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Astronaut, Chris Hadfield: Does Outer Space hold the key to Aging Research?

Long Term Care and Retirement Communities Conference: Together We Care Canadian Astronaut, Commander Chris Hadfield, showed his chops as a stand-up comedian at the Together We Care: Long Term Care and Retirement Communities Conference. “There is no bad situation that you can’t make worse.” In his keynote, Commander Hadfield offered an out-of-this-world opportunity to study a disease of aging: space travel causes bones loss; coming back to earth, bone regenerates. In the spirit of Hadfield’s use of twitter to share beyond his capsule, tweeters at the conference shared with their communities: Hadfield’s message gave this perspective on his measure of success: Winston Churchill on ‘media relations’: “Be honest. Be brief. Be seated.” Hadfield is a media darling who needs no training to answer newshounds. Health, on the other hand, seems always under fire. In a panel led by author and news veteran, Steve Paikin, and featuring health reporter Andre Picard, former Ontario Hospital Association CEO Tom Closson, Psychologist, Dr Maggie Gibson, and Robert Waite, bandied about answering to the media in a healthcare crisis, with Picard advising: “There’s no shame in saying ‘I don’t know’ “. On a more serious note, Dr Sherry Dupuis, whose life focus is humanizing those with Dementia points out, “all behavior is communication”, and wants us to consider ‘intent’ before assuming a person with dementia is out-of-control: “We have to look at the intent behind the behavior. Even with severe Dementia, people can communicate with intent, which is often mis-interpreted as ‘disruptive bvehaviours’. As an example: every day, the man with Dementia would come into the lunchroom and knock the hat of the head...