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April 21, 2009
Staying active, healthy – and aging well
Experts on aging well in today’s world will focus on everything from positive lifestyles to preventing falls when they meet for the 19th Annual John K. Friesen Conference, Staying Active, Staying Healthy: Aging Well in Contemporary Society April 23 - 24 at SFU’s Vancouver campus, Harbour Centre. SFU gerontologist Gloria Gutman, co-leader of the B.C. Network for Aging Research, can examine the issues, including those related to housing, health and employment after 65. Keynote addresses will include:

-Patterns of health and healthy lifestyles across the generations, Andrew Wister, Chair, Department of Gerontology, SFU
-Exercise like an Olympian: My message to an aging society, Gareth Jones, Assistant Professor, Human Kinetics, UBC Okanagan
-A biomedical approach to the prevention of falls and hip fractures, Fabio Feldman, Manager, Seniors Fall and Injury Prevention, Fraser Health Authority

The program will also include panels on positive lifestyles, supportive environments, community programs, and services for active aging. For speakers' bios visit:

Gloria M. Gutman, 778.782.5063;

Pleas for the bees
Bees have been making news – they’re in trouble, with numbers on the decline. SFU biologist Elizabeth Elle studies bees that are native to Canada – more than 800 species - and what drives bee biodiversity, including habitat loss and plant diversity. Just back from field research on Vancouver Island (returns April 22), she will talk about bees, their decline, and what individuals can do about it, at a public lecture at SFU’s Vancouver campus, Harbour Centre, on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Elle is part of the Canadian Pollination Initiative, a national research network created to address the growing problem of ‘pollinator decline’ in agricultural and natural ecosystems across the country.

Elizabeth Elle, 778.782.4592,


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