Wonderful evening last Friday in Oakville, as the Sheridan College Elder Research Centre SERC celebrated its 10th anniversary. Pat Spadafora the Director of SERC is to be congratulated for the work that she and her “dream team” has done over this last decade in the form of research and community building, all focused on raising awareness on the subject of aging and longevity.
Kudos to Pat for bringing together an audience of some 300 people who filled the Macdonald Heaslip Hall to hear Alexandre Kalache, President of the International Longevity Centre in Brazil give his presentation on the many dimensions of the Longevity Revolution.
Well sponsored, well catered and well attended, I must say this delightful event was well worth every moment. And to sit and listen to Alex (as he was often referred to warmly) was entertaining and thought provoking as he shared with composure and humour, his compelling perspective on so many relevant levels of this wide ranging topic.
Even though I’ve been immersed in the topic of longevity and aging demographics through research and dialogue over the last decade or so, there are only so many people who can hold your attention, reinforce and synthesize the magnitude of thoughts in one clear presentation. Even more to the point for me, Kalache’s international insights were much appreciated.
So many take away ideas for at least six months of blog posts. Starting with the question as echoed by Roszak through Kalache – “what do we do with this gift of longevity?”