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Namrata Bagaria & Paul Merkley Seniors Junction

Many retirees seek ways to use their time meaningfully and intellectually challenge themselves. Appreciating music and arts meets these needs and provides a sense of purpose and fulfillment. We deliver accessible and inclusive courses that help you keep sharp and foster a sense of community and engagement.

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Episode 55 - The Future Of Seniors Living &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 55 – The Future of Seniors Living

Scott McCorvie is the CEO of Vita Senior Living. He brings two decades of experience in senior living investment and operations and is extremely passionate about enhancing the senior living industry…

Scott McCorvie is t…

Scott McCorvie is the CEO of Vita Senior Living. He brings two decades of experience in senior living investment and operations and is extremely passionate about enhancing the senior living industry. More info - https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottmccorvie/ Seniors Junction is a Burlington, Ontario based startup, formed to prevent seniors isolation, mainly by offering 8-week (one session a week) hybrid courses, taught live, by experts. We believe in purposeful and learning-oriented Retirement! More info - https://seniorsjunction.com Host Paul Merkley is the co-founder & COO of Seniors Junctio…

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Episode 54 - Recreation, Purpose And Camaraderie &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 54 – Recreation, purpose and camaraderie

Lewis (Lou) Poloniatio is a retired businessman in GTA. His serious leisure pursuits include biking, bridge and tennis. Seniors Junction is a Burlington, Ontario based startup, formed to prevent seni…

Lewis (Lou) Poloniat…

Lewis (Lou) Poloniatio is a retired businessman in GTA. His serious leisure pursuits include biking, bridge and tennis. Seniors Junction is a Burlington, Ontario based startup, formed to prevent seniors isolation, mainly by offering 8-week (one session a week) online courses, taught live, by experts. We believe in purposeful and learning-oriented Retirement! More info - https://seniorsjunction.com Host Paul Merkley is the co-founder & COO of Seniors Junction. He is a Professor Emeritus from University of Ottawa. He has a PhD in History of Music from Harvard and is a Fellow of the Royal Soci…

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Episode 53 - Meaningful And Purposeful Social Activities &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 53 – Meaningful and purposeful social activities

Paula Banno is an innovative leader and Director of Lifestyle at a large senior community in the US. We discuss with her how meaning and purpose need to be incorporated in the recreation activities in…

Paula Banno is an in…

Paula Banno is an innovative leader and Director of Lifestyle at a large senior community in the US. We discuss with her how meaning and purpose need to be incorporated in the recreation activities in senior living. Seniors Junction is a Burlington, Ontario-based startup, formed to prevent Retirement isolation and loneliness, mainly by offering lectures and excursions. We believe in purposeful and learning-oriented Retirement! More info - https://seniorsjunction.com Host Paul Merkley is the co-founder & COO of Seniors Junction. He is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Ottawa. He h…

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Episode 52 - Aging, Arthritis And Social Isolation &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 52 – Aging, arthritis and social isolation

Jaya Sonkar MD MPH is a rheumatologist, geriatrician, and internist based in Cypress Texas. She is the founder and president of JSR Heath (http://jsrhealth.com/). She is UTMB Galveston Alumna, New Yo…

Jaya Sonkar MD MPH i…

Jaya Sonkar MD MPH is a rheumatologist, geriatrician, and internist based in Cypress Texas. She is the founder and president of JSR Heath (http://jsrhealth.com/). She is UTMB Galveston Alumna, New York Medical College Alumna and Harvard Alumna. Link for today's discussion - https://drive.google.com/file/d/17DXjEequHfhljelyeMCnVVQbvaj_2F8y/view?usp=sharing Seniors Junction is a Burlington, Ontario based startup, formed to prevent Retirement isolation and loneliness, mainly by offering lectures and excursions. We believe in purposeful and learning-oriented Retirement! More info - https://seni…

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Episode 51 - Social Activities In Retirement &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 51 – Social activities in retirement

Kathleen Vipond is a retired music teacher. After teaching high school, she has directed choirs, worked with charities, and participated in clubs. She teaches a low-impact aerobics class and she plays…

Kathleen Vipond is a…

Kathleen Vipond is a retired music teacher. After teaching high school, she has directed choirs, worked with charities, and participated in clubs. She teaches a low-impact aerobics class and she plays bridge seriously. Seniors Junction is a Burlington, Ontario based startup, formed to prevent seniors isolation, mainly by offering 8-week (one session a week) online courses, taught live, by experts. We believe in purposeful and learning-oriented Retirement! More info - https://seniorsjunction.com Host Paul Merkley is the co-founder & COO of Seniors Junction. He is a Professor Emeritus from Un…

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Episode 50 - Ageing Safely In The Home Of Your Choice &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 50 – Ageing Safely in the Home of Your Choice

Jean-François Pinsonnault lives in Maxville, Ontario. He is an Organizational Development practitioner, mediator, consultant, and coach with 45+ years of experience. The horrific impact of COVID-19 o…

