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UBC Research Focus Group | Jan 30


Focus Groups for Breaking Barriers: Empowering Primary Care Providers to be Instigators of Change in Hearing Health Care Practice

The Breaking Barriers research team is inviting you to take part in an online focus group, where your input will help us find ways to improve the hearing healthcare journey for British Columbians. Our project is co-led by researchers from the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences and the Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility.

Why is this important?:
Hearing loss ranks third worldwide in disability-related loss of years of health and is one of the most significant contributors to the global burden of disease. Untreated hearing loss affects communication and healthrelated quality of life and is linked to social isolation, greater risk of falls, and reduced financial security. Up to 65% of adults in BC age 60+ will develop hearing loss. Fewer than 1/4 of these adults use hearing health care, with most delaying treatment. 

Why are we doing this study?:
Through focus groups, we aim to obtain input from primary care providers (PCPs), hearing healthcare providers, and older adults with hearing concerns or their caregivers, about recommendations for PCP messages and practices. We hope this information will help to empower PCPs in B.C. to be key instigators for increased, timely uptake of hearing health care by individuals with hearing concerns.

What happens if you say, “Yes, I want to be in the study?”:
If you choose to participate in this study, you will be asked to join an online Zoom focus group that will be facilitated by members of the Breaking Barriers research team. In this focus group, you will be asked to share ideas about ways that PCPs can support patients to pursue and receive hearing healthcare. This group discussion session will last about two hours.

Who can take part?: Those eligible to take part in this focus group must be B.C. residents who are one of the

  1. Primary care providers (General Practitioners, Family Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Primary Care Registered Nurses), or a recent retiree from the primary care field
  2. Hearing healthcare providers (Audiologists, Hearing Instrument Practitioners)
  3. Adults aged 50 years and older who have personal experience expressing a hearing concern with a PCP within the last 5 years or their informal caregivers, including family or friends, who have directly supported others with hearing concerns.

Will you be paid for your time?:
As a token of our appreciation, we are offering a $50 gift card for taking part in the focus group.

How do I join the focus group or get further details?:
If you have any questions for the research team, or would like to take part in the focus group, contact Craig at  

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 - 5:00pm
Vancouver, BC V6S 0A5
Webinar event dates

AROHE Webinar Series | Jan 30

A New Webinar Series on Life as a Retiree

The UBC Emeritus College is pleased to announce a newly developed series of three webinars tailored for university academics who have retired more recently and for those approaching retirement. The sessions will explore the social, psychological and emotional dimensions of pre-and post-retirement.

The series, developed by AROHE*, is open to all members of the UBC Emeritus College, is free of charge and will be recorded for later viewing.  It will feature prominent speakers from Canada (Dr. Michelle Pannor Silver) and the US (Dr. Stacey Gordon) who specialize in the realm of retirement within academia.  

The first webinar, Reframing Your Identity: Habits of Highly Successful Retired People takes place on January 30, 2024 at 10-11:15 am PST. Click here to view the video preview 

For more details on the seminars or to register visit (

The webinars are hosted by AROHE*, the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (UBC Emeritus College is a member). They are supported financially by Fidelity who will not have access to registrants’ names, email addresses or solicit business.

Inquiries may be directed to  Chair, Transitions to Retirement Committee, UBC Emeritus College.   

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 - 10:00am
Vancouver, BC V6S 0A5
UBC Rose Garden

Vancouver Institute Lecture | Jan 27

Max Wyman

with Mr. Max Wyman, OC, Author and arts policy consultant

Mr. Wyman is one of Canada’s foremost cultural commentators. For more than three decades he wrote arts criticism for The Vancouver Sun and CBC Radio. Mr. Wyman is the author of a number of books, among them Dance Canada: An Illustrated History(1989), The Defiant Imagination: Why Culture Matters (2009), and its sequel The Compassionate Imagination: How the Arts Are Central to a Functioning Democracy(2023), as well as several biographies. He is currently working on a memoir. Mr. Wyman is a former member of the board of the Canada Council for the Arts, and a former President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. For his services to the arts he has received multiple awards, including the Queen’s 25th, 50th and 60th Jubilee Medals, and the 125th Anniversary of Canada Medal.

More Information

Saturday, 27 January 2024 - 8:15pm
P. A. Woodward Instructional Resources Centre
2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 2A1
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Travel Group | Jan 25

South West USA in April/May: Golf, flora, fauna and natural wonders
with Rick Stokes, Associate Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics

After a long drive from Vancouver to Palm Desert, CA we joined friends at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club for 10 days of golf, horse trekking and sightseeing including the Salton Sea and Joshua Tree National Park.  We then made our way to Page AZ to visit the Antelope Slot Canyons and Horseshoe Bend.  Then onto Monument Valley and Mystery Valley on the AZ - UT state line.   Next, we travelled north to Moab UT to visit Arches National Park, Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point.  Although all these sights were “touristy”, we were pleasantly surprised with our experiences at all the places we visited and were amazed by the spectacular scenery.  Somewhat exhausted, we finally drove back home via OR and WA.  I will show photos of some of the animals, plants and geological wonders we saw on our travels.

Format: Zoom
If you wish to receive the zoom link for the meeting and are not already on the EC Travel group list, please contact Paul Steinbok at

Watch the Recording

Thursday, 25 January 2024 - 3:00pm
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
General Meeting poster

General Meeting | Jan 24

Join us For a Special General Meeting with Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon.

1:00 pm Coffee and tea
1:45 pm Lecture with Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon
2:15 pm Q&A


Ponderosa Commons Ballroom, located in Oak House
Enter across from Harvest Market and continue to lower level
Stairs and elevator available
6445 University Blvd
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2

Parking: The closest parking is either UBC West Parkade (2140 Lower Mall) or Fraser River Parkade (6440 Memorial Rd).

Please note this is an in-person event. A recording will be made available on the Emeritus College YouTube page after the event but there will be no hybrid option.

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Wednesday, 24 January 2024 - 1:00pm
Ponderosa Commons Ballroom
6445 University Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Photo Group

Photo Group | Jan 19

Theme: "Flights of Fancy"

As always, you can send photos on other themes, and the photos can be recent (preferred!) or from your catalog. 

Please send two photos to Richard Spencer on this theme (or your choice) before the meeting.

If you would like to join, please contact Richard Spencer at for Zoom details

Check out the Photo Group’s Flickr account to view photos from their last meeting.

Friday, 19 January 2024 - 3:00pm
Online and In-Person
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2