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The Aging Dialogues exhibition to connect multiple generations

New exhibition and dialogue series will feature Hazel McCallion, former Mayor of Mississauga 

Kitchener, ON – On Saturday, March 5, THEMUSEUM’s newest exhibition – The Aging Dialogues: Sharing Wisdom, Preserving our Legacies – will open to the public. The exhibition will focus on human connections, and showcase diverse voices and creativity that span generations through shared memories, relationships, and personal belongings. The Aging Dialogues – developed by THEMUSEUM staff and guest curator Zana Kozomora – will also highlight how humans remember their past, and shape their future.  
 
A dialogue series, showcasing THEMUSEUM’s festival strategy, will run concurrently and feature prominent speakers, lectures, and film screenings. On Thursday, April 21, former Mayor of Mississauga and Revera’s first Chief Elder Officer, Hazel McCallion, will speak at THEMUSEUM. 
 
“We are thrilled at Victoria Place by Revera to present Hazel McCallion at The Aging Dialogues with THEMUSEUM,” said Kerry Chartrand, Executive Director of Victoria Place – Revera. “It’s easy to find yourself in awe of the spirit and energy she brings with her everywhere she goes.  This is definitely a dialogue to attend.”  
 
“The Aging Dialogues once again showcases the calibre of THEMUSEUM’s public programming and exhibitions,” said David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM. “As with all of our dialogue series, including Science of Sexuality, Havana and Sustainable Food Systems, we wish to spark high-level community discussion and engagement, while showcasing creative diversity within our region.” 
 
The official opening will take place Sunday, March 6, at THEMUSEUM followed by the first dialogue Your Digital Legacy, presented by Jocelyn Veith at 2:30pm. The Quality Living Show, hosted by Grand River shows, will also take place all day with special discounted admission for all guests visiting THEMUSEUM. 
 
The Aging Dialogues is being supported by the Government of Canada’s program New Horizons for Seniors, and The Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation. Exhibition partners include the department of Knowledge Integration from the University of Waterloo, Opening Minds through Art with Trinity Village, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Grand River Council on Aging, and Your Digital Legacy.  
 
The Aging Dialogues will be on display from Saturday, March 5 until Monday, May 23. More information and tickets are available online at www.THEMUSEUM.ca.  
 
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The Aging Dialogues Schedule
 
Sunday March 6th, 2016: Your Digital Legacy, presented by Jocelyn Veith 
'Your Digital Legacy' is a form of digital storytelling which focuses on capturing the narrative in a natural, candid way. Jocelyn's approach allows for an unscripted and intimate dialogue to emerge on camera, which is then produced into a personalized feature film. 
 
Sunday March 13th, 2016: The Power of Lifelong Learning, presented by Dr. Donald Morgenson – Professor Emeritus, Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University 
Dr. Don Morgenson will survey a growing body of research that supports that lifelong learning, curiosity and play might be the elusive ‘elixir-of-youth’. His talk will explore the benefits and joy of formal and informal forms of continued learning and underscore the importance of intellectual stimulation and a youthful brain. 
 
Wednesday March 30th, 2016: Film Screening: The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013) 
Based on the internationally best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson, the unlikely story of a 100-year-old man who decides it's not too late to start over. For most people it would be the adventure of a lifetime, but Allan Karlsson's unexpected journey is not his first. For a century he's made the world uncertain, and now he is on the loose again. 
*This film screening is included in THEMUSEUM’s general admission*  
 
Wednesday April 6th, 2016: Film Screening: Wet Bum (2014) 
It's the start of the spring term in a small northern town, heralding swimming lessons, hanging out with best friends, new classes and new possibilities. But this year, things are different for 14-year-old Sam. While her friends are moving on, focusing on boys, experimenting with drugs, Sam is too uncomfortable to even take off her bathing suit in front of the other girls. After landing herself into trouble, she is forced to work as a cleaner at the retirement home run by her mother. Sam finds unexpected and unlikely friendships with two of the retirement home's residents who end up teaching Sam a few things about growing up and growing old.  
*This film screening is included in THEMUSEUM’s general admission*    
 
Sunday April 10th, 2016: Intersecting Dialogues: conversations, contested stories and the crafting of a narrative self, presented by Professor Michael Ackerman – Wilfrid University 
In the fall of 2015, the Wilfrid Laurier University English department and the Grand River Council on Aging initiated a pilot course on Life Writing that paired local seniors with students as they explored and documented aspects of their own life story. The projects and speakers featured here, highlight the dialogic aspect of how we produce and negotiate our “narrative selves.” Rather than simply “passing down” an official family history or experience…these are projects that talk back to history; that attempt to coax history to speak where there is familial silence; and that negotiate the gaps and fissures that exist between the “public” and “private” self. 
 