Jean-François Pinso…

Jean-François Pinsonnault lives in Maxville, Ontario. He is an Organizational Development practitioner, mediator, consultant, and coach with 45+ years of experience. The horrific impact of COVID-19 on residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities in Canada prompted Jean-François Pinsonnault to do something tangible to help. His new book "Ageing Safely in the Home of Your Choice" offers hundreds of ideas and tips to maximize safety and comfort. It builds on Jean-François' experience, sharing the lessons learned and helpful tips for seniors so that, like his mother, they can rema…

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Episode 49 - Social Isolation And Spirituality &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 49 – Social isolation and spirituality

Our guest today is Jane Kuepfer, Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging, Spiritual Care Provider and Registered Psychotherapist. Her research areas are: Spirituality & Aging, spiritual care in …

Our guest today is J…

Our guest today is Jane Kuepfer, Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging, Spiritual Care Provider and Registered Psychotherapist. Her research areas are: Spirituality & Aging, spiritual care in residential care, spiritual resources, Baby Boomers More info - https://uwaterloo.ca/grebel/people-profiles/jane-kuepfer To get latest podcast updates subscribe to our newsletter - https://seniorsjunction.com Hosts - Namrata Bagaria, Paul Merkley Music - Aaron Shandilya Video Production - Namrata Bagaria

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Episode 48 - Social Isolation And Technology Research &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 48 – Social isolation and technology research

Ron Baecker is Professor Emeritus in Computer Science from University of Toronto. He is the founder of Technologies for Aging Gracefully lab (TAG Lab), a world-class laboratory dedicated toward resear…

Ron Baecker is Profe…

Ron Baecker is Professor Emeritus in Computer Science from University of Toronto. He is the founder of Technologies for Aging Gracefully lab (TAG Lab), a world-class laboratory dedicated toward research for the journey through life. TAGlab works at the intersection of aging and technology, seeking to identify and address common issues of aging where technology can provide some benefit. At present he is the Founder and Chairman of https://computers-society.org/ To get latest podcast updates subscribe to our newsletter - https://seniorsjunction.com Hosts - Namrata Bagaria, Paul Merkley Music - …

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Episode 47 - Social Isolation And The Purpose Equation &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 47 – Social isolation and the purpose equation

Our guest today is Anna Hall, Founder of The Purpose Equation®. She believes that purpose is your reason to rise. Older adults are her purpose teachers. 20+ years in the senior living world, plus lot…

Our guest today is A…

Our guest today is Anna Hall, Founder of The Purpose Equation®. She believes that purpose is your reason to rise. Older adults are her purpose teachers. 20+ years in the senior living world, plus lots of research and experimentation with engagement frameworks, has gifted her perspectives on time and meaning. This is what inspired creation of the Purpose Equation®. More info -https://thepurposeequation.com/. To get latest podcast updates subscribe to our newsletter - https://seniorsjunction.com Hosts - Namrata Bagaria, Paul Merkley Music - Aaron Shandilya Video Production - Namrata Bagaria

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Episode 46 - Social Isolation In New York City Seniors &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 46 – Social isolation in New York City seniors

Elana Kieffer is the Acting Director, Center for Healthy Aging at The New York Academy of Medicine. She is a values-driven professional with content expertise in aging services and nearly 15 years of …

Elana Kieffer is the…

Elana Kieffer is the Acting Director, Center for Healthy Aging at The New York Academy of Medicine. She is a values-driven professional with content expertise in aging services and nearly 15 years of experience in policymaking, healthcare innovation, affordable housing, database management, strategic planning, and operations management. She oversees updates and trainings for Image:NYC, the Interactive Map of Aging, in partnership with the CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research/CUNY Graduate Center. Link - http://imagenyc.nyam.org/map/ To get latest podcast updates subscribe to …

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Episode 45 - Making Seniors Tech Savvy &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 45 – Making seniors tech savvy

Abbie Richie is Tech Guru & CEO of Senior Savvy, Host of Tech Tuesday on Foresight TV. Senior Savvy specializes in providing one-on-one technical support and workshops for seniors. They relieve tech s…

Abbie Richie is Tech…

Abbie Richie is Tech Guru & CEO of Senior Savvy, Host of Tech Tuesday on Foresight TV. Senior Savvy specializes in providing one-on-one technical support and workshops for seniors. They relieve tech stress for seniors, so they can excel in today’s world. More info - https://www.seniorsavvy.net/ To get latest podcast updates subscribe to our newsletter - https://seniorsjunction.com Hosts - Namrata Bagaria, Paul Merkley Music - Aaron Shandilya Video Production - Namrata Bagaria

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Episode 44 - Social Isolation And Loneliness In Later Life &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 44 – Social isolation and loneliness in later life

Dr. Deborah Morgan is a senior research officer in the Centre for Innovative Ageing. Her main research interests are loneliness and social isolation in later life. She sits on the Welsh Government Lon…

