Past Conference Resources

2019 Conference Drawings

2019 Program & Videos

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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   

2018 Program & Videos

Greetings to all who participated in the 15th Annual Geriatric Services Conference, Inspiring Connections. 

It was an exciting day full of learning, sharing and networking. We heard from health care professionals, researchers, educators and members of the community that everyone felt like they belonged and had a voice. Thank you for attending and bringing your enthusiasm and energy. 

We are pleased to provide a number of videos from the program and other resources kindly shared by the speakers:

  1. Geriatric Services Conference 2018 Live Webcast
  2. Slides from Dr. Al Power ‘s opening address and workshop
  3. Information from Dr. Gemma Jones
  4. Slides from Dr. Glenn Landry's plenary address
  5. Slides from Dr. Judy Illes’s closing plenary
  6. Video of Dr. Saskia Sivananthan
  7. Slides from Dr. Leena Jain’s workshop

Best wishes,

Dr. MaryLou Harrigan, on behalf of The Conference Planning Team

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Power is an internist, geriatrician, skilled educator and published author, including his transformative book Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care. He is internationally respected for his work challenging the use of antipsychotic medications for people living with dementia. He is the Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation at Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging, and clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, New York. 

Opening Plenary: Transforming the Culture of Aged Care: Shifting Paradigms

Afternoon Workshop: Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being

View the full description of Dr. Power's keynote presentations, reviews of recent presentations & full biography.

Dr. Jones has a nursing degree from the University of British Columbia and a PhD in psychology from the University of London, Institute of Psychiatry, London, England. She has taught at a number of international universities, is recognized for her expertise in care for persons with dementia and published several books in this field. Dr. Jones is founder of the first Alzheimer Café in the UK and author of The Alzheimer Café: Why It Works.

Keynote:  Solving the Mystery of the Mouse in the Bin.

Afternoon Workshop: Visuoperceptual changes in aging and Alzheimer’s disease: Ideas for adapting care environments to help compensate for changes and cue people 

Evening Keynote:  The Alzheimer Cafes

View the full description of Dr. Jones's presentations, biography & article "Dementia care: Involving people in Alzheimer's cafes".

Dr. Sivananthan is a senior strategy and policy advisor currently consulting for the World Health Organization on its overall global dementia strategy. She works in health system development, in particular with governments on health services and policies designed to improve health for older adults with complex needs and persons with dementia.

Plenary:  Can We Be Optimistic?  The Global State of Dementia Planning. 

View the full description of Dr. Sivananthan's presentations & biography.

Dr. Glenn Landry postdoctoral research focused on circadian rhythms, sleep, aging and cognition and  whether age-related changes in sleep duration, efficiency and architecture contribute to or accelerate cognitive decline in the elderly. Glenn is now a sleep coach. 

Keynote:  Sleep Matters 

Afternoon Workshop: Sleep Matters for Shift Workers

View the full description of Dr. Landry's presentation & biography. 

Dr. Judy Illes, Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics at UBC, is Director of the National Core for Neuroethics at UBC, and faculty in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. A pioneer and eminent scholar in the field of neuroethics, she has made groundbreaking contributions to ethical, social, and policy challenges at the intersection of biomedical ethics and neuroscience, with a specific focus on aging and dementia, addiction and mental health, neuroimaging, stem cells, cross-cultural values, and the commercialization of health care.

On December 29, 2017, Dr. Illes was appointed as a Member of the Order of the Canada for her contributions to the field of neurology, including pioneering research that has highlighted the ethical, social and legal implications of advances in neuroscience.

Plenary Address:  Inspiring Hope: Global Connections

View Dr. Illes' full biography.