"Social Isolation to Inclusion"

This conference addressed the issue of seniors isolation from a variety of perspectives - micro, meso and macro; individual to society. Among topics covered ageism, the lack of affordable housing that is plaguing Canada's big cities, and ways in which social isolation render older adults vulnerable to victimization by persons in a position where there is an expectation of trust (elder abuse, neglect) as well as to mass media exploitation.  Innovations in policy and practice were discussed - that is, ways in which we as a society can help people to move from isolation to inclusion or prevent isolation from happening in the first place.

Program  ||  Speaker Bios  || Poster Abstracts

 

FRIESEN CONFERENCE DAY 1 - MAY 16, 2018

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

Andrew Wister, Director, SFU Gerontology Research Centre & Friesen Conference Chair

Rosalyn Kaplan, Director, Continuing Studies Liberal Arts and Adults 55+ Program

 

 

Keynote 

Identifying, Measuring and Targeting Loneliness in Older Communities and How Campaigning Can Achieve a Step Change in Awareness

 

Angela Kitching, Head, External Affairs, Age UK

 

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Powerpoint

 

Panel 1: "The Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Seniors (SILAS) Project: Final Report from the City of Vancouver Seniors' Advisory Committee"

 

Eddy Elmer (Convener), Carol Ann Young, Anthony Kupferschmidt, Andrew Wister

 

Powerpoint

Panel 2: “Allies in Aging: A Collective Impact Initiative to Reduce Seniors Isolation”

 

 

Mariam Larson, Backbone Lead, Allies in Aging (Convener) Stephanie Williams, Kimberly Barwich, Claudine Matlo, Joanne Franko, Wynona Giannasi

 



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Panel 3: Housing and Living Arrangements in Later Life and Their Influence on Social Connectedness

 

 

 


Chair: Habib Chaudhury, Chair, Department of Gerontology SFU

“National Housing Strategy Funding Overview and Support for Seniors Oriented Housing”

Andrew Middleton, Affordable Housing Consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

“Inclusive Environmental Design and Social Considerations”

Elizabeth Tang, Knowledge Transfer Consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

 

 

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Panel 4: “Retirement Communities: Abundant Opportunities That Help End Isolation”

 

Sylvia Ceacero, MBA, MA, CEO BC Seniors Living Association (Convener), Marc Kinna, Marian Heemskerk, Charles and Marjorie Grierson Powerpoint

Panel 5: “Supporting Communities to Address Social Isolation and Increase Access to Community Supports for BC Seniors”

Kahir Lalji, MA, CPG - Provincial Director, Healthy Aging, United Way of the Lower Mainland (Convener), Barbara McMillan, Laura Kadowaki, Annwen Loverin Powerpoint


PUBLIC LECTURE:

No One Should Have No One: Tackling Loneliness Together

 

Angela Kitching | Head, External Affairs, Age UK

 

Powerpoint

FRIESEN CONFERENCE DAY 2 - MAY 17, 2018

Panel 6: “The Compassionate City: De-Isolating Dying, Death, & Loss in New Westminster, BC

 

Brock Nicholson, Founding Member & Board Director, New West Hospice Society (Convener), Eman Hassan, Laura Cherrille, Heather Mohan, John Stark 

 

Powerpoint

 

 

Panel 7: “Building a Dementia-friendly Province: Inclusion Throughout the Journey”

 

Maria Howard, CEO, Alzheimer Society of BC (Convener), Heather Cowie, Carol Ann Young, Mario Gregoria, Jan Robson

 

Powerpoint

Panel 8: Diversity and Social Isolation



 

Gloria Gutman (Convener), Sharon Koehn, Cass Elliott, Delphine Labbe, Paul Mick

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