From ‘age friendly cities’ to ‘smart cities’ and ‘sustainable cities’, how we live together in urban spaces is on the public agenda here in Montreal and around the world. But who are the citizens that are imagined and implied by these terms? How can we work together to make the city a better and more inclusive place to grow old?
B/OLD: Aging In Our City was a free and trilingual (English, French and LSQ) event, that took place at Concordia University on May 16 and 17, 2019.
For two days B/OLD welcomed researchers, city representatives, artists, and community activists at the De Seve Theatre, for an exciting line-up of keynote presentations and panel discussions which centered on salient issues affecting older adults in Montreal, such as housing, social inclusion, creative aging, elder mistreatment, and more.
With extended programming between May 14 and 24, B/OLD featured a variety of workshops, exhibits and community activities in Concordia’s 4th Space.
B/OLD examined the experiences of aging in Montreal from a multidisciplinary, multisectoral, and intergenerational perspective. With this special event, the university’s doors were open widely to welcome community activists, students, policymakers, the media and, most importantly, older adults themselves – inviting all participants to “be bold” and to embrace “old”.