Community Care and Supports for Older Adults: Inclusion, Innovation & Integration

Chairperson: Andrew Wister

The 31st John K. Friesen Conference entitled “Community Care and Supports for Older Adults: Inclusion, Innovation and Integration.” The conference aims to provide information enabling our society to address cutting-edge issues and new opportunities to enhance community care and support systems targeting a rapidly aging population. Some of the emerging themes include social prescribing, care and integration of community and health care systems, applications to age-friendly communities, and examination of facilitators and barriers to enhanced care, such as ageism, declining economic security, marginalization, and technological literacy and its age-related divides. Social prescribing builds on community and healthcare integration by focusing explicitly on the access and alignment of services to meet the assessed needs of individuals and communities. Highlights include keynote addresses; topical panel discussions, symposia, and poster displays presented by local, national, and international speakers representing community organizations, NGOs, government, and academic sectors.

Program  |  Speaker Bios  |  Poster Abstracts 

Day 2 – May 24, 2024

Keynote Address 

Chair: Andrew Wister, Professor and Director, SFU Gerontology Research Centre

Social Prescribing in Manitoba: Innovation in Community Connection

Michael Routledge, Manitoba Association of Senior Communities

Kathy Henderson, Manitoba Association of Senior Communities


Chair: Gloria Gutman, Professor Emerita, SFU Department of Gerontology 

Innovative, Inclusive and Empowering Programs Offered by BC Community Centres and Neighbourhood Houses

Grace Hann & Susan Lowe, South Vancouver Seniors Network

Meeka Marsolais, West End Seniors' Network

Michael Volker, 411 Seniors Centre