Upcoming Events

E.g., Jun 9, 2023

Ink Dance poster

UBC Asian Library Exhibition | to June 10

Ink Dance – Yim Tse: A Half Century of Calligraphy 墨舞

The UBC Asian Library is pleased to support the Canadian Society for Asian Arts on the presentation of the Ink Dance exhibit. The exhibit features works by the late master calligrapher Yim Tse (謝琰), who worked with the UBC Asian Library for over 30 years as the Chinese Language Librarian until his retirement in 1999.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Asian Library will be displaying collections featuring a broad array of Asian calligraphic traditions, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Tibetan and South Asian works. The Asian Library display will be viewable during library open hours.

When: May 13 to June 10, 2023
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 3pm
Where: UBC Asian Centre

More Information

Saturday, 10 June 2023 - 3:00pm
Asian Centre
1871 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
A field in Slovenia with sheep in the foreground and a great house in the background

Travel Group | June 15

Slovenia: A land of resilience.
with Barbara Bernhardt, Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Audiology and Speech Sciences and Joseph Stemberger, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics

Over the last couple of decades, we have been privileged to make several trips to Slovenia, where Joe has family ties and we both have academic collaborators. From our first visits there, it felt like we were in ‘old Europe’, where changes wrought by the influence of North American culture were less visible than elsewhere. Although only having 2 million inhabitants, Slovenia's south Slavic language and culture have survived centuries of domination. Using photos, video, and narration, we will journey from Joe’s family village of Jablanica (Ya-blan-tsa) to the western and eastern corners of Slovenia, a country of fields, mountains, small towns and villages. Our presentation will be an introductory guide to the geography, history and culture of this small EU nation. Although regretfully not able to share specialties through Zoom such as ‘potica' (po-TEE-tsa), ‘krofi' (Mardi Gras ‘donuts’) and slivovka (Slee-Vo-Ka), we can make a couple of recipes available for those with a culinary bent. 

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 psteinbok@cw.bc.ca.

A zoom link will be sent out before each meeting.

Thursday, 15 June 2023 - 3:00pm
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Event poster for Dr. Ryan Falck Lecture

Healthy Aging Research Seminar | June 21

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the 24-Hour Activity Cycle and Healthy Cognitive Aging
with Dr. Ryan Falck, postdoctoral fellow in the School of Biomedical Engineering at UBC

With one new case of dementia detected every 3 seconds, and no effective pharmaceutical cure yet available, we urgently need to identify lifestyle strategies which can reduce dementia risk. Physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep are three behaviours which we all engage in daily and make up most of our 24-hour day (hence, the 24-hour activity cycle). Each of these behaviours are independently associated with cognitive health. However, most research has treated these behaviours as isolated with very little consideration for how people live each day (e.g., poor sleep likely impacts physical activity and vice versa). This seminar will discuss the growing evidence surrounding how the 24-hour activity cycle shares an interactive relationship with older adult cognitive health, practical applications of our current knowledge for clinical populations, and the meaning of life (the answer is of course 42).

Dr. Ryan Stanley Falck is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of British Columbia – Vancouver. As a Michael Smith Health Research BC postdoctoral fellow trainee, his research examines how the 24-hour activity cycle (i.e., physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep) impacts cognitive health and risk for dementia. His research also examines how different lifestyle factors (e.g., exercise training, pet ownership, etc.) can impact physical, mental, and cognitive health. He uses a combination of 1) innovative methodologies for observing physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep; 2) state-of-the-art structural and functional neuroimaging analyses for exploring the effects of these behaviours on brain health; and 3) novel analytic approaches (e.g., artificial intelligence and machine learning) for exploring how physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep are related to cognitive health. Outside of work, he can usually be found running with his dog Buddy.

This lecture may be viewed in-person at the Rudy North Lecture Theatre in the Centre for Brain Health at UBC or over Zoom.

Register Here

Wednesday, 21 June 2023 - 11:00am
Zoom or Rudy North Lecture Theatre
Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
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Healthy Aging Public Lecture Series | June 27

The Role of the Neighborhood Built Environment on Outdoor Mobility of People Living with Dementia
with Dr. Habib Chaudhury, Chair and Professor of the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University

Dementia-friendly communities (DFCs) aim to foster a supportive, inclusive and empowering environment that promotes equal rights and resources for people living with dementia and their care partners. Central to DFCs is promoting access and navigation of outdoor spaces and destinations in the neighbourhood. The “Dementia-inclusive Spaces for Community Access, Participation, and Engagement (DemSCAPE)” study aims to identify spatial and temporal patterns in activities undertaken outside home by people living with dementia, and ways in which the neighbourhood built environment affects their outdoor mobility and social participation. We engaged with 32 participants living with mild to moderate dementia or mild cognitive impairment in Metro Vancouver, and Prince George, British Columbia. Findings shed light on how people living with dementia understand and navigate the neighbourhood environment, and features that prompt recall of routes, places, and events, and support orientation and wayfinding. The study offers planners and designers awareness and insights into the lived experience of navigating the neighbourhood environment with the condition of dementia and guidance on adopting a dementia-friendly and inclusive approach in policy and practice.

Dr. Habib Chaudhury, Chair and Professor in the Department of Gerontology, Simon Fraser University has extensive research experience in the field of Environmental Gerontology. He conducts research in the following areas: role of physical environment for people with dementia in long-term care facilities, community planning and urban design for active aging, and dementia-friendly/inclusive communities. Dr. Chaudhury also offers evidence-based consulting with national and international organizations in planning and design of seniors’ housing and long-term care facilities. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia at the University of British Columbia. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Aging and Environment, and is a member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aging Advisory Board and the federal Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia.

This lecture may be viewed in-person at UBC Robson Square or over Zoom.

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Tuesday, 27 June 2023 - 6:00pm
Zoom or UBC Robson Square
Room C485, Robson Square
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Photo Group

Photo Group | Sept 8

Theme: "water"

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 richard@rhspencer.ca for Zoom details

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

Friday, 8 September 2023 - 3:00pm
Zoom online by request
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
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Association of Dalhousie Retirees and Pensioners Lecture | Sep 13

Are You Living Your Best Retirement Life?

with Dr. Sue Hutchinson, Adjunct Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies, School of Health and Human Performance, and Dr. Susan Holmes, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Overview of the session: (a) Consider key domains of life that are important for a healthy, fulfilled life in retirement; (b) Assess your level of success in relation to each of these important life domains; (c) Hear advice from researchers and other retirees about strategies to live your best life in retirement; and (d) Learn of opportunities for in-depth lifestyle planning during retirement. 

This event is an invitation from Association of Dalhousie Retirees and Pensioners ( ADRP). For further information about this free session & registration:  Contact Dr. Sue Hutchinson theretiredyou@gmail.com

Wednesday, 13 September 2023 - 12:00pm
Halifax, NS B3H4R2