Beat the Winter Blahs 2022!

Join us for

HTAL’s  5 Engaging, Energizing and Educational virtual lectures from the comfort of home.

When: Wednesdays – February 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2

Time: 1 PM

Cost: $50.00 for all 5 webinars

Program: 50 minute lecture followed by a question and answer opportunity.

  • Sex, Chocolate and Your Pelvic Floor
  • Late Life Creativity For Artists & Amateurs
  • Medical Cannabis- How Effective? A Concise Review
  • Move the Body, Heal the Mind
  • Gardening for the Soul

Winter Series Webinars

Registration is Now Open.

Kristen Parise

Kristen Parise

February 2nd, 2022 – 1PM

Physiotherapist Kristen Parise

Kristen will explore how getting older comes with many body challenges.

Your hormones fluctuate, your muscles change and the pathways in your brain no longer regenerate as quickly.

The pelvic floors of men & women also respond to these changes resulting in incontinence, pain and sexual dysfunction.

Kristen’s energizing presentation will share information on how to improve the function of your pelvic floor and provide suggestions to cope with chronic pain.

Kristen has been a physiotherapist for over 20 years and has a graduate degree in Exercise Physiology from McMaster University.

Dr Ellen Ryan

February 9th, 2022 – 1PM

Dr Ellen Ryan

Since age 55, Ellen has discovered the joy of Creative arts (poetry, memoir, photography, drawing). This experience enables her to see how creative impulse guided her career and how new forms of expression are needed in retirement.

Does creativity improve or deteriorate over the adult lifespan. Who are some historical figures exhibiting remarkable transformations in their art at advanced ages?
Contributing meaning and purpose to life, creative expression can be a driving force for healthy aging for all of us especially if done in a group.

How can community support creative activity among vulnerable older adults?

How are you expressing your creativity? Would you love to follow up on an early interest like playing a musical instrument, poetry, or dance? Might you join a singing or writing group or painting group?

Dr Ellen Ryan, professor emeritus at McMaster University, and leader of Hamilton Aging in Community. Her workshops emphasize Resilient Aging in Community through writing life stories, social participation, and innovative housing strategies.

She is a member of Tower Poetry Society, co editor of Celebrating Poets over 70 and Second Journeys: the Dance of the Spirit in Later Life, and the author of the book Ability Speaks: Talking with a Person with a Disability.

Dr James MacKillop

Dr James MacKillop

February 16th, 2022 – 1PM

Dr James MacKillop

As Director of the Michael G DeGroote Centre for medicinal Cannabis research Dr MacKillop emphasizes there are a lot of opinions and anecdotes about Cannabis.

In his presentation he will focus on the facts and evidence for medical and recreational purposes.

His presentation will provide an overview of Cannabis products and review the evidence for the benefits and risks for common uses including pain, sleep and psychiatric disorders.

He will discuss the gap between perception of cannabis as a safer way to treat health conditions and existing evidence to support these claims. He will explore how cannabis interacts with medications and substances.

You will hear the latest research and have an opportunity to have your questions answered.


Dr MacKillop is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. He works as the Director of both the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research and the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medical Cannabis Research.

Dr MacKillop conducts translational research on addictive behaviour. His works focus primarily on the causes, maintenance and treatment of alcohol use disorder, tobacco use disorder, cannabis use disorder, gambling disorder and obesity/food addiction.

An expert on the subject of medical cannabis, MacKillop is often cited by news broadcasters, particularly in the fall of 2018 as Canada moved to legalize recreational cannabis.

In 2018, Dr MacKillop was awarded the Anne & Neil McArthur Research Award, which celebrates an internationally-recognized researcher at St Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton.

Jennifer Heisz

Jennifer Heisz

February 23rd, 2022 – 1PM

Dr Jennifer Heisz

Move the Body Heal the Mind- Overcome Anxiety, Depression and Dementia and improve Focus, Creativity and Sleep!

Dr Heisz has an interactive and fun presentation! She will offer ground breaking research on how fitness and exercise can combat mental health conditions such as anxiety, dementia, ADHD and depression. She will share a plan for improving focus, creativity and sleep. Her talk will present research in her forthcoming book, Move the Body Heal the Mind. This book is a science based self-help book on the neuroscience of exercise and is full of stories from her McMaster Neurofit lab.

The self-help book can be pre-ordered by clicking this link Move the Body, Heal the Mind.

Dr Jennifer Heisz is an expert in brain health. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University. She is the Director of the Neurofit lab which researches the effects of exercise.

Paul Zammit

Paul Zammit

March 2nd, 2022 – 1PM

Paul Zammit

Paul’s presentation will ask: Do you ever question why you garden? Are we just striving for something that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye?

Paul believes so much more! Our gardens can provide us with fresh food, they can nourish our soul, support biodiversity and help with climate change.

With 30 years experience in the horticultural industry, he has learned that gardens continue to provide beyond the borders that may define them.

He will share his views and thoughts on how and what he believes makes a garden beautiful. He has many practical ideas including gardening in an apartment or condominium!

Paul Zammit is a professor of Horticulture at Niagara College. Prior to joining the faculty  Paul held the position of Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Gardens for 10 years. For the past five years Paul has been providing gardening advice on  CBC radio.

He is an energetic and passionate gardener.