50+ Festival: Celebrate how aging is changing

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education announces line up
for annual festival with a focus on the social and economic
contributions of older people.

TORONTO, May 26, 2014 /CNW/ – As a kick off to Senior’s Month, The 50+
Festival, presented by The Programs for 50+ at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University will celebrate how aging is changing. Running
from Sunday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 3, the festival engages older
adults interested in personal growth and continued learning.

“The 50+ Festival was developed to provide a forum to better understand
what aging means today and to highlight the continued learning of older
adults,” says Sandra Kerr, Program Director for the Programs for 50+ at
The Chang School. “We have more options and different challenges than
we did ten or 15 years ago, so it is important that we consider the
economic, social and cultural ripples of these changes.”

The event will host a dynamic series of workshops that will stimulate
the brain. From a talk by Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on
Ageing
that will look at the economic and social contribution that older
people make in different societies around the world, to a workshop in
Conductorcise®, lead by renowned Maestro David Dworkin, 80, which will challenge participants to use their brain and their
body to exercise the full self and better understand the effect that
music has on the brain.

“Lifelong learning is the cornerstone of our programming,” says Marie
Bountrogianni, Dean, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing
Education. “The 50+ Festival is the truest version of this, with a
vibrant community who celebrates aging and all of the learning
opportunities that it has to offer.”

The Festival will be held on the Ryerson campus. For more festival
information visit fiftyplusfestival.ca.  Most sessions are free of charge, but participants must register in
advance.

Festival Highlights:

Sunday June 1: Day one of the festival will look at music and the profound impact that
it has on our psyche.

Monday June 2: The most diverse day of programing, day two of the 50+ Festival
features a closer look at what it means to get older.

Tuesday June 3: Get Psyched! A series of conversations with experts engaging with aging
and pyscology.

About Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing
Education
(www.Ryerson.ca/ce)

With approximately 70,000 annual enrollments, The G. Raymond Chang
School of Continuing Education is Canada’s leading provider of
university-based adult education. There are over 1500 courses,
workshops and seminars and 93 career-related certificate programs and
numerous course series in which 20 certificate programs can be
completed entirely at a distance. The school’s mission is to be a
leader in innovative, quality, lifelong learning that empowers adults
to reach their life and career goals.

About Programs for 50+

At Programs for 50+, those 50 years and older can access academic tools
and opportunities for personal enrichment, self actualization, and
engagement in society with their peers and as part of an
intergenerational campus dynamic through The Chang School.

SOURCE Ryerson University’s The Chang School

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