The 16th annual Geriatric Services Conference “Connect.  Collaborate. Create.” held on April 12th, 2019 was an energizing day. The event brought together 300 interdisciplinary health care professionals, researchers, representatives of patients and family partners and volunteers. We thank all who joined us from across and outside the province, as well as participants in the Satellite Streaming Centres.  

Our international speakers noted the focus on “connection” and “collaboration” as a unique opportunity to share their areas of research and practice with participants and with each other.  Workshops covered a wide array of interactive and engaging topics.  Knowledge sharing and networking abounded in the poster presentation area – where current research studies and quality improvement initiatives from western Canada were displayed. 

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 (2 presentations)
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
Article: When patients choose to live at risk: What is an ethical approach to intervention?
Video: Interview with Jenny Young
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: Sensory Health and Aging Well
M. Kathleen Pichora-Fuller, PhD

Workshop Descriptions  

Learning Objectives for Individual Sessions