November Monthly Meeting

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 8:00 AM

INTERACTING IN THE NEW WORLD: What seniors need to know about the wired scene.

Over the last 20 years, screen-based technology (cell phones, iPod and pads, computers and gaming interfaces) have had a tremendous impact on how we work and play, and on how we relate to each other.

Come learn more about the good, the bad, the wired and the weird with Dr. Mari Swingle - the award-winning author of i-Minds: How Cell Phones, Computers, Gaming and Social Media are Changing Our Brains, Our Behavior, and the Evolution of Our Species.             

Screens bring wonderful opportunities: Skyping with grandchildren across the country, writing a letter and delivering it in nanoseconds through email, interactive online games. It can be great fun!

But technology also has a darker side too. Predators who pull on a senior’s heartstrings to access their credit card or bank records, excess online use which can exacerbate isolation and cause anxiety.

Dr. Mari Swingle will review some of the caveats of the digital age and some of the amazing applications.  With humour and panache, she will help seniors (and those who work with them) to explore this brave new digital world in ways that allow elders to express their pre-digital era wisdom while protecting themselves from harm.

Be prepared for a fun and unabashed discussion about how behavior & personalities have changed ‘behind the screens’, and an exploration of what is to come in the years ahead. 


Dr. Mari Swingle works with everyone is affected by the digital age and the massive social-technological changes we’re going through. Her clients are 3 months old to 93 years old, and everything in between.

70 being the new 50, older adults are energetically interested in all the benefits interactive technology can bring them. Widowed, separated, and divorced elders are dating and playing and if they are not they should be!  Social isolation (including staying home and watching TV) is one of the great predictors of unhealthy aging. Dr. Swingle encourages elders to keep on engaging, or to re-engage, through screens and technology.

As people who lived life fully before the surge in interactive technologies they see things from a much wider angle than younger generations. This life perspective combined with curiosity makes for a most delightful audience.” Dr. Mari Swingle

Meeting Location: The Wellesley Of Victoria - Retirement Home

2800 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8T 5B5

The entrance door for EFCN is on Market Street between Nanaimo Street and Blanshard Street.

Our EFCN sign and/or the helpful Wellesley staff will direct you to the room. Be sure to come a little earlier (we suggest 7:30) to allow yourself time to arrive and visit before the meeting starts at 8:00 am.


There is parking around and about the building, and Long and McQuade has generously offered their upper parking area on the corner of Market Street and Nanaimo Street.