Speaker Series

Distraction: Friend or Foe?
For older adults distraction has its benefits!

Everyone is affected by distraction, but did you know that older brains make good use of “useless” information? Found out how your brain learns new things and what it’s up to when you are at rest or doing more than one task at a time.

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Drs. Cheryl Grady & Lynn Hasher

Nutrition and Brain Function:
The relationship between your diet and your mind.

Are you really what you eat? Find out about the different ways food can affect your brain and the impact your food choices may have on the way your brain ages. This talk could change the way you shop for groceries! Sponsored by the Ada Starkman Community Lecture Endowment Fund

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Dr. Carol Greenwood,
Senior Scientist

The Amazing Plastic Brain – A hopeful new understanding of how it works.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Use it or lose it. Are these familiar statements fact or fiction? This talk will dispel old myths and provide exciting news about how your brain works hard every day of your life to help you adapt to cognitive changes that develop over a lifetime.

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Dr. Donald Stuss,
Senior Scientist

Positive Attitude, Longer, Healthier Life:
Research shows that looking on the bright side can add up to 7.5 years to your life.

Our experts will explore the factors connecting age and mood, help dispel the myth that depression is a normal part of aging and offer strategies for staying mentally fit as you age.

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Dr. David Conn,
Chief of Psychiatry

Beat Brain Sag: Ladies, Give Your Grey Matter A Lift!

Statistics show women have a higher prevalence of Alzheimer’s than men. It’s time to take charge of our lives before cognitive decline takes charge of us. Produced together with Baycrest’s Aging, Innovation & the Mind Speaker Series.

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Drs. Tiffany Chow & Jean Marmoreo

Flash freezing the memory meltdown: Can you keep your brain fit longer in the lifespan?

Misplaced your keys again? Forgot to take out the garbage? Can’t concentrate like you used to? You’re not alone. Our researchers have evidence that practical strategies can help maintain and improve your memory and attention skills.

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Dr. Gordon, Wincour and Dr. Kelly Murphy

Caring for Aging Parents: Wish there was a GPS for this journey!

Of the more than nine million Canadians who are between the ages of 40 and 59, the majority have parents who are beginning to need help and support. This talk will help you figure out how to navigate some of the bumps in the road and steer through unanticipated, sudden turns.

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Dr. Michael Gordon,
Medical Program Director

Age-related memory changes: How the human memory works

Find out how your memory stores and retrieves information, the effects of aging on those processes and how certain types of memory hold up better than others in later life.

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Dr. Fergus Craik,
Senior Scientist

Technology and the Aging Boomer: How technology will impact the way you age

Learn how today’s technology can compensate for cognitive impairment, how your parents can age at home and remain socially connected and how future technology will help you maintain your own autonomy through the coming years.

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Dr. Brian Richards, Pshychologist

Mental illness and the creative mind: The Brian Wilson Story

The Beach Boys leader’s story shows how mental illness and the creative mind meet and how proper treatment and support can help people with mental illness build on their passions and enhance quality of life.

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Dr. Brian Levine, Senior Scientist