The 5th Annual ZoomerLife Conference: Exploring the Future of Aging and Longevity
Each October in Toronto, media pioneer and ZoomerMedia Limited Founder Moses Znaimer gathers the world’s most innovative and creative minds on topics related to Aging and Longevity for the groundbreaking ZoomerLife Conference.
A one-day event modeled on Moses’ prestigious ideacity conference, presenters have 17-minutes on stage to deliver their unscripted, spontaneous Talks. Extended schmooze breaks allow the audience to interact with the remarkable speaker roster about the issues, challenges and innovations that will shape the future of health, medicine and the potential of human achievement.
Previous speakers have included doctors, scientists, researchers, patients, athletes, authors, legal experts, journalists, magicians, advocates, caregivers, lobbyists, filmmakers, entertainers, and of course, centenarians.
2012 PRESENTERS INCLUDE:
CARRIE BARRON, MD and ALTON BARRON, MD
THE CREATIVITY CURE
In The Creativity Cure: A Do-It-Yourself Prescription for Happiness, husband-and-wife physicians Carrie and Alton Barron draw upon the latest psychological research, a combined 40 years of medical practice, and personal experience to reveal that creative action is integral to easing depression and anxiety and to fueling long-term happiness and well being. But too often, in our technology driven, fast-paced society, we neglect this need.
THE CURE FOR EVERYTHING: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness
Timothy Caulfield lost 25 pounds in 3 months. How? By ignoring bogus diet claims, expensive fitness programs and weird information that poses as scientific fact. The Cure for Everything! argues that the truth about being healthy is easy to find—but often hard to do. He exposes the special interests that twist good science about health and fitness in order to sell us services and products that mostly don’t work.
The Musical Comedy About Health Care in America
They’ve been featured on CNN Headline News and in The New York Times and will be making their Canadian debut performance! Written and performed by US physicians Greg LaGana (a retired internist) and Barry Levy (epidemiologist), Damaged Care is a musical comedy that highlights issues in health care, including the weakening of the doctor-patient relationship, the overuse of technology, the lack of emphasis on prevention, and the rise of “superbugs”.
PROFESSOR EMERITUS, GYNECOLOGY AND SURGERY, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Dr. Denny DePetrillo is a founding partner of CAREpath and past President and CEO. His reputation for leadership in the oncology field encompasses service as Head of Surgical Oncology at Princess Margaret Hospital, Coordinator of the Surgical Oncology Network for Cancer Care Ontario, and as the Vice President of Professional Affairs for Cancer Care International. As an in-demand reviewer of oncology programs around the world, he has extensive knowledge of international medicine, cultural diversity and stakeholder relationships.
DR. PAUL DORIAN
MATTERS OF THE HEART
What if you or a loved one is at risk for a heart-related condition that you don’t even know exists? This is often the case with atrial fibrillation, known more commonly as an irregular or rapid heartbeat. This chronic condition affects as many as 250,000 Canadians, yet a 2009 national survey conducted by Leger Marketing found that most people know very little about it. Dr. Paul Dorian, avid tennis player, triathlete, and Director of the Division of Cardiology at the University of Toronto, specializes in atrial fibrillation, and says we need to raise public awareness about this condition so people understand and recognize the risk factors and symptoms. His interest in the effects of exercise on heart rhythm disturbances is more than an intellectual curiosity — it’s a personal mission.
DR. MIKE EVANS
23 AND ½ HOURS
“My interest is engaging users and people with varied skills, particularly creative, and mushing them together with researchers to re-invent patient education.”
Dr. Mike Evans has started a medical school for the public (Mini-Med School @ U of T), written an award-winning kids book The Adventures of Medical Man, and is the syndicated house doctor for CBC weekend morning radio. In 2012 he was awarded the Gold Medal for Social Media at the Web Health Awards and he was selected by Zoomer magazine as one of the “Top 45 Canadians over 45”. His YouTube video “23 and ½ hours” has been seen by over 4 million people since it was posted in December, 2011.
From Downton Abbey to knitting circles, revivals for things past are everywhere. Dubbed “The Canadian Nightingale”, Patricia Hammond is a mezzo-soprano whose meltingly lyrical voice is as comfortable in Bach as it is in her beloved nostalgic songs. Her lifelong interest in Victorian, Edwardian, 1920s, 30s and 40s songs evoking a calmer, simpler world is celebrated in her 18-track CD Our Lovely Day, released in December 2011, which follows the buzz created by her appearance on BBC Radio 4′s Midweek singing “Love’s Old Sweet Song”. Patricia has been working with Music in Hospitals, Magic Me and Lost Chord for over a decade, trying out hundreds of songs in front of those who knew them first. The effect of these songs can be nothing short of miraculous, like the time a man in Wales suddenly started singing along to “Yours”, having not spoken a word for six years. Or the lady stroke victim who opened her eyes for the first time and formed her lips to the words “Always”.
