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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Celebrating LIFE and Our Coming of Age 2015 – Celebrate 25 years of LIFE at Ryerson

LIFE 25th anniversary logoAs a gift to our members and all members of the community LIFE has partnered with Mount Sinai Hospital's Geriatric Department, Dr. Samir Sinha and The Chang School, Ryerson University to present a series of seminars on healthy ageing.

Celebrating LIFE and Our Coming of Age, is a lineup of five seminars with renowned experts in their field.

February 28
Dr. Samir Sinha
will address this question:
Is Toronto ready to meet our needs as we age?
A prominent panel discussion will be followed by a Q & A.

Dr Samir SinhaDr. Sinha is the Director of Geriatrics for Mount Sinai and University Health Network Hospitals and the Provincial Lead for Ontario’s Seniors Strategy
Mt Sinai Geriatrics Logo
LIFE members and the general public can register online using a credit card at https://celebratinglife-and-our-coming-of-age.eventbrite.ca

March 28
There is a Robot that Will Care for Me? How Technology Can Support our Ageing Population
Speaker: Dr. Geoff Fernie, Director, Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI)

This session will focus on technology advances that are being developed in Toronto that can be used to keep older adults in their homes longer while staying safe, active, and able to fulfil responsibilities. Dr. Fernie will highlight the revolution of technology that has changed the way we provide health care to older adults.

April 25
The Doctor Will See You Now….at Home
Speaker: Dr. Mark Nowaczynski, Clinical Director, House Calls Program

As the number of older Canadians climbs, so too will the ranks of older adults who become housebound and not able to access traditional office-based care. Dr. Nowaczynski, the founder of Toronto’s House Calls Program, and a gifted photographer and storyteller, explores the recent resurgence in the provision of house calls in Toronto through a photodocumentary that may provide you a telling glimpse into your future.

May 9
You Could Live a Long Life: Are You Ready?
Speaker: Lyndsay Green, Sociologist and Author of “You Could Live a Long Time: Are you Ready?” and “The Perfect Home for a Long Life: Housing Ourselves for the Future”

The elderly population is living longer than ever before. That is a good thing, right? In this session, Author Lyndsay Green offers practical advice that she has garnered from her research on how you can prepare for your so-called golden years now, so that you get as much satisfaction as possible from what may well be a long life.

June 20
How, Where, and When Would YOU Like to Die?
Speaker: Dr. Leah Steinberg, Clinical Lead, Palliative Care Consult Team, Mount Sinai Hospital

When it comes to end-of-life planning, the decisions involved can be overwhelming. In this session, Dr. Steinberg highlights the importance of advance thinking and planning surrounding end-of-life decisions, asking how, where, and when would you like to die? She will also review options available to all of us when we are dying.

Date: February 28, March 28, April 25, May 9 and June 20, 2015
Time: 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Ryerson Library Theatre, LIB72, 350 Victoria Street
Cost: $10.00
Proceeds from the $10 seminar ticket go to the LIFE Institute Jack Brown Award Fund as Bursaries for Ryerson Students committed to studies and activities designed to improve the life of seniors in the community at large
Contact: For additional information, please contact Stephanie Callan: Program Assistant, Mount Sinai Hospital, at , ext. 7674

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


An Exclusive Learning Adventure for LIFE Members
May 28 – June 04, 2015

Come and join your fellow LIFE members on this exclusive trip organised by LIFE Travels in conjunction with Road Scholar (formerly known as Elderhostel).

On this 8-day trip we’re going to get to know as much as possible about the artistic and cultural sides of two great US cities – Philadelphia and New York City. NYC probably needs no introduction.
Suffice it to say that we will include the Metropolitan Museum, the Lincoln Center, the New York City Ballet, the 42nd Street theater district and Broadway itself.

And Philadelphia? What does it have to offer?  Well, there are the 3,600 murals of the Mural Arts Project, the Barnes Collection with all of its French Impressionist works, the Rodin Museum (possibly the best collection outside Paris), not to mention Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
In addition, we include 3 major shows, Stephen Sondheim in Philly, and the ballet and a new Broadway musical in NYC. Also the expert lectures for which Road Scholar is famous – to help us appreciate even more what we are seeing.

So, grasp this opportunity to immerse yourself in art and culture, to experience two great cities, to eat great food, and to share all this with fellow LIFE members, both those you already know and those who are potential friends in the future.

The cost is $2,095 (US). This includes 7 nights’ accommodation, 17 meals, 5 expert lectures, 9 field trips, etc. What more could you ask?

