John K. Friesen Conference

The series is designed to meet the continuing education needs of agencies and individuals responsible for planning, administering and providing services to the elderly. The series embraces two of John Friesen's lifetime interests — the education of adults and the special needs of an aging population.

John Friesen was one of Canada's leading contributors to the field of adult education. In his more than forty year career, Dr. Friesen served in university extension work in Canada and overseas and was involved in enhancing the lives of older adults in many different ways — from community arts to credit unions. For his leadership role in adult education, Simon Fraser University awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 1985.

Upcoming: 29th John K. Friesen Conference (June 2, 2022 @ 9:30 AM - 3:15 PM Via Zoom)

Safer and Better: Re-Visioning Elder Care Across the Shelter-Care Continuum

The conference will begin with a discussion of facility-based Long-term Care and ways to make it safer and better. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a number of deficiencies, some relating to the physical plant and some to operations. The morning will open with a progress report on re-visioning standards. Attention will then turn to issues of staffing and to ways of ensuring not just quality care but also quality of life for residents and a positive work environment for staff. Gaps identified in home support of frail elders during the pandemic will also be discussed as well as those apparent at the mid-point of the shelter-care continuum, that is, in assisted living and in seniors housing.

After the lunch break the spotlight will turn to elder abuse - addressing in particular, the issue of resident-resident aggression. Data will be presented on the nature and extent it occurs in congregate settings across the shelter-care continuum and what can be done in the way of prevention and mitigation. As well, we will hear about findings from analysis of the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging follow-up 1 and COVID-19 survey with respect to verbal and physical conflict and other manifestations of abuse and neglect in private residences.

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