We are pleased to announce the 16th Annual Geriatric Services Conference, which is taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building (Level M ) at 999 Canada Place on April 12, 2019

The theme this year is Connect. Collaborate. Create. Presentations and workshops led by respected researchers and clinicians will include dialogue on current and emerging best practices, culture of care transformation, and key ethical and legal issues affecting seniors.  This conference is an opportunity for networking and collaboration in an inspiring atmosphere for approximately 250 interdisciplinary health care professionals from from across the province. 

Visiting Faculty 


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Ethics and Lived Stories
Grant Gillett, MSc, MB, ChB(Auck), DPhil(Oxf), FRACS, FRSNZ
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Changing the Stories in Elder Care
Carole Estabrooks, CM, PhD, RN, FCAHS, FAAN
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Promoting Healthy Cognitive Aging with Physical Exercise: An Update 
Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT
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Hearing Loss and Health Risks
Kathleen Pichora-Fuller, PhD
(NOTE: the first 2 minutes at start of talk missed due to technical issue)
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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION (Interactive Session)
Conversations with Speakers
Interviewer: Peter McKnight, PhD
Panel: Grant Gillett, MSc, MB, ChB(Auck), DPhil(Oxf), FRACS, FRSNZ
and M. Kathleen Pichora-Fuller, PhD
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A1  Substance Use Disorders among Older Adults: New Guidelines
Ashok Krishnamoorthy, MD, MRCPsych, FRCPC, ABAM, M.S (Neuro Psych) and Gerrit Clements, JD

A2  Mindfulness in Seniors Health Care: A New Tool in the Toolbox
Elisabeth Drance, MD, FRCPC

A3  Deciding for Others: The Ethics of Substitute Decision Making
Jocelyn Chase, BSc, MD, FRCPC

A4  From Westworld to Dementia Care:  Co-creating the Future of Socially Assistive Robots
Julie Robillard, PhD

B1  Frailty: Let’s Keep the Discussion Going
Martha Spencer, MD, FRCPC

B2  Collaboration … Co-creation
Lillian Hung, RN, PhD; Cindy Liu, MD; Evan Woldum, MD; Christine Wallsworth, Family Partner; Mario Gregorio, Patient Partner

B3  Right to Live at Risk
Jenny Young, MSW, MA and Gerrit Clements, JD

B4  The Brain Health and Wellness Project: Practical Tools for Promoting
Brain Health and Wellness at the Frontlines of Care
Paul Blackburn, MD, FRCPC

Plenary Panel: Creating the Future
Tom Bailey, MD, CCFP, FCFP; Elisabeth Drance, MD, FRCPC
and Fiona Dalton, BA(Hons.), ScD

Evening Session: Public Presentation
Sensory Health and Aging Well
M. Kathleen Pichora-Fuller, PhD

Workshop Descriptions  

Learning Objectives for Individual Sessions