To find out more, click on THE IMAGES BELOW for a brochure with full details of the trip and to learn how to register. (If you find it hard to read, please contact the LIFE Office
and they will email to you a PDF which will be easier to read)

A hint about travel:
You will note that the published price does not include transportation from and to Toronto. That’s because we wanted to give you as many options as possible. One hint, though. If you fly to and from Newark (EWR), you can take the train between Newark and Philadelphia (63 minutes) and between NYC and Newark (28 minutes). This is not an ad for Porter, but they do fly to EWR out of Billy Bishop, and they do have lots of sales.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014



Sex, Lies, and Exercise! It’s life in the city at its evocative best. Don’t miss
these 3 one-act plays written, directed, and performed by STUDIO members
+ 2 comedic monologues performed by STUDIO members, for as little as $12.

'Spin' by Richard Ellen, directed by Sue Foster
Novel ideas, preconceived notions….as the world spins

'Glory in Don Mills' by Clive Randewich, directed by Vrenia Ivonoffski
A cautionary tale that blows the lid off the ‘burbs’

'I Don’t Want You Dead' by Neil Naft, directed by Neil Naft
Two people search for the meaning of a line about two people searching for the
meaning of a line about two people searching for...

ADDED TREAT: 'Life is Funny' ~ 2 short solo performances
Marriage advice to aspiring couples
How not to ask for help after running someone over

Palmerston Library Theatre
560 Palmerston Ave., Toronto (near the Bloor/Bathurst Subway)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8 at 1:30 p.m.

ACT II STUDIO members: $12; General Admission: $14

To purchase tickets, visit www.act2studio.ca and click the online
ticket tab or the link in URBAN MOODS SHOWCASE 2014 item.

ACT 2 STUDIO WORKS, Inc. is the production and touring company of the The Estelle Craig
ACT II STUDIO, one of the Programs 50+ the G.Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education,
Ryerson University. ACT II STUDIO is a theatre program for older adults offering courses in all
aspects of the dramatic arts. It is an accredited member of the Toronto Association of Acting
Studios (T.A.A.S.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

LIFETravels: What We're Working on for 2015

The LIFE Travels Committee is working on a number of trips for 2015, and we’d like to bring you up-to-date on the plans.

Please note that all of these trips are under negotiation. We’re hoping that all of them will go, but at this point there are no guarantees. But do pencil in the approximate dates!

In the second half of March we’re negotiating a trip to Costa Rica for 15 days or so. This will have a combination of hiking and relaxing, including time at a hot springs resort. We will visit a number of the national parks for which Costa Rica is justly famous, as well as volcanoes and a cloud forest. We should have details of this one within the next month.

Next, we hope to have a 10-day visit to Bruges in late April. Bruges is possibly the best preserved medieval town in Europe, and we’ll have time to explore it thoroughly. While there, we will also see the best of Flanders, including its Canadian connections.

Another trip, maybe in May, would be to New York City for 6 days or so. One possibility is that this may have an emphasis on art.

In late August / early September it’s a 2-week exploration of the Canadian Maritimes with their spectacular coastlines, picturesque villages and distinctive culture, including the Bay of Fundy, Anne of Green Gables, and of course the Cabot Trail.

And for November we’re working on a trip of 21 days or so to Vietnam and Cambodia. This would include Hanoi, Halong, Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong, and Angkor Wat.

In addition, we may also include one or two shorter, more local trips during 2015.

Thinking way ahead to early 2016, we’re looking at the possibility of going back to Cuba for 10 days or so in Feb/March, as well as repeating our recent highly successful trip to China (22 or 24 days).

Still to come in 2014:

NEW!  There will be a 3-day bus trip to Southwestern Ontario which will include birding and nature walks, Pelee Island Winery, Pelee National Park, archaeological and cultural sites, and a black history museum. Full details and costs will be available very soon. Dates are September 15-17.

Please note: The LIFE Travels to Sicily trip in October is now full.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

LIFE Travels to WASHINGTON D.C.; May 25 - 30, 2014

An Exclusive Educational Adventure for LIFE Members

Program # 2833NP – Discover Washington, D.C.: The Nation’s Capital
Sunday, May 25 to Friday, May 30, 2014

The first 2 LIFE Travels trips in 2014 have sold out. Because numbers are limited on this trip, we strongly suggest that you sign up as soon as possible to make sure of your place. There will be an initial cut-off at the end of next month (February 28th).

LIFE Travels is running this trip in conjunction with Road Scholar (formerly known as Elderhostel). This is an organization with a top-class reputation for educational travel for people such as LIFE members. Please take note of the educational elements included in the program, such as the many lectures.

Because Road Scholar is based in Boston & the trip is in the US, prices are quoted in US dollars. Also, the price quoted is land only because LIFE members have so many different ways of getting to Washington (e.g. Porter from the Island airport, Air Canada from Pearson, stopover somewhere to visit family) and also the possibility of using points. Current fares for those dates including taxes are $332 on Air Canada and $365 on Porter, but these often vary from day to day.

