Living In Place Explained - Live Event - CARP
Living in Place
Explained: Living In Place


Live Event Stream: 11am - 2pm EDT
Connect with the Experts: 2 - 4pm EDT


Most people want to stay in their homes as long as possible as they get older — preferably, for good.

May 19th from 2 - 4pm EDT

Join a live chat with an expert or book an appointment for a later date!

*Details available during the live event

You probably know this as Aging in Place, but we believe it should be about living well and enjoying life in the home you love, as you age. That’s why we’ve created the Living in Place virtual event. Join us for an informative day as we explore this important topic and answer some of the key questions.

What exactly does growing old in your own home involve? How do you determine what modifications to make? What services are available to support you? What new technology can be a game-changer for you? And most importantly, how do you pay for it all?

Learn from the experts the practical steps you can take now, and tomorrow, to enable you to live in place and develop your personal plan for the future.


Strategies to unlock the value in your home and pay for your living in place plan

Peace of mind around the services you may need as you age at home

Dancing for brain health as part of your everyday at-home routine

Aging at home safely: what you need to know

Products & services for life, in your forever home



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SESSION 1 - 11am EDT

Setting Up Your Ideal Home

What Living in Place Means for C.A.R.P. & You


Chief Policy Officer, C.A.R.P.

What You Need To Know About Aging At Home Safely

Jim Closs

President, Live Easy Inc.

Partners in Home Health Care


Respiratory Manager, Wellwise by Shoppers™


Director, Business Development, Wellwise by Shoppers™

5 Minute Break


How Can I Afford My Future Needs?

Strategies To Unlock The Value In Your Home

Yvonne Ziomecki

Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, HomeEquity Bank

A Financial Strategy for Living in Place

Cynthia Schindler

Director of Advertising & Public Relations, MyDignity

Miles Posner

Director of Strategic Planning & Business Development, MyDignity

10 Minute Break


Staying Active & Connected

Social Isolation & The Importance of Staying Connected

Greg Charyna

Owner/Director At Home Instead Saskatoon

Using Dance To Bolster Brain Health

Ashleigh Powell

Head of Community Dance Programs, Canada’s National Ballet School

Closing Remarks



Marissa Lennox is the Chief Policy Officer at C.A.R.P. (Canadian Association of Retired Persons). For over four years, Marissa has worked to serve C.A.R.P.’s membership in each of its three key pillars of Advocacy, Benefits, and Community. She is a frequent commentator in the media, and also host of theZoomer, a current affairs roundtable discussion show on ZoomerMedia’s VisionTV, focusing on issues that matter most to Canadians 45+.

Marissa is a member of the Canada Post Accessibility Advisory Panel, the Retiree Advisory Panel for the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA), and the Consumer Medication Incident Reporting Advisory Committee for ISMP Canada. Marissa holds an Honours degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School at New York University.

Natasha Raey

Natasha Raey is a serial entrepreneur and consultant whose current work is focused on the health care, cannabis, and wellness industries. Natasha has managed the planning and development of large-scale health centers in both Vancouver and Toronto. Her work currently includes strategizing with her regional Health Authority in B.C., at the local community level, to implement a number of COVID-19-related initiatives.

In 2017, she opened Cadence Health Centre, a team-based multidisciplinary health centre and pharmacy in downtown Toronto. In 2014, she co-founded SheTalks Global, an annual speaker series and conference showcasing influential women in diverse fields. In 2020, Natasha founded Skye Cannabis Co., a retail cannabis store based in British Columbia. Most recently, in 2019, Natasha founded Bloom & Elix, an enterprise developing wellness and brain health supplements for women. She also serves as an independent business, marketing, and public relations consultant for a number of social enterprises, public institutions, and non-government organizations. Ms. Raey holds a Masters of health administration from The University of British Columbia, and a BSc, molecular biology and biochemistry (honours), from Simon Fraser University.







Bill vangorder

Chief Policy Officer, C.A.R.P.

