Sheridan President’s Challenge on Creative Aging: Designing Communities engages students and faculty

Sheridan students try out the Oldify App

The President’s Challenge on Creative Aging: Designing Communities For All Ages  recently kicked off at Sheridan’s four campuses, introducing students to the effects of aging and challenging them to engage their skills and develop creative projects to assist with the aging process.

Sponsored in part by The Sheridan Elder Research Centre (SERC), the objective of the multi-campus Sheridan kick-off is to give faces to the Challenge and provide information about how to become involved in The Creative Aging Project to students and to Sheridan Faculty and staff.

Pat Spadafora, Director, SERC, speaks to students about engaging in designing creative projects.

By 2016, for the first time in history, adults 65+ will account for a larger share of the population than children aged 0-14. This demographic shift, its speed and its societal and economic implications are unprecedented.  At Sheridan, we have defined creative aging as being “about possibilities, freeing ourselves of limiting beliefs about aging and embracing the reality that individuals continue to grow, learn and contribute to their communities throughout the life journey. ”

Members of the organizing committee, along with representatives from SERC engage Sheridan students in conversations about aging. The activity that has generated the most excitement is having students take their pictures with an i-Pad using the Oldify App, to see what they will look like in 20 years from now. Students have their picture emailed to them, and then at that point they can choose to load it up to our Facebook page.

“This experience has really hit home to the students that they too, are going to age, so it is the responsibility of all of us to ensure programs, housing, products, are put in place so we can all be as successful as we want to be … for as long as we want to be,” said Maureen Garbutt, Professor, Sheridan Faculty of Business.

Faculty and SERC mentors will be handing out cards with information about the President’s Challenge and speaking to students about how they can get involved at Creative Aging: Designing Communities For All Ages. Students to get involved, by going to the website and signing up.  Any Faculty, Administrator, Support Staff, Business can also become mentors to The President’s Challenge by signing up on the website.[slideshow]

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