issues and experts

B.C. Seniors’ Week 2017: SFU experts for commentary

June 02, 2017

As British Columbia prepares to celebrate Seniors’ Week 2017, these SFU experts are available to provide commentary on various issues relating to our aging population.

Gloria Gutman, professor emerita and founder of both SFU's Gerontology department and Gerontology Research Centre, can speak to the growth of aging the population in Canada, ageism, housing for seniors, and long-term senior care. In addition, she can discuss elder abuse and the need for seniors to protect themselves against scams targeting the elderly.


Sharon Koehn, gerontology, has extensive experience with immigrant seniors issues and can speak to the importance of understanding the diversity among them, the common structural barriers they face in accessing health and other support services, the support they provide to their families and communities and ways in which we can all learn from their incredible resilience.


Dan Levitt, gerontology, can speak on various aspects of seniors and aging, which includes rethinking the role of seniors in society, ageism, the business of longevity, healthy aging, dementia and aged friendly cities.  In addition, he can speak on the seniors care and housing sector as well as innovative models for residential living and the role of technology enabling seniors to age in their community.

604.341.0045/604.859.8715 (ext. 102),

Justin Wong, University Communications, 778.782.3035/778.782.5151,