Jackson, Biological Sciences, University of Calgary (http://people.ucalgary.ca/~ljackson/ ) is Scientific Director for ACWA (Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets, http://www.ucalgary.ca/acwa), a partnership between the City of Calgary and the university that seeks to develop and evaluate new engineering technologies to remove emerging contaminants from our municipal wastewater and the associated environmental benefits that may result.

Friday, June 9, 2017 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Arts and Humanities Speaker Series
cSpace, 1721-29 Ave. SW

In Conversation with Louis Hobson

Louis HobsonWhy not sit down for a fireside chat with Louis B on how he became a celebrity hound? Michael Wright will coax from Louis B a few of his more bizarre encounters with celebrities as well as memories of his favourite and not-so-favourite celebrities.  Learn why Tommy Lee Jones threw a table at a roomful of journalists or why Eddie Murphy threatened to sue The Calgary Sun for one of Louis' stories.  Learn why Louis suggested Ian McKellan wear a raw steak on his eye for one of their interviews or how he went for a ride on a motorcycle with Riff Raff from The Rocky Horror Show.

Louis B. Hobson is a former English and drama teacher who has been reviewing theatre and film in Calgary for more than four decades. For the better part of 30 years, Louis interviewed actors, directors and producers of films and stage and his interviews with these actors, directors and writers have appeared in magazines and newspapers in North America, Britain and Australia. He reviews film for radio and television stations in Calgary and Ottawa and is the foremost theatre critic in Calgary. Louis' interviews, stories and reviews of theatre appear in both the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun making him the only Calgary-based film and theatre critic. Mr. Hobson is a playwright and director who has won awards both for his original scripts and for his staging of them.

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Health and Wellness
Tuesday, May 23, 1:00-3:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall
“The Gift of Years” in Poetry and Film

Literary Classics
May 15 & 29, June 12 & 26, 10 am - 12
cSpace 3rd Flr, 1721-29th Ave. SW
Short stories of Katherine Mansfield


Health and Wellness
Tuesday, June 6 10:00-12:00 PM
cSpace, 1721-29 Ave. SW 
(Note: This is a change of location)
The Dwindling--A Daughter's Caregiving Journey to the Edge of Life

Science and Environment
Wednesday, Jun 7, 7:30-9:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall

Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets

Arts and Humanities Speaker Series
Friday, June 9 1:00 - 3:00 PM
cSpace, 1721 - 29 Ave. SW
In Conversation with Louis Hobson

Monday, June 12, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall
Calgary’s Stampede Queens

Treks and Travels
Wednesday, June 21, 7:30-9:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall
Ecuador and the World Heritage Galápagos Islands

Employment Think Tank
Tuesday, June 27 1:00 - 3:00 PM
cSpace, Suite 310 - 1721 - 29 Ave. SW
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Monday, June 12, 2017, 1:00-3:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall, 901-11 Ave NW

Topic:  Calgary’s Stampede Queens

Since 1946, Calgary’s Stampede Queens have played a crucial role in the “greatest outdoor show on earth.” Don’t miss this opportunity to hear local historian, Jennifer Hamblin author of Calgary's Stampede Queens (2014). She will discuss the origins and evolution of this contest, profile its winners, and explore its continuing significance to our city’s famous celebration of cowboy culture.

Jennifer Hamblin has an MA in history from McMaster University and Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto. She works as a librarian and archivist at the Glenbow Museum. In her spare time, she enjoys researching and writing about interesting Alberta women. She has written a number of articles for Alberta History and is the co-author of The Diva and the Rancher: The Story of Norma Piper and George Pocaterra (RMB, 2006). She lives in Calgary.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017,  7:30 - 9:00 PM
Treks and Travels
Rosedale Community Hall, 901 - 11 Ave NW


Ecuador has it all; jungles, mountains, deserts and the World Heritage Galápagos Islands. Neil and Pati will share adventures from their 2016 trip to Ecuador.  They will take you from the shores of the Galápagos Islands to hiking the Condor Trail in the Andes with a stop in the rainforest near Mindo.. Join us on June 21 to explore this fascinating country.  

Tuesday, June 279, 2017 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Employment Think Tank
cSpace, Suite 301 - 1721-29 Ave. SW (Historic King Edward School)

In partnership with CALL, the City of Calgary’s AGE FRIENDLY CALGARY is hosting an EMPLOYMENT ‘THINK TANK’ and YOU are invited to participate. This event will be facilitated by Age Friendly Calgary’s Bruce Furlong, and will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss:

  • What Benefits are there to hiring and retaining older workers?           
  • What challenges do older adults face when seeking employment in Calgary?        
  • What are some possible solutions to problems faced by older adults seeking employment?

Light Refreshments will be provided.

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