Rethinking Aging: FREE Workshops Starting in September

Rethinking Aging Workshop Series being made free across Ontario

‘To Thrive Together Sustainable Living’ is pleased to announce that it has received funding under the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program for its Rethinking Aging Workshop Series. The funds will be used to make the workshops available FREE to all 55+ residents of Ontario living independently in their communities. This federal grants and contributions program supports projects that are led or inspired by seniors who are making a difference in the lives of others in their communities.

Can changing the way you think about aging change the way you age?

It might sound like wishful thinking; however, recent scientific research reveals that our beliefs about ‘getting old’ have a profound effect on our aging trajectory. Stereotypes of ‘being old,’ embedded in our brains in childhood, come back to life as we age. Not only can they influence mental and emotional health, but our body’s physical aging processes as well. The good news is that disproving those negative stereotypes of aging has the potential to improve both cognitive and physical health in older adults.

“Rethinking aging begins with questioning our personal beliefs about growing old in light of recent scientific evidence. We must embrace our aging as an exciting new opportunity for growth and learning. Only then can we change the way society sees older adults. If we believe in ourselves, others will believe in us.”

– Jill Simpson

This virtual 6-week course brings seniors together from across Ontario for a much-needed dialogue about what it ‘actually’ means to ‘age well.’ Engaging and enlightening, the workshops examine the validity of our beliefs and fears of growing old. They explore new perspectives on aging, recent scientific discoveries about the aging process and glean valuable insights from aging in other cultures. Applying these lessons to their own lives, participants develop a rest-of-life plan for a dignified, purposeful and fulfilling aging future.

Introductory video: https://youtu.be/2gdZ_3M0mX0

Sessions will be offered on different days and at different times as follows:

Session #2203: Tuesdays, 1.00 – 2.30pm. Starts September 20th

Session #2204: Tuesdays, 6.30 – 8.00pm. Starts September 20th

Session #2205: Thursdays, 9.30 – 1100am. Starts September 22nd

Session #2206: Wednesdays, 1.00 – 2.30pm. Starts September 28th

Session #2207: Tuesdays, 1.00 – 2.30pm. Starts November 1st

Session #2208: Thursdays, 9.30 – 1100am. Starts November 3rd

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A DROP-IN PROGRAM

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend regularly for the six parts as content builds from week to week. Should participants need to be away for an appointment, etc., they may join a session on different day that week so as not to miss out on any important information. Participants will receive supplementary materials during the week to further inform their exploration of the topics.

PLEASE NOTE: The Rethinking Aging Workshop Series has been developed and is copyrighted by To Thrive Together Sustainable Living, a not-for-profit organization. WE ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH any retirement home, assisted-living, nursing home, or long-term-care facility nor with any faith-based organizations. We invite all races, religions, colours and sexual orientations to take part equally in this program believing diversity truly enriches us all.

MORE ABOUT TO THRIVE TOGETHER SUSTAINABLE LIVING

WEBSITE: https://tothrivetogether.org

YOUTUBE:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4wiz7TkcOkAGbvBzFyHWCg

To register email: rethinkingagingnow@gmail.com

For more information please contact: Jill Simpson 1-519-998-3024 or at the above email address