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A Safe Room with a View: Housing Options for Seniors in the Age of Pandemics

The first Academy forum of 2021 provided a timely and informative discussion of options and considerations for seniors housing.  In an interactive discussion Ian Darragh interviewed panelists Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, Josh Matlow, City Councillor for Toronto-St. Paul’s, and Sue Lantz, MPA, Managing Director of Collaborative Aging. Panelists noted that while 8% of…

Academy Forum : A Safe Room with a View: Housing Options for Seniors in the Age of Pandemics

Panel discussion moderated by Ian Darragh, featuring: Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization; lawyer, author and elder rights advocate. Josh Matlow, City Councillor for Toronto-St. Paul’s; appointed Toronto’s Seniors Advocate in 2016 to champion policies that promote an accessible, age-friendly city. Sue Lantz, MPA, Managing Director of Collaborative Aging, a…

Reliable Research Confirms That Older Adults Who Volunteer Enjoy Higher Levels of Well-being, Enhanced Physical Capacity and Greater Life Satisfaction

Now is the time to test this research yourself, and, as an added benefit, get to know members from different workshops.

The Academy has a unique governing style. We have no paid staff but rely completely on member volunteers to facilitate workshops and serve on the committees that keep our Academy running smoothly. Since committee membership is limited to two – three years, this is the time of year when we look for new volunteers.

Remembering Alexander (Sandy) Macpherson

The Academy lost another of its long-standing members, and a past President, when Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Macpherson died on 12 October following a brief illness.  He was a physician who trained in psychiatry and epidemiology, and became Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health in 1981. He served in that position during the early years of the…

Remembering Nancy Russell

photo courtesy of Havergal College 2019 Nancy was unique, a free spirit, intrepid traveler, passionate activist, knowledgeable conversationalist, devoted to her family, gracious host and kind, loyal friend to many. In the Academy we will remember her active participation over many years, as a facilitator, Board member and engaged member of a wide ranging selection…

Reporting from the Trails – Academy Walk – October 13

On the day after Thanksgiving, thirteen of us  were very grateful for the absolutely perfect Fall morning that greeted us for what turned out to be a  gorgeous 3-hour walk.  From our St. Clair meet-up, heading down the beautiful Avoca trail, crossing Mt. Pleasant Blvd then continuing along the Beltline Trail along Mud Creek  to…

Welcome to the Fall 2020 Academy Quarterly Review!

We are pleased to announce that the Fall 2020 issue of AQR is now available. Enjoy!

Got a Question for the Tech Team?

Are you having a problem with Zoom? Would you like to make sure that your presentation runs smoothly? Email your request for Tech Team assistance to Please make it as detailed as possible. A member of the Tech Team will then contact you to set up a mutually acceptable time for a Zoom appointment.

Our First Neighbourhood Walk

On  a day threatening extreme heat and thunderstorms, 10 Academy members gathered at Withrow Park for the  first of the Academy’s 2020 ‘Neighbourhood  Walks’.  Though tolerably warm, we were pleasantly surprised to remain dry as we circled our way through the Riverdale neighbourhood. From the meet-up at the north end of the 21-acre Withrow Park…

Registration now open if you wish to join a fourth workshop

Follow the link on the Registration Page; you may stop when you hit the payment page as there is no additional cost for the additional workshop. Information on space availability can be found with the workshop description or in the consolidated list on the Members page