Thursday, May 16 2019

Welcome: B/OLD ideas about aging

Shannon Hebblethwaite and Kim Sawchuk, Concordia University

Thursday, May 16
9:00 – 9:30am
De Sève Theatre

What is an age friendly city?

Rosannie Filato and Nadia Bastien, City of Montreal

What is an age friendly local government?
Meghan Joy, Concordia University

The challenges of aging in an increasingly cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic city
Pascual Delgado, Alliance des communautés culturelles pour l’égalité dans la santé et les services sociaux (ACCÉSSS)

Thursday, May 16
9:30 – 11:00am
De Sève Theatre

Activism and aging

Keynote address by May Chazan, Trent University

Thursday, May 16
11:30am – 12:30pm
De Sève Theatre

The visibilities and invisibilities of aging

Fleurette Bilodeau, Community member and activist

Media coverage of older adults: many shades of grey
Mylène Moisan, Le Soleil

Thursday, May 16
2:00 – 3:30pm
De Sève Theatre

Friday, May 17 2019

Belonging in the city

Solange Baril, Groupe Harmonie

Friday, May 17
9:30 – 11:00am
De Sève Theatre

Co-designing for social futures: Playful and creative cities for older adults

Keynote address by Larissa Hjorth, RMIT University

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Much of the rhetoric around smart cities focuses on technology-centric approaches. Health, as we know, is far more complex than technology and medical solutions might suggest. Understanding health and ageing requires us to grapple with the complexity that is the social (Gawande 2015). Increasingly technologies are being designed with the notion of the social at its core through human-centric approaches. The datafied and algorithmic city is one in which the human (and its biases) can take a variety of ways—from redlining to playful cities. How might we playfully co-future for cities with growing ageing populations?

This talk focuses on creative and ethnographic approaches to how we might recalibrate the city as a playful and creative place that fosters ageing well. My approach is as an interdisciplinary maker and ethnographer interested in how we can learn from participants’ everyday practices to design together a social future for cities that places the importance on playful and creative intervention. I will draw from fieldwork conducted with older adult Pokémon Go uses, along with creative practitioners, to explore how we might curate conversations around ageing as a positive, playful and creative activity.

Friday, May 17
11:30am – 12:30pm
De Sève Theatre

Aging and our lived environments

Satoshi Ikeda, Concordia University

Janet Torge, Radical Resthomes

Jennifer Boger, University of Waterloo

Friday, May 17
2:00 – 3:30pm
De Sève Theatre