Canada’s Aging Population

What will be the wake of the ‘Silver Tsunami’?
Andrew Colgoni And Susan Shepley, McMaster University Libraries
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Workshop Schedule

Introduction Multimedia Exploration

4 Videos with Discussion

Great Debate

Two Topics, Four Groups, Fast Pace!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Video: Extinction of W. Civilization
From the documentary “Demographic Winter”
Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LA5xhXk_4U
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Is this a population ‘decline’ a problem? (or is it actually a good thing?)

Why is it happening in the West? What are possible solutions? Could we re-invent our traditional society for the better as a result of this?

Is there bias in this argument? Subtext? Hidden meaning?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Video: Redefining China’s Family
Travis Fox / WashingtonPost.com
Http://www.vimeo.com/1458722
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Do you see filial piety in your own life or in society as a whole? What does or doesn’t it look like?

Who should care for the elderly? What responsibility should family have? Should the government be involved in care? If so, how?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Scenario

You are an emergency room dr. in a busy hospital. Two patients are admitted with serious heart attacks. Patient I: 47 year old man; Patient II: 80 year old man. Who do you treat first?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Audio: Ageism in Medicine
White Coat/Black Art, Cbc.ca
Http://www.cbc.ca/whitecoat/2008/04/aging-ageism-and-the-silver-tsunami.html
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Do you agree with the Drs. view of ageism in healthcare? Why or why not?

Does ageism exist in other areas of society? Many say that today’s generation of seniors don’t complain, especially when it comes to healthcare. Will the same be true of the next generation of seniors?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Video: The End of Aging
Aubrey De Grey / TED.com
Http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/aubrey_de_grey_says_we_can_avoid_aging.html
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Is aging (and death) inevitable? Should we think of it as such?

Why is it so hard to imagine living far past 100 years? de Grey minimizes the challenges/problems of superlongevity on society. Should he? What kinds of problems would it cause?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Debate!

Topic 1: The aging population is a burden on society. Topic 2: The senior majority (of 2030) should dictate and set the priorities of society (medical, financial, etc.)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Debate Schedule

Split into 4 groups (1 for each pro/con debate) Half an hour to prepare your argument Debate Structure

Maximum 5 minute argument from each side 3 minute rebuttal planning Maximum 3 minute rebuttal

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Image Credits

Title Slide: Ronn Ashore http://www.flickr.com/photos/12392252@N03/2061993362/ Redefining: van der Meer http://www.flickr.com/photos/erwyn/3797337088/ End of Aging: BillErickson http://www.flickr.com/photos/mg315/2304391093/ W. Civ: AriannaMeli http://www.flickr.com/photos/ariannameli/4041126439/ Ageism: Andyde http://www.flickr.com/photos/andyde/4762068019/ Debate: old shoe woman http://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/108227685/

Thursday, July 8, 2010