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Arthritis Talks: Age with Optimism

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February 19, 2020

Online or at Zoomer Hall
70 Jefferson Ave
Toronto, ON
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Join us for Arthritis Talks: Age with Optimism to get impactful tips and lessons about managing arthritis and flourishing as you age.

  • Learn strategies for strengthening your mental health as you cope with arthritis.
  • Get expert insight into the world of medical cannabis and the role of edibles, topicals and oils in helping to manage pain.

Our Arthritis Talks online speaker series connects you with experts sharing the latest evidence-based information about living with arthritis. You’ll come away from this unique event with great new ideas to help you say, “Arthritis won’t stop me.”

Following the presentations by our two speakers, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, whether you’re online or at the event in person.

Register today for Age with Optimism

Event Locations
  • Live Webinar - Online

    Wed., February 19, 2020
    2 - 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time 

    You will get a confirmation email with login instructions when you register. We will also email you before the webinar starts with a reminder. 

    We recommend you log in 15 minutes before the broadcast starts in your time zone to confirm you are connected. Access to the live webinar will be limited to the first 1,000 attendees. However, all registered participants will receive a recording of the presentations.

  • In-person Event – Toronto, ON

    Wed., Feb. 19, 2020,
    2 - 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time 

    Photography of Libby Znaimer of Zoomer RadioModerated by Libby Znaimer of Zoomer Radio

    Zoomer Hall
    70 Jefferson Ave
    Toronto, ON

    This is an accessible event.

    Free parking on site (limited availability)

    If you’ve booked a ticket but can’t attend, we encourage you to pass your ticket along to someone who may benefit from the information.

    Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure you are seated on time. 

    Join us after Arthritis Talks concludes for a 45-minute Mindfulness Workshop.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:

    • Explain what mindfulness is and how it can play a role in managing arthritis pain
    • Identify mindfulness strategies to cope with arthritis pain and promote mental well-being
    • Identify sources of further information and support

    Please note that this event is for people over the age of 19.


  • Dr. David Conn

    Photography of Dr. David ConnDr. David K. Conn, MB, FRCPC, is the vice-president of Education and inaugural director of the Centre for Education and Knowledge Exchange in Aging at Baycrest in Toronto, and a professor in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is the founding co-chair of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health, past President of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry and is chair of the Coalition’s National Guidelines project.

    Dr. Conn has received many awards including the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry Award for Outstanding Contributions to Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada and the Distinguished Service Award from the International Psychogeriatric Association. In 2010, he was a co-recipient of the CIHR Betty Havens Award for Knowledge Translation in Aging.

  • Dr. Shelley Turner

    Photography of Dr. Shelley Turner, MDRaised in the rural community of Gimli, MB, and a proud member of the Pimicikamak First Nation in Cross Lake, MB, Dr. Turner is regarded as a trailblazer in the medical cannabis community, specializing in cannabinoid therapies for addictions, sleep and mood disorders and chronic pain. With over 17,000 patient interactions and a growing patient database, she is a leading clinical participant in McMaster University’s CANNabinoid Consumption and Study (DATACANN) and spearheaded the development of the post-secondary Cannabis 101 curriculum at Red River College’s School of Indigenous Education. 

    Committed to serving rural populations, Dr. Turner has been practicing in Thunder Bay, ON and has extended her operations to include her hometown of Gimli at the Ekosi Health Centre, which provides a differentiated science and heart-based approach to patient care. Ekosi, a Cree word, means “this is it, this is good.”



Our Series Sponsor

Arthritis Talks National Sponsors: abbvie, pfizer, SpectrumCannabis, Novartis, Bristol Myers Squibb, Celgene, Lilly, Innovative Medecines Canada, Massage Addict, Merck, UCB and Zimmer Biomet

Local Sponsors

Arthritis Talks Local Sponsors: abbvie, Pfizer, SpectrumCannabis, Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Lilly, Massage Addict, Merck, UCB, Zoomer Radio