Agenda - Vision 2030 for Seniors Services Symposium


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Tuesday, November 12th – PRE-SYMPOSIUM EVENT

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Presented by the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council, Connecting Edmonton Seniors aims to increase awareness of system barriers that affect seniors in our community. Shared stories will highlight the pressing issues that require our collective attention and effort to address. Connecting Edmonton Seniors is a network of stakeholders focusing on social isolation as an extension of the work that began as part of the Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing the Social Isolation of Seniors (PEGASIS).

Wednesday, November 13th – PRE-SYMPOSIUM EVENT

8:15 AM
Opening registration for the Reverse Trade Fair

9:00 AM
Welcome from Emcee Mel Wong, President and CEO, BioAlberta

9:05 AM
Welcome from Honorable Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing

9:10 AM
Opening remarks from Gary Faulkner, PhD, Peng, Director, Rehabilitation Research, Innovation & Technology Development

9:25 AM
Presentations from caregivers and accompanying discussions, which will allow the technology sector to test their technological innovations against civil society’s needs related to seniors’ health

10:35 AM
Closing remarks from the Government of Alberta

10:45 AM
Facilitated networking session with our caregiver presenters and Reverse Trade Fair attendees to foster partnerships and further develop innovative solutions for caregiving challenges presented at the event

11:45 AM to 12:45 PM
Networking luncheon with an awards presentation from University of Calgary’s Campus Alberta Neuroscience

Wednesday, November 13th – SYMPOSIUM

11:00 AM
Registration opens for the Vision 2030 for Seniors Services Symposium

12:45 PM – 12:50 PM
Welcome and introduction – goals of Vision 2030 for Seniors Services Symposium (Linda Stanger, President, Alberta Association on Gerontology)

12:50 PM – 1:20 PM
Opening remarks


1:20 PM – 1:55 PM
Responding to the Challenge of Aging - The Canadian AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence (Dr. Andrew Sixsmith, Co-Director of AGE-WELL, and Professor and Director of Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University)

Dr. Andrew Sixsmith Presentation

1:55 PM – 2:30 PM
What matters most for seniors health in Alberta (Dr. Adrian Wagg, Scientific Director and Dr. Heather Hanson, Assistant Scientific Director of Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network™)

Dr. Adrian Wagg and Dr. Heather Hanson Presentation

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Nutrition break

2:45 PM – 3:20 PM
The changing needs of a new generation of older adults (Corinne Schalm, Executive Director of Continuing Care, Alberta Health)

Corinne Schalm Presentation

3:20 PM – 3:55 PM
Supporting family carers. International discourses, Canadian evidence and a vision for public policy (Dr. Norah Keating, Professor, Swansea University, UK, Professor and Co-director Research on Ageing, Policies and Practice, Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta)

Dr. Norah Keating Presentation

3:55 PM – 4:30 PM
Role of technology in helping seniors be independent (Dr. Lili Liu, Dean, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo)

Dr. Lili Liu Presentation

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Networking reception

Thursday, November 14th – SYMPOSIUM

7:00 AM – 8:10 AM
Coffee and breakfast

8:10 AM – 8:15 AM
Welcome and introduction (Linda Stanger, President, Alberta Association on Gerontology)

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Indigenous Seniors/Elders – Considerations for our most valuable resource (Carol Carifelle-Brzezicki RSW MHS)

Carol Carifelle-Brzezicki Presentation

8:45 AM – 9:35 AM
Long range reform of the British health system: the National Health Service’s Long Term Plan (Tim Gardner, Senior Policy Fellow, The Health Foundation, UK)

Tim Gardner Presentation

9:35 AM – 9:50 AM
Nutrition break


Session One
9:50 AM – 11:00 AM
Knowing and not doing is the same as not knowing – three terms that non-profit know but do not do: partnerships, sustainability and engagement (Dr. Haidong Liang, Executive Director, Westend Seniors Activity Centre)

Dr. Haidong Liang Presentation

The Long Term Care population in 2030 and upstream implications (Dr. Carole Estabrooks, Professor & Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Knowledge Translation, Faculty of Nursing; Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta)

Dr. Carole Estabrooks Presentation

Session Two
9:50 AM – 11:00 AM
Addressing social isolation: experience from an Edmonton collaborative (Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council)


Session One
11:00 AM –12:10 AM
Transforming the Alberta health system to meet the needs of an aging population (James L. Silvius BA(Oxon) MD FRCPC, Provincial Medical Director, Seniors Health AHS and Senior Medical Director, Seniors Health SCN)

James L. Silvius Presentation

Improving the quality of life and care of persons living with dementia and their caregivers (Dr. David B. Hogan, Professor and Academic Lead, Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, University of Calgary)

Dr. David B. Hogan Presentation

Session Two
11:00 AM –12:10 PM
How can we better meet the unmet transportation needs of seniors in urban, rural, and remote areas of Alberta?

Discussion with:

How can we better meet the unmet transportation needs of seniors in urban, rural, and remote areas of Alberta - Presentation

Drive Happiness Presentation

Session Three
11:00 AM – 12:10 PM
How do we integrate the medical model of healthcare with community based social services?

Discussion with:

  • Karen McDonald, Executive Director, Sage Seniors Association
  • Lawrence Braul, Chief Executive Officer, Trinity Place Foundation of Alberta
  • Carol Anderson, RN, BScN, Executive Director, Continuing Care, Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services
  • Carol Carifelle-Brzezicki RSW MHS, Provincial Director, North Population, Public and Indigenous Health, Indigenous Health Program

Panel - Integrating Medical Model with Social Services Presentation

12:10 PM – 1:00 PM


Session One
1:00 PM – 2:20 PM
Improving Seniors Services to Meet the Needs of Canada’s Diverse Immigrant and Ethnocultural Communities (Dr. Jordana Salma, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta)

Dr. Jordana Salma Presentation

Report on current status, gaps and issues of current seniors’ services in Alberta and possible future solutions:

Gaps Issues and Opportunities in Seniors’ Services in Alberta Presentation

Session Two
1:00 PM – 2:10 PM
Seniors centres are part of the solution: how senior centres play a role in healthy aging in Alberta (Monica Morrison, Executive Director of Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre and President of Alberta Association of Senior Centres)

Monica Morrison Presentation

Session Three
1:00 PM – 2:10 PM
Workshop on Dementia Friendly Communities (The Brenda Strafford Foundation)

Dementia Friendly Communities Presentation


2:20 PM – 2:35 PM
Report on current status, gaps and issues of current seniors’ services in Alberta possible future solutions (Dr. Susan Slaughter, President, Calgary Chapter, Alberta Association on Gerontology)

Dr. Susan Slaughter Presentation

2:35 PM – 3:20 PM
Panel discussion by experts on Vision 2030 for Seniors Services


  • Dr. Adrian Wagg, Scientific Director for Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network
  • Tim Gardner, Senior Policy Fellow, The Health Foundation, UK
  • Dr. Sheree Kwong See, Alberta Seniors Advocate
  • Dr. Norah Keating, Professor, Swansea University, UK and Professor and Co-director Research on Ageing Policies and Practice, Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta

3:20 PM – 4:30 PM
Discussions by participants on the vision for seniors service for 2030

4:30 PM – 4:40 PM
Summary and next steps (Linda Stanger)