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Life at 100: What Can We Learn From Centenarians?

Living for 100 years is an incredible feat that is growing increasingly common. The number of centenarians continues to rise. In 2011, there were 5 825 Canadian centenarians, which increased to 12 822 people in 2021 (Statistics Canada, 2011; Statistics Canada, 2021). In Saskatchewan in 2016, there were approximately 375 people over the age of 100, and by 2021 there were 548 (Statistics Canada, 2022). Although the number of centenarians is relatively small, it is growing, and the number of those in their nineties is over 11 000 in Saskatchewan (Statistics Canada, 2022). In this study, we examined what it was like to be 100 and the experiences of those people over the last century. Two research questions guided this inquiry; 1) What brings centenarians joy?, and 2) What are centenarians' hopes and plans for the future for themselves, their families, and the wider community?

We videotaped the interviews of 6 female Regina centenarians along with a close family member with the aim of giving centenarians an opportunity to record their life stories and debunk myths about aging through the creation of a documentary. We were privileged to have the opportunity to speak to six wonderful women who have led amazing lives which included; building the Lancaster Bomber, concealing blueprints to the Avro Arrow in their purse, and being part of changing the norms around women and alcohol. These women also continued to be actively engaged in life today, visiting family, doing people's taxes, playing piano, maintaining a website, following current events, writing stories, and sharing memories. Lessons we learned from centenarians included these; enjoy the little things, make good memories, keep challenges in perspective, and stay interested in life. We have limited opportunities to learn from the elderly and we should listen.

Thursday, Sep 22
12:00-1:00 pm
Room CB 112
Presenter: Heather Nelson

This course will be offered in-person at the College Building located at 2155 College Avenue in the classroom indicated on your receipt. In the event that it is not possible to have in-person courses, you will receive an email from Student and Instructor Services.

For more information about this drop-in forum - see our website or call 306-585-5748 to pre-register or get more information.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

How to Connect
College Avenue Campus
2155 College Avenue
Regina, SK
CB Room 112

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