Charlie Farquharson’s Vews + Mews on Yer News
Don is one of Canada’s most extraordinary comedic talents and October 2012 marked the 77th anniversary of his entertainment career! Best known for the character Charlie Farquharson /ˈfɑrkəsən/ portrayed in the series The Big Revue and his role in the country music show Hee Haw, he reprised the character on the Red Green Show. Harron also directed the 1956 television film Anne of Green Gables and wrote the lyrics for the long-running Anne of Green Gables – The Musical. This month he will publish Charlie Farquharson’s Vews + Mews on Yer News, his 15th book.
Physician-scientist and author of Deep Leadership, Joe MacInnis studies leadership in high-risk environments. He’s led 10 research expeditions under the ice of the Arctic Ocean, worked with marine scientists on the Titanic, spent time with astronauts who built the International Space Station, and interviewed Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. In 2012, MacInnis spent three months as the electronic journalist and team physician on James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge expedition. He’s delivered keynote presentations on leadership to IBM, Microsoft, General Electric, and the US Naval Academy. His research has earned him six honorary doctorates and the Order of Canada.
WORKING THE DEAD BEAT
Called the “Obit Queen of Canada”, award-winning journalist Sandra Martin has penned hundreds of perceptive, deeply researched and vividly written obituaries in The Globe and Mail including those for Pierre Berton, Jackie Burroughs, Ed Mirvish, June Callwood, Arthur Erickson, and Ken Thomson. Martin believes that obituaries are the building blocks of a country’s social and cultural history and that there is no such thing as an uninteresting life! Her recent book, Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives that changed Canada, is a unique collection of obituaries of the first decade of the twenty-first century. Her subjects — the famous, infamous, and unsung — all live on in the pages of this fascinating exploration of the history, culture and future of obituaries in a digital age.
THE LONG VIEW: An Elderwoman’s Book of Wisdom
Veteran journalist, United Church Observer contributor, and author of 12 non-fiction books including The Spirituality of Gardening and The Spirituality of Bread, Donna Sinclair’s latest novel is a collection of 365 daily meditations for people of all ages that nourish elder wisdom and inspire hope.
Artist, journalist, entrepreneur, and author, Alexander Tsiaras is also an award-winning internationally renowned self-taught mathematician and physicist who developed his own lenses that enabled the first photographs of human fertilization and the recording of the development of the fetus. The resulting images became cover stories for Life magazine. His images have been subsequently featured on over 120 covers of magazines such as Time, New York Times Magazine, Discover, Smithsonian, GEO, and the London Sunday Times Magazine. He is presently the Editor-in-Chief and CEO of TheVisualMD.com, a new health portal offering health information as a rich visual experience.
ZUMBA® FOR THE ZOOMER
CARP staffer and ZUMBA-Gold®-certified Diana Wight’s high energy “stretch-break” will keep attendees moving! The rhythms of this Latin-inspired dance fitness craze include Reggeaton, Cumbia, Salsa, Merengue, Tango, Rumba and Cha-Cha. In addition to her full-time position as CARP’s Affinity Relationship Manager, Diana teaches ZUMBA to the 45plus with the Toronto District School Board, and to her two children in the Big Brother, Big Sister Program!
Moses Znaimer Presents
THE 5th ANNUAL ZOOMERLIFE CONFERENCE ON AGING AND LONGEVITY
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West, Toronto
Breakfast and Registration: 8:30am – 9:30am
Conference: 9:30am to 5:45pm with reception to follow
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS:$389.00 + HST • CARP MEMBERS:$289.00 + HST
Full schedule at: www.zoomerlifeconference.ca/
Plus, don’t miss the 2012 SunLife Financial ZoomerShow! Canada’s largest consumer show and lifestyle expo for men and women 45+ is on its way to 4 Canadian cities over the next six months.
Here are the dates and links for more info:
ZoomerShow Toronto: October 27 & 28, 2012
ZoomerShow Vancouver: February 23 & 24, 2012
ZoomerShow Calgary: April 6 & 7, 2013 (site coming soon!)
ZoomerShow Ottawa: May 4 & 5, 2013 (site coming soon!)