Gerontology Research Centre (GRC) organizes two annual community engagement events: John K. Friesen Conference and Ellen M Gee Lecture. Follow us on twitter @sfugero to receive updates on future events!

Friesen Conference Series

John K. Friesen contributed vision and leadership wherever he lived and worked. In British Columbia, he has a distinguished record of public service with many organization and as a major contributor to the Gerontology Research Centre's research, training, and information dissemination activities. He established the John K. Friesen Conference in Gerontology to provide an important source of professional development to those working with seniors and to act as a catalyst for new research. 

Ellen M. Gee Memorial Lecture

Dr. Ellen Gee, one of Canada's most distinguished social demographers, feminists and gerontologists passed away suddenly in November 20012. To commemorate her accomplishments, an endowment fund has been established with an initial $5000 contribution from university to support the Ellen M. Gee Memorial Lecture Series in Gerontology. 


“Healthy aging: The interface of sensory, cognitive and social factors”

A common goal of gerontologists, including health professionals and policy makers, is to promote successful aging. Active engagement in communication and social interaction can help to achieve successful aging. However, successful aging can be challenged by sensory loss and by other chronic health conditions, notably cognitive impairment or dementia, that can interact with sensory loss to compromise communication and social interaction. (Read More...)

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Donations to support these events can be made to the Ellen M. Gee Memorial Lectures  or Friesen Conference Series in Gerontology Fund at the following address:

Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre
SFU Vancouver Campus
2800-515 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3