Dr. Deborah Morgan i…

Dr. Deborah Morgan is a senior research officer in the Centre for Innovative Ageing. Her main research interests are loneliness and social isolation in later life. She sits on the Welsh Government Loneliness and Social Isolation Strategy Board, and is an advisory board member for the Public health Network Cymru. Deborah’s research has led to several invited national and international presentations, and she has made several appearances on radio and television. She is also a Tedx Swansea speaker. More info - https://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/d.j.morgan/ To get latest podcast updates subscribe …

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Episode 43 - How To Engage Seniors After Two Years Of Covid-19 Restrictions &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 43 – How to engage seniors after two years of COVID-19 restrictions

Ruta Pai is Engagement Director at Providence House Senior Living. She has a masters in clinical mental health therapy with dance/movement therapy. She shares with us how they are using engagement str…

Ruta Pai is Engageme…

Ruta Pai is Engagement Director at Providence House Senior Living. She has a masters in clinical mental health therapy with dance/movement therapy. She shares with us how they are using engagement strategies to involve shut-in seniors after two years of COVID-19 restrictions. More info - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruta-pai-37788a97/ To get latest podcast updates subscribe to our newsletter - https://seniorsjunction.com Hosts - Namrata Bagaria, Paul Merkley Music - Aaron Shandilya Video Production - Namrata Bagaria

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Episode 42 - Social Isolation And Digital Programming &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 42 – Social isolation and digital programming

Our guest today is Scott Smith, National Director of Resident Programming at Five Star Senior Living. He is passionate about engaging older adults and doing things differently in senior living. He is …

Our guest today is S…

Our guest today is Scott Smith, National Director of Resident Programming at Five Star Senior Living. He is passionate about engaging older adults and doing things differently in senior living. He is a thought leader and advocate for older adults and for the use of technology in providing a person directed engagement experience. He has worked with with 16 communities across the US to ensure that the residents of the communities are receiving the best experience possible. More info - https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-smith-48045190/ To get latest podcast updates subscribe to our newsletter - …

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Episode 41 - Social Isolation And Learning A Musical Instrument &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 41 – Social Isolation and learning a musical instrument

Our guest today is Shana Anderson. She is a piano teacher based in Ottawa and has a Masters in Musicology from uOttawa. To get latest podcast updates subscribe to our newsletter - https://seniorsjunc…

Our guest today is S…

Our guest today is Shana Anderson. She is a piano teacher based in Ottawa and has a Masters in Musicology from uOttawa. To get latest podcast updates subscribe to our newsletter - https://seniorsjunction.com Hosts - Namrata Bagaria, Paul Merkley Music - Aaron Shandilya Video Production - Namrata Bagaria

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Episode 40 - Social Isolation And Fitness Coaching &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 40 – Social isolation and fitness coaching

Deepak Saini is a performance coach. He helps busy executives and entrepreneurs become high performers and maximize health, longevity and performance. He also offers a year long master class to help i…

Deepak Saini is a pe…

Deepak Saini is a performance coach. He helps busy executives and entrepreneurs become high performers and maximize health, longevity and performance. He also offers a year long master class to help individuals create their personal Bluezone and be the best version of themselves. More info - https://www.deepaksainihealth.com/ To get latest podcast updates subscribe to our newsletter - https://seniorsjunction.com Hosts - Namrata Bagaria, Paul Merkley Music - Aaron Shandilya Video Production - Namrata Bagaria

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Episode 39 - Social Isolation &Amp; Elder Abuse &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 39 – Social isolation & elder abuse

Our guests today are John E. Johnson, a retired lawyer, and Sabby Duthie, a former Retirement-home owner. Their book, "Elder Abuse: You Have a Role to Play" is first-of-its-kind book undertakes the un…

Our guests today are…

Our guests today are John E. Johnson, a retired lawyer, and Sabby Duthie, a former Retirement-home owner. Their book, "Elder Abuse: You Have a Role to Play" is first-of-its-kind book undertakes the uncomfortable conversation that so many are unwilling to have — that elder abuse is widespread and very real. More info - https://www.amazon.ca/Elder-Abuse-Have-Role-Play/dp/1988925738 Hosts: Namrata Bagaria & Paul Merkley. Subscribe for latest podcasts on https://seniorsjunction.com Credits: Intro & Outro Music: Aaron Shandaliya Video editing: Aaryaman Chandgotia

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Episode 38 - Seniors'S &Amp; Caregivers' Isolation &Raquo; Sj Circular 2 0
Episode 38 – Seniors's & caregivers' isolation

Debbie Howard is Author, Speaker, Podcaster, Founder of Aging Matters International & TheCaregivingJourney.com. She is a former long distance and live-in family Caregiver, who moved back to South Caro…

Debbie Howard is Aut…

Debbie Howard is Author, Speaker, Podcaster, Founder of Aging Matters International & TheCaregivingJourney.com. She is a former long distance and live-in family Caregiver, who moved back to South Carolina when her Mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, from Tokyo (where she had been living and working). Debbie’s first book came out in November 2018, available on Amazon and titled: The Caregiving Journey: Information. Guidance. Inspiration. Based on personal experience and interviews with over 200 caregivers representing a variety of conditions (i.e., natural aging, Alzheimer’s and de…

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