20th John K. Friesen Conference 2011

Growing Old in a Changing Climate:
Exploring the Interface Between Population Aging and Global Warming

24-25 May 2011

Conference Program

The global climate 2001 – 2010: A decade of climate extremes. SUMMARY REPORT [World Meteorological Organization, 2013]

Population aging and climate change are two of the biggest challenges facing humanity this century. The 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) report states “There is now a strong, global scientific consensus that warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and is caused by human activity..” and resulting changes in weather patterns are “disrupting the balance of natural systems that supply the necessities of life”, namely air, water, food. At the same time, globally the proportion of people aged 60 and over is growing faster than any other age group. We saw glimpses of the disastrous effects of climate change on older adults after the 2003 heat-waves in Europe where the majority of deaths and morbidity occurred in older adults. More recently, the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health authorities recorded an additional 131 “all cause, all age” deaths during a particularly warm weather interval July 27-August 3, 2009, compared to the same calendar period 2004-2008. Most of these additional deaths were people aged 65 or older, but equally alarming is the fact that the greatest proportional increase in deaths was in the 45-65 age group (the “baby boomers”). However, extreme heat events are only one threat to human health from climate change. Warmer winters are also expected to bring increased precipitation, more severe and more frequent storms which can affect water supplies and sanitation. A Pacific Institute for Climate Change Solutions discussion paper emphasizes the need to focus attention on vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and those in sub-optimal health and socio-economic status, where climate change could have a de-stabilizing effect.

 

PRE-CONFERENCE INVITATIONAL, MAY 24TH, 2011
THINK-TANK ON GROWING OLD IN A CHANGING CLIMATE
SESSION 1 GLOBAL WARMING AND POPULATION AGING: DEFINING THE PROBLEMS
Andrew Sixsmith / Stewart Cohen / Peter Berry / John Stone /
VIDEO
SESSION 2 INEQUITIES AND VULNERABILITY OF OLDER ADULTS TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Kathy Sykes / Gloria Gutman / Michael Weston /  
VIDEO
SESSION 3 BEHAVIOUR AND ATTITUDINAL RESPONSES TO CLIMATE CHANGE: LIVED EXPERIENCES AND PERSPECTIVES OF OLDER ADULTS
Gary Haq / Lisa Brown / George Tokesky / Conrad Guelke / Michael Weston
VIDEO
SESSION 4 INNOVATIVE METHODS AND NEW COLLABORATIONS FOR INFORMING PRACTICE AND POLICY ON AGING POPULATIONS WITHIN CHANGING CLIMATES: SEEKING THE SOLUTIONS
Stephen Sheppard / Anastasia Rogaeva / Larry Frank / Jennifer Pouliotte
VIDEO

 

FRIESEN CONFERENCE DAY 1, MAY 25TH, 2011

 

OPENING REMARKS
AND
WELCOME

Dr. Andrew Sixsmith,
Conference Chair, Simon Fraser University, Gerontology Research Centre

Dr. Laurie Anderson,
Executive Director of Simon Fraser University Vancouver Campus

Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid,
Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors to the Minister of Health

WELCOME VIDEO

(30 second start delay)

SESSION

SPEAKER

AFFILIATION

POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

Video

KEYNOTE 1

Dr. Carlos Corvalán

Senior Advisor in Risk Assessment and Global Environmental Change, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/WHO, Washington, DC, USA

A global perspective on the interface between climate change and population aging

KEYNOTE 1 VIDEO

(30 second start delay)

PANEL SESSION 1

Defining the Issues: Climate Science, Health and Gerontological Perspectives

Dr. John Stone

Carlton University, Ottawa, Canada

Climate change and the threat to an aging population

PANEL SESSION 1 VIDEO

(30 second start delay)

Dr. Gloria Gutman

Simon Fraser University, Gerontology Research Centre, Vancouver, Canada

Global aging: Key elements of the demographic transition

George Tokesky

Hospice by the Sea, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, USA

Impact of climate change on the most vulnerable of older populations

PANEL SESSION 2

Mitigation and Prevention Strategies: Lessons Learned on the Front Lines

Dr. Lisa Brown

University of South Florida, Department of Aging and Mental Health Disparities, Tampa, FL, USA

Challenges encountered by older adults when seeking safe shelter pre-disaster and receiving intervention post-disaster

PANEL SESSION 2 VIDEO

(30 second start delay)

Dr. Tom Kosatsky

British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Environmental Health Services, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Research to support public health action on heat and health

Michael Weston

Servision, Inc., Miami, FL, USA

Taking command of the obvious

Kathy Sykes

Environmental Protection Agency, Aging Initiative, Washington, DC, USA

Mitigating climate change and the short and long term benefits of acting now

KEYNOTE 2

Dr. Peter Berry

Senior Policy Advisor, Health Canada, Climate Change and Health Office, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Climate change and health of an aging Canadian population: Adaptation frameworks and strategies for risk reduction

KEYNOTE 2 VIDEO

(30 second start delay)

FREE PUBLIC LECTURE
Dr. Carlos Corvalán Senior Advisor in Risk Assessment and Global Environmental Change, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/WHO, Washington, DC, USA Climate Change and Health: Acting to Reduce Risks and Vulnerabilities

VIDEO

(30 second start delay)

 

