Aging is a Reward, Not a Punishment: a panel session

Friday October 1, 2021
1:00 – 2:15 pm via Zoom

The United Nations Decade of Healthy Aging (2021-2030) is a global collaboration that brings together governments, organizations, professionals, academics, the private sector and the media to improve the lives of older individuals, their families, and the communities in which they live. The Decade will focus on four areas: combatting ageism; creating age-friendly environments; ensuring the provision of integrated care; and ensuring the provision of long term care. In recognition of the 2021 International Day of Older Persons, the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health at UVic and the Eldercare Foundation will be presenting Aging is a Reward, Not a Punishment, a panel session focusing on the positive aspects of growing older, combatting ageism, supporting resilience, and building healthy age-friendly communities.


Dr. Andrew Wister is the Director of the Gerontology Research Centre and a Professor in the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. In addition, he is the Locally Responsible Investigator for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging at Simon Fraser University, and an Affiliate of the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health at UVic. Dr. Wister is an internationally recognized authority on aging research, issues, and policies. His research interests include the collection and analyses of health and social data, multi-morbidity resilience and aging, environmental adaptation among older adults, and life-course trends and transitions.

Jodi Mucha is the Executive Director of BC Healthy Communities, a non-profit organization which helps communities to support their citizens to be healthy and well. Jodi holds a Masters in Environment and Management, and has over 20 years community development experience at both the local and international levels. She has a strong background in engagement and leadership, community change and practice-based research. She provides expertise in multi-sectoral collaboration and partnerships, the healthy communities approach and practical approaches to understanding the links between the determinants of health.

Louise Rolland is a Medicine Woman, Integrative Energy Practitioner, End of Life Doula and Health Coach who has studied and practiced the art of healing for over 25 years. She is a Program Coordinator with Self-Management BC and a Director for the Heart Center Foundation which provides education and support for those who are experiencing or are curious about grief and loss. Louise’s soul purpose is to encourage, inspire and share her skills and knowledge with others on their life’s journey. Currently, she is developing a retreat for those wanting to connect with nature, reflect, rejuvenate, or prepare for their final journey home.

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