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Sept. 27, 2016

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Sept. 27, 2016
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – National Seniors Day is October 1. National Seniors Day is an occasion for all Canadians to appreciate and celebrate seniors, as well as highlight the needs of seniors in society.

The following Laurier experts are available to comment on the role of seniors in society:

Economics of Aging

Tammy Schirle, associate professor in Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, director of the Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis and a member of the C.D. Howe Pension Policy Council, is an expert on the economics of the elderly. She is available to comment on public pensions (Canada pension plan, old age security and the guaranteed income supplement), health and longevity (mortality and life expectancy), work at older ages and senior poverty issues. Contact information: Schirle is available for comment this week but not available on Oct. 1.

Music Therapy

Amy Clements-Cortes, instructor in Laurier’s Music Therapy program, is an expert on music therapy for older adults. She is available for comment on creative arts and dementia, music therapy for Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment, music listening and singing for older adults, chamber music experiences and vibroacoustic therapy for persons with Alzheimer’s. Contact information: 519-897-3613 or

Health Care

Josephine McMurray, assistant professor in Laurier’s Business Technology Management program, is an expert on information exchange in health care. She is the co-lead for the Developing Regional health InnoVation Ecosystems (DRIVE) project, within AGE-WELL NCE. The DRIVE project explores how technology innovations can be fostered within regional health innovation ecosystems and how to facilitate local collaborations among researchers, policy makers, practitioners and industry. McMurray also has over 13 years experience working in health administration. Contact information: 519-242-7477 or

Dawn Guthrie, professor in Laurier’s Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education and Department of Health Sciences, is an expert on aging issues in health care and service delivery and improving home/palliative care. Her research works to find quality indicators as an evidence basis for health professionals and decision-makers to determine how to meet the needs of individuals and their caregivers for such services as home care, physiotherapy, etc. Contact information: (519) 884-0710 x2590 or

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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