Program Overview:

Enter the invigorating political and cultural scene of America’s capital as knowledgeable instructors share an insider’s look at the memorials and fascinating neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. During specially arranged meetings with members of Congress or staff (as available) and seminars with Washington insiders, discuss history and learn about public policy with a fresh perspective. Delight in an introduction to Washington’s cultural life as local experts lead you to many of the city’s renowned museums and eclectic eateries.

Program Highlights:

• Discuss international relations with experts, then go inside a Washington, D.C., embassy to add context.
• Meet members of Congress on Capitol Hill and visit the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress.
• Deepen your insights with walks to Washington highlights and monuments, and enjoy an evening performance in a local theater.

Program Price:

• Double Occupancy: $1,199 US
• Single Occupancy: $1,674 US

Program Price Includes:

• 5 nights of accommodations
• 12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
• 7 Expert-led lectures
• 9 Field trips
• 1 Hands-on experiences
• 1 Performance
• Group travel and transfers throughout the program
• A Group Leader to accompany you through the program to handle all logistics
• Modest gratuities, taxes and destination fees
• The Road Scholar Emergency and Travel Assistance Plan, including 24-hour assistance for medical and other emergencies


Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport: Virginia, 5 nights
• The Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport, Arlington, just 1 mile from the Reagan National Airport, is within walking distance of many attractions such as the Crystal City Metro Station and 1 mile away from the Pentagon. The Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport is also within a couple of miles of all Washington, D.C. attractions

Daily Schedule:

  • Sunday, May 25: Registration/Dinner and Orientation
Arrive To: Registration materials will be provided upon check in at the hotel.
Dinner: Dinner at the hotel will be followed by a staff led orientation of the program and Washington, D.C.
  • Monday, May 26: Seminar/Jefferson Memorial/Kennedy Center Tour/Embassy Visit/White House neighborhood
Breakfast: A buffet will be served at the hotel.
Morning: A seminar (possible topics include the media, international relations, current issues and the judiciary) will be followed by visit to Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
Lunch: Lunch at KC Cafe, the John F. Kennedy Center's rooftop cafe.
Afternoon: Visit to an embassy in Washington DC. .Exploration of memorial along the National Mall.
Dinner: Dinner will be at a Southern themed restaurant in the hotel neighborhood.
Evening: Exploration of the White House Neighborhood.
  • Tuesday, May 27: Policy Seminar/Lincoln Memorial/National Gallery of Art/Free Evening
Breakfast: A buffet will be provided at the hotel.
Morning: A seminar (possible topics include the media, international relations, current issues and the judiciary) will be followed by visit to Abraham Lincoln Memorial.
Lunch: Lunch at the National Gallery of Art's Cascafe Cafe.
Afternoon: Explore the National Gallery of Art's collections. The West Building contains more traditional art while the East Building speaks to all that is modern.
Dinner: You are on your own for dinner this evening. Our staff can make suggestions in the hotel neighborhood or downtown.
  • Wednesday, May 28: U.S. Capitol/Congressional Meetings/Library of Congress/Supreme Court
Breakfast: Breakfast will be a buffet at the hotel.
Morning: An orientation to Capitol Hill will be followed by visits to the Capitol and the Library of Congress.
Lunch: Lunch will be on your own on Capitol Hill.
Afternoon: Sit in the Supreme Court and hear about its history and traditions. Meetings with Representatives (or their staff) can be arranged on your behalf. A Smithsonian Museum option will be offered.
Dinner: Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant in Arlington DC or Washington DC.
Evening: After a long day on Capitol Hill or at the Smithsonian, enjoy some time on your own or a brief visit to a memorial.
  • Thursday, May 29: Politics Seminar/FDR Memorial/MLK Memorial /Smithsonian/Theatre
Breakfast: A breakfast buffet will be served at the hotel.
Morning: A seminar on a current political issue is followed by a visit to the FDR and MLK memorials.
Lunch: Lunch will be at one of the Smithsonian museum cafes.
Afternoon: Free time will be provided for exploration of two Smithsonian Institution Museums.
Dinner: Tonight, group will dine at a neighborhood bistro famous for its wood fired grill.
Evening: Enjoy a live performance at a local theater (Arena Stage, National Theater, Ford's Theatre, Signature Theater) on your final night in the nation's capital.
  • Friday, May 30: Seminar and Departure
Breakfast: A breakfast buffet will be provided at the hotel.
Morning: A seminar at the hotel will be followed by closing remarks. Check out is generally 12 PM, but luggage storage is available if your departure is later in the day.

To enroll in this exclusive program, please call Road Scholar toll free at  (800) 322-5315, reference Program # 2833NP – Discover Washington, D.C.: The Nation’s Capital starting on Sunday, May 25, 2014 and tell them that you are a
LIFE member or travelling with a LIFE member.