The Aging Brain: How Art and Design are Changing the Way We Care

On Wednesday, November 28, 2007, at 6:30pm, Dr. Guy Proulx will give a presentation on how art and design are changing the way we care for the aging brain.

Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) President Sara Diamond invites you to attend this thought-provoking lecture series responding to some of the key themes of OCADs strategic plan, Leading in the Age of Imagination. The Presidents Lecture Series features speakers who will discuss the impact of art and design on sustainability, aging and wellness, and contemporary ethics.

Dr. Guy Proulx is the Director of Psychology at Baycrest, one of the world’s premier academic health sciences centres focused on aging. He specializes in the assessment and rehabilitation of cognitive disorders in people who have brain damage. Dr. Proulx will share how art is a gift providing light and creativity, taking dementia out of the darkness of pathology. In his words, Memory has evolved as a wondrous time-travelling machine that allows us to recapture the past or imagine possible futures. The power of art and environmental design can do much to reduce excessive disability associated with the aging brain and its related diseases. Confused minds are too often the results of disabling environments and crippling attitudes.

The series begins with this lecture by Dr. Guy Proulx, and continues into 2008 with presentations by Cameron Sinclair, Dr. Ron Baecker, David Buckland, Gary Clement and Carol Squiers.

The event takes place in the auditorium of OCAD, located at 100 McCaul Street in Toronto. The lectures are free, and all are welcome to attend. For more information, please visit, e-mail, or call 416.977.6000.