FRIESEN CONFERENCE DAY 2, MAY 26TH, 2011

 

SESSION

SPEAKER

AFFILIATION

POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

Video

 

PANEL SESSION 3

 

Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Aging Populations

Dr. Stephen Sheppard

University of British Columbia, The Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), Vancouver, BC, Canada

New tools and processes for aging visionaries: Elders as agents of change in the community

PANEL SESSION 3 VIDEO

(30 second start delay)

Jennifer Pouliotte

British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Climate Action Secretariat

Preparing for change: Climate action in British Columbia

Dr. Matthew White

Simon Fraser University, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Global warming, aging and environmental physiology

KEYNOTE 3

Dr. Gary Haq

Senior Research Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York, Heslington, York, UK

Age of climate change: Opportunities and risks of climate change for an ageing population

KEYNOTE 3 VIDEO

(30 second start delay)

PANEL SESSION 4

 

Preparing Aging Populations for Climate Change in British Columbia and Beyond

Dr. Larry Frank

University of British Columbia, School of Population and Public Health, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Built environment, health and how old you are: A view across the life span

PANEL SESSION 4 VIDEO

(30 second start delay)

Dr. Michael Brauer

University of British Columbia, School of Population and Public Health, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Climate change, air quality and chronic disease: Prospects for adaptation through urban design

Dr. Aleck Ostry

University of Victoria, Faculty of Social Sciences, Victoria, BC, Canada

Climate change in BC: Implications for seniors

Dr. Tim Takaro

Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Special challenges for public health with climate change and aging populations: Waterborne illness

CLOSING REMARKS

Dr. Andrew Sixsmith,
Conference Chair, Simon Fraser University, Gerontology Research Centre

 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

PAPER SESSION 1

Low carbon, high energy: Towards active ageing in sustainable neighbourhoods / R Bond

UK policy and practice for sustainable public services in the context of an ageing population / S Evans

Age-friendly cities and climate change resistant cities: A research on synergies / J Hu

PAPER SESSION 2

Climate change effects on human mortality in Tehran, Iran / Anuchehr Ar Aj Zadeh

Why do elders of ethnic communities avoid social activities / VK Mago; V Dabbaghian; P Borwein

Ageing in Greece in an evolving environment of changing climate / K Nikoli

Assessing the vulnerability of older adults to climate change / J Gamble; P Schultz; B Hurley; W Jaglom

PAPER SESSION 3

Heat awareness and response in senior populations in British Columbia / KL Bassil; T Kosatsky; H Moffatt

Shifts in mortality during a hot weather event in the BC Lower Mainland: A case-only anaysis / SB Henderson; T Kosatsky; SL Pollock

Elderly population mortality associated with apparent temperature in metro Vancouver / G Krstic

Housing, homelessness and hot weather: The impact of heat waves on the most vulnerable elderly / PH Stephenson

SYMPOSIA

A provider-targeted e-learning response to the triple threat of frailty, dementia and disasters / M Gibson

A community development response to increase awareness about emergency preparedness among older adults / G Gutman; M Kloseck; M Gibson; L Cox

An inter-generational bridging response to the need for more resilient communities / SL MacKenzie

Ageing, climate change, health and well-being: The possibilities of narrative inquiry / C Phoenix

Heat stress and cardiovascular strain in the elderly / WL Kenny

Elderly responses to heat stress and strategies for adaptation to warm climates / MD White

Supporting communities in responding to aging populations and climate change: Federal, provincial and local perspectives / Health Canada

Supporting communities to respond to extreme heat / A Rogaeva

The effect of climate on falls and fall related injuries / F. Feldman

Information and communication technologies for seniors / U Glasser

Assisstive technology and climate change / B Mortenson

Technology, climate change and aging / A Sixsmith

The role of telecare in supporting formal carers: Implications for the management of COPD / R Woolrych

RESOURCES:

1 - HEAT ALERT AND RESPONSE SYSTEMS TO PROTECT HEALTH

2 - COMMUNICATING THE HEALTH RISKS OF EXTREME HEAT EVENTS

3 - IT’S WAY TOO HOT: PROTECT YOURSELF FROM EXTREME HEAT

4 - KEEP CHILDREN COOL: PROTECT YOUR CHILD FROM EXTREME HEAT

5 - YOU’RE ACTIVE IN THE HEAT. YOU’RE AT RISK. PROTECT YOURSELF FROM EXTREME HEAT

6 - EXTREME HEAT EVENTS GUIDELINES: TECHNICAL GUIDE FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS

7 - EXTREME HEAT EVENTS GUIDELINES: USER GUIDE FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATORS

8 - ACUTE CARE DURING EXTREME HEAT: RECOMMENDATIONS AND INFORMATION FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS

9 - COMMUNITY CARE DURING EXTREME HEAT: ILLNESS PREVENTION AND PRELIMINARY CARE

10 - HEALTH FACILITIES PREPARATION FOR EXTREME HEAT: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RETIREMENT AND CARE FACILITY MANAGERS

11 - ADAPTING TO EXTREME HEAT EVENTS: GUIDELINES FOR ASSESSING HEALTH VULNERABILITY

12 - GLOBAL AGEING AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE: ATTITUDES, RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES / Gary Haq, Carolyn Snell, Gloria Gutman and David Brown