The Gilbrea Centre runs several events each year as part of our regular programming.  We also collaborate with our partner organizations and associate researchers to bring you special events throughout the year. Check back often to see what new events have been added! 

Annual Seminar Series

This series creates the opportunity for the exchange of ideas and stimulates discussion amongst associate researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, community members and older people. We will be hosting seminars with diverse research groups and networks to explore this year’s chosen theme “Community Gerontology”. This theme will allow us to further explore several of Gilbrea’s thematic program areas which respond to contemporary and future issues facing older people.

All seminars for the 22-23 year will be held via zoom with the option to attend an in-person viewing session live in L.R. Wilson Hall Room 1003 at the McMaster Campus. Please refer to our zoom guide if you have any questions on how to use the Zoom application.

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The Aging, Reading and Writing Group

Facilitator: Dr. Ellen Ryan

Two sessions focus on writing and sharing our memories. We discuss the art of writing memoir, excerpts from published memoirs, as well as our own goals and strategies for writing memories.  Within each session, participants will respond to writing prompts and be invited to read their work aloud. 

The group will be facilitated by Ellen Ryan, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Health, Aging and Society. Ellen’s research examines how to foster resilient aging through the decades –from the young old to the oldest old. Throughout her career, she has focused on ageism, disability, and life stories. She hosts the websites: Writing, Aging and Spirit: www.writingdownouryears.ca and Hamilton Aging in Community

To register, please visit these links at the Hamilton Public Library:

  • May 2, 2022 - Link to follow
  • May 9, 2022 - Link to follow

Register at least by the day before the event so that links can be emailed to you. If you have difficulty, contact cdagosti@hpl.ca.

Location: To be held online by HPL Online. Sessions are still open (please register at least one day in advance).

If you have difficulty, contact Chris: cdagosti@hpl.ca

Events are co-sponsored by the Gilbrea Centre, Hamilton Aging in Community and Hamilton Public Library (Ancaster)




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The Annual Karl Kinanen Public Lecture

In the past, the Centre hosted the Karl Kinanen Public Lecture featuring a prominent expert in the field of aging and gerontological research. The public lecture was held at a venue in Hamilton, and seeked to foster knowledge exchange with the public, service providers and older people. The lecture was free of charge, and open to the public.

The lectures were made possible due to the generous support of former McMaster faculty member Karl Kinanen, his wife, Beatrice Kemp and a number of friends and colleagues. Karl retired from McMaster University in 1992. As an Associate Professor in Social Work, Karl Kinanen taught the first Gerontology course in the mid-1970s and created the first Summer Institute on Gerontology in 1984. His work was instrumental in developing  social gerontology at McMaster, and in Canada, and marked the beginning of many continuing education events for the professional community.

Going forward, the funds will be used to support the important research conducted by students in the department of Health, Aging and Society, while broadening the connection with community programs and partners to ensure the largest reach. Learn more about Karl Kinanen Scholarship.

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Special Events

The Centre hosts and co-hosts special events throughout the year based on the research of our associate and student members. Events are held on campus and in the broader community. Special events are scheduled at different times throughout the year.

We invite you to check back regularly for more information about special events or initiatives.  

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Community Events and Conferences

The Centre and its members are engaged with a larger network of community partners, research centres and professional groups across Ontario, Canada, and internationally. This network means that we can often partner on conferences or related events, as well as advertise events related to aging that we expect will be of interest. 

Information and links are updated regularly. 

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