Music, Aging and Wellness

November 17, 2018
CIGI Campus, Waterloo, ON


Music Care Conference Waterloo will be held on Saturday November 17 at the CIGI Campus in the innovative city of Waterloo, Canada. The Laurier Centre for Music in the Community is partnering with the Room 217 Foundation to bring together stakeholders in music and care to provide information and inspiration around music, aging and wellness.

Participants will experience music in a way that contributes to quality of life, and aspects of aging. Expert keynote speakers and performers as well as local music care innovators will present through academic research, clinical care, and life experience. Participants may include healthcare professionals, volunteer and family carers, care recipients, musicians, students of the arts and social sciences and opinion leaders. Other health arts modality stakeholders will find this conference beneficial to the growing use of arts in care in Canada.


Informative and inspirational 2018 speakers. Read more

Dr. Gary Ansdell
Associate, Nordoff Robbins UK
Honorary Professor, Exeter University

Dr. Andrea Creech
Professor, Université Laval
Canadian Research Chair in Music
in the Community

Ian Thomas
Canadian Singer / Songwriter


8:00 – 9:00
Registration & Exhibits open
Parquay Players

9:00 – 10:30
Music Care Cameo - Ken McCaw
Room 217 Care through Music
Care for Music: an ethnography of music in late life and end of life settings - Dr. Gary Ansdell

10:30 – 11:00
Refreshments / Exhibits

11:00 – 12:15
Music Care Cameo - Kitchener Library Project - Bob Egan
Musicking and creative music technologies for enriching later-life - Dr. Andrea Creech
Music Care Cameo - George Linton

12:15 – 1:15
Lunch ‘n Learn – Music Care Training

1:15 – 3:30
Workshops. Read more
• The Circle of Music project – Sasha Judelson-Kelly
• A Voice for Life – Dr. Victoria Meredith
• Music Research in Long Term Care: Room 217 Partners Program and Hamilton Intergenerational Music Program – Chelsea Mackinnon
• The British Experiment: Arts and Social Prescription – Dr. Justine Schneider
• Having Music Conversations in Palliative Care – Sarah Pearson
• Developing a Music & Aging Policy Round Table
• Mobilizing a Music & Aging Policy Round Table

3:30 – 4:30
Close – My Story with Music and Wellness – Ian Thomas



Thank you 2018 Sponsors