Wednesday April 13th, 2016: CARP AGM 
*This event is included in THEMUSEUM’s general admission* 
 
Sunday April 17th, 2016: What happens to memories as we age?, presented by Dr. Myra Fernandes, - Professor, Psychology, University of Waterloo 
What are the brain changes that accompany aging, and how do these impact our ability to think, communicate and remember? Are they inevitable?  Are there strategies to enhance memory? I will review evidence from cognitive studies, neuroimaging data, and studies of normal aging, that pinpoint critical processes, and brain regions, important for contextually-rich high-quality memories, or recollections, of the past. 
 
Wednesday April 20th, 2016: Film Screening: The Revera and Reel Youth Age is More Film Project 
The Revera and Reel Youth Age is More Film Project is an intergenerational partnership between Revera, a Canadian leader in seniors' accommodation, care and services, and Reel Youth, a charitable project that empowers youth to create engaging films about important social issues. The partnership was launched in 2013. Join us at THEMUSEUM as we screen some of the films as means to celebrate older Canadians through story-telling and film. 
 
Thursday April 21st, 2016 at 6:30pm: An Evening With Hazel McCallion, former Mayor of Mississauga and Revera’s first Chief Elder Officer – presented by Revera  
*Separate admission will apply*  
 
Sunday April 24th, 2016: It’s About the People… Seniors’ Perspective on Age-Friendly Communities, presented by Dr. John Lewis – University of Waterloo & Arlene Groh – Chair of featuring Harmony Interactive Theatre Troupe & Bluevale Collegiate Institute Drama Students 
The City of Waterloo is an age-friendly city, where people of all ages thrive and grow. This commitment to age friendliness was recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), which designated Waterloo among the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities in 2011.  Through drama featuring,  The Harmony Interactive Drama Troupe and the Bluevale Collegiate Institute drama students, and dialogue you will learn about  older adults lived experiences of aging in Waterloo, their understanding of an age-friendly community,  their experience of ageism and how Waterloo continues to build a city where people of all ages thrive and grow.   
 
Wednesday April 27th, 2016: A Whisky Masterclass 
Come join Andrew Campbell Walls WSET, Sales Manager and Brand Ambassador of Victoria Caledonian Distillery & Brewery for a night of whisky tasting. This event is being presented by THEMUSEUM and Companions of the Quaich – KWC Chapter. *Tickets for A Whisky Masterclass are $30, taxes included* 
 
Grandparent’s Thursdays: Every Thursday is Grandparent’s Thursday, presented by Investors Group! Grandparents receive free admission when accompanying their grandchild(ren) to THEMUSEUM. Infants (ages 0-2) are FREE! Children (ages 3-13) are $8.95+HST. On the Thursday’s listed, THEMUSEUM will be hosting some additional programming for adults to engage in. 
 
Thursday March 17th, 2016: It’s March Break at THEMUSEUM! Grandparents’ bring your grandchild(ren) and receive free admission to THEMUSEUM for Grandparent’s Thursdays. On Thursday March 17th, we will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in partnership with the IRL Festival. The IRL Festival will be celebrating Irish culture with a programmed day at THEMUSEUM. 
 
Thursday March 31st, 2016: OMA Session with Trinity Village: Participants from the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) Project from Trinity Village will be at THEMUSEUM on Thursday March 31st to create artwork inspired by THEMUSEUM’s Sol LeWitt. 
 
*Unless otherwise noted, dialogues are free to attend with a suggested $10.00 donation* 
 
For more information, please contact: David Marskell, CEO, THEMUSEUM David.Marskell@THEMUSEUM.ca 519-574-0291

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