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Aging and Cognition

Aging, emotion, and memory: Using a speeded word fragment completion task, Yang and Hasher (2011) revealed an arousal-based…
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Culture and Memory

Culture, aging, and memory: In a series of studies conducted in collaboration with my colleagues in China, I…
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Get Psyched! Engaging with Aging and Psychology

50+festival picture

This year the fourth annual Get Psyched! Engaging with Aging and Psychology event was held on June 2nd, 2016 at Ryerson University as part of the Chang School’s 50+ Festival. This free event consisted of talks in the morning on decision making in old age and challenges faced by informal caregivers, followed by conversation sessions in the afternoon on particular topics in aging research including meditation and mindfulness, healthy sleep habits, and social engagement on the internet. To see the official event poster and get information on future events click here,

Ipod Drive

Alive Inside documentary follows Dan Cohen, a social worker who tries to bring personalized music to nursing homes after discovering its ability to awaken deeply-locked memories in people with dementia. Inspired by the Alive Inside documentary, the Ryerson campus iPod Drive was organized from September 16th to 20th, 2013 to support the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s Music & Memory iPod Project.

Toronto Public Library Talks

CAL members, primarily graduate students and RAs, have presented at five Toronto public libraries: Deer Branch, Goldhawk Park, Annette Street, Spadina Road, and the Toronto Reference Library, to promote healthy aging. Their most recent talk on January 31st, 2012, at the Toronto Reference Library attracted an audience of over 160 people! CAL was invited to participate in the Toronto Reference Library event: Boomers and Beyond: Explore & Engage! This event showcased organizations that support and offer opportunities for engaged living for older adults. It was held on Friday, October 26, 2012.