The date for our winter courses is approaching fast and we’re making preparations. Don’t miss out!
We are a Burlington, Ontario based startup, formed to prevent seniors isolation, mainly by offering 8-week (one session a week) online courses, taught live, by experts, mostly retired university professors on areas in which they have done research. We believe in purposeful and learning-oriented retirement!
Paul Merkley, co-founder Seniors Junction
Create your own personal blue zone using our model
Seniors Junction Model is co-created by Harvard alumni Drs. Namrata Bagaria and Paul Merkley. The model has been made using real world knowledge, evidence base and interviews with seniors' industry veterans. Click on the file to download a free copy.
Our approach is to offer courses we define as 'serious leisure', more about that in the video below, which give people purpose, something to look forward to, and connect them to others with similar interests. We are a new company, but we have delivered two of these courses and the results have been very good. Below there is a list of the courses we will be offering this winter. We have a 3-week holiday break beginning mid-December and will resume classes again from second week of January.
Dr. Paul Merkley is a world renowned music historian and an authority on history of Renaissance music. Duration 8 weeks. Course information ...
Dr. Paul Merkley is a world renowned music historian and film music was his most popular undergraduate course which is now a community cours...
Renata Chubb and Ixchel Suarez are Burlington / Oakville based artists and they specialize in workshops for older adults. Duration 8 weeks. ...
Shana Anderson is Ottawa based piano teacher with a Masters Degree in Music History from University of Ottawa. Duration 8 weeks. Course info...
Bill Randall is Professor Emeritus of Narrative Gerontology. We all have experienced life uniquely and sometimes all it takes is to write an...
Our courses are expert led, group courses with individual learning components. You get to make friends as well as master something new! So that you can keep in touch with your new friends and stay motivated to practise your new hobbies, we are offering free annual alumni membership worth CAD 120 on all purchases. This membership will allow you to attend our monthly virtual alumni meetings. We really want you to find and share your purpose, and build your tribe!
A short video describing how Seniors Junction delivers its educational programs to help seniors find purpose. Here you will hear from our co-founder Dr. Paul Merkley who is Professor Emeritus in Musicology from University of Ottawa. He did his PhD from Harvard University and is a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada.
Listen to the pioneering social scientist Dr. Robert Stebbins coined the term "serious leisure", the science on which our company is based.
Meet Renata, Paul and Shana! We bring you the finest instructors, experts from across Canada. You can ask questions live from your instructors, advance your knowledge and use it towards having a new hobby or freelance or volunteering or mentoring gig. Our instructors will help you find something to "retire into".
Listen to what our alumni have to say about us! Shana has now become an instructor with us and Richard has become a community champion, sharing information about serious leisure for social connectedness!
Our CEO was covered by uOttawa
Namrata Bagaria trained as a general physician and has a Master of Public Health from Harvard University. She is finishing a PhD in Digital Transformation and Innovation at uOttawa.
Episode 37 - Social isolation, affordability and involving seniors in assisted living
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