Bill VanGorder is Chief Policy Officer and Chief Operating Officer for C.A.R.P. — A New Vision of Aging for Canada and was the Founding Chair of (2007) of the C.A.R.P. Nova Scotia Chapter. He is the immediate Past Chair of the Nova Scotia Advisory Committee on Seniors’ Issues to the Provincial Government (The Group of Nine) on which he has served for the past 12 years; 

Chair of the Serving Seniors Alliance Cooperative and longtime Board Member of the Theatre Arts Guild. From 1991 to 2007, Bill was the President and CEO of The Lung Association of Nova Scotia. Previously he spent 28 years with the YMCA, for the final 12 years as the Atlantic Area Director for the YMCA.

Bill is a graduate of Sir Wilfred Laurier University with a degree in Politics & Public Administration and is both a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE ).

Bill and his wife Esther live in Halifax Nova Scotia. They have two daughters and two grandchildren. And they have two cats Calli and Skye who run the house.

Yvonne Ziomecki

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, HomeEquity Bank

Ms. Ziomecki, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, handles Marketing and Consumer Sales operations and is responsible for developing sales, marketing strategy and vision for HomeEquity Bank. Yvonne joined HomeEquity Bank in 2013 and in March 2020, became a newly published co-author of Home Run: The Reverse Mortgage Advantage.


Director of Advertising & Public Relations, MyDignity

Cynthia’s background includes 10 years as a Behavioural Geriatric Specialist in long term care facilities. During that time she was part of an elite federal government team who developed practices to improve the quality of life for those requiring assistance. For the last 25 years, she has educated people on the benefits of specialty insurance products.


Director of Strategic Planning & Business Development, MyDignity

Miles has been an integral part of the Canadian long term care insurance industry for over 30 years and offers a wealth of knowledge and integrity. With the long term care crisis facing Canada and the issues associated with traditional insurance products, the creation of CARP Home Care Assistance was a natural progression for him.

Ashleigh Powell

Head of Community Dance Programs, Canada's National Ballet School

Ashleigh is a member of the Professional Program Artistic Faculty at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS). In her role as NBS’ Head of Community Dance Programs, Ashleigh works with partners across the education, community programming and sport sectors to bring the widespread benefits of dance to all Canadians. 

A graduate with distinction from NBS’ Teacher Training Program, she is a recipient of the Carole Chadwick and the Betty Oliphant Awards. In addition, Ashleigh has worked extensively as a theatre choreographer and holds an Honours Degree in History and Sociology from the University of Toronto.

Danaka Bailey

Respiratory Manager, Wellwise by Shoppers™

Wellwise by Shoppers™– A retail experience from Shoppers Drug Mart, created to provide Canadians the ability to take control of how they age, stay longer in the home they love, and provide them with the help they need to make the most of every day.


Director, Business Development, Wellwise by Shoppers™

Wellwise by Shoppers™– A retail experience from Shoppers Drug Mart, created to provide Canadians the ability to take control of how they age, stay longer in the home they love, and provide them with the help they need to make the most of every day.


President, Live Easy Inc.

Jim Closs runs his own Aging in Place consultancy & distribution business in Toronto, named Live Easy Inc. With thirty years of experience in the accessible design world, and involvement with the planning and execution processes of lift devices that remove barriers, Jim is keenly aware of the gaps in thinking, designing, and budgeting, when it comes to accessibility. Jim is also the Director of Education for Age Safe Canada and will discuss the Seniors Home Safety Specialist Course.

Currently Live Easy has collaborated with the Bay Area Health Trust out of Hamilton, Ontario to form a boutique distribution house of products aimed at the AIP sector where they currently have the Canadian rights to Assistep, Gripo poles and Safety-Chair. BAHT in itself is a unique enterprise of a for-profit/non-profit, where they have been formed out of the Hamilton Health Science campuses and generated 7 distinct business arms that generate profits which are reinvested into the hospitals and McMaster University.


Owner/Director at Home Instead Saskatoon

Greg Charyna, has lived and worked as a broadcaster, administrator, pastor and chaplain before opening Home Instead Senior Care in 2008. He is passionate about enhancing the lives of older adults and supporting families by providing private care in home, hospital or other facilities.

Greg and his spouse/business partner, Karen, are part of the "sandwich generation" with their twenty-something son and daughter, Greg's mom in long term care in Vancouver and Karen's mom in Weyburn.


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