In Ontario, June is all about seniors.  Each year Ontario celebrates seniors, and the contributions that they make within our communities. This year is the 31st annual senior’s month, and the theme is Vibrant Seniors, Vibrant Communities.  

Events are hosted all month long to celebrate and recognize seniors. One such event is the  50+ Festival, presented by Programs for 50+ at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. The event will run from Monday, June 1, through Thursday, June 4. The event will engage older adults interested in personal growth and continued learning.

Ryerson provided the following information about the 50+ Festival:

  • “The 50+ Festival was developed to provide a forum to better understand what aging means today and to highlight the continuous 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 10 or 15 years ago, so it is important that we consider the economic, social, and cultural ripples of these changes.”
  • The Honourable Mario Sergio, Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs, will officially open the festival on Monday, June 1, by announcing Senior’s Month in Ontario. The festival will host a dynamic series of events that will invite participants to examine vibrant aging and reinvention. From a presentation on finding purpose, passion and perspective in aging to workshops on mindfulness and psychology, to a play about sexual awakening in later life, the festival will cover a wide variety of topics related to healthy aging for older adults. “Lifelong learning is the cornerstone of our programming,” says Dr. 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.” Take a moment and pause to engage and celebrate the older adults in your life and community this month!

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