General Information

About the Host Organization

The Conference is hosted by the Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre (GRC). The GRC was established in 1982 with a mandate to conduct, foster and facilitate research on individual and population aging. Its research is organized around six thematic areas: Aging and the Built Environment; Changing Demography and Lifestyles; Culture and Aging; Population Health and Aging; Prevention of Victimization and Exploitation of Older Persons; & Technology and Aging. The associated Department of Gerontology, established in 1983, offers PhD and Masters degrees, a post-baccalaureate diploma and an undergraduate minor.

Conference History

This conference is the 31st offering in the John K. Friesen Conference Series in Gerontology. 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. Click here for information about previous conferences in the series.                     

Goals of the Conference

Goals of the conference are to highlight current issues in care of older adults and what is being done nationally, regionally and locally to address them. As well, the conference aims to provide a forum for experts,  public, private & non-profit agencies and organizations, and individuals to express their opinion of the progress made  to date in addressing the issues and to identify remaining gaps. Join us on May 23 & 24 and make your voice heard.

Who Should Attend

This conference will be of interest to people aged 55+, their families and advocates; health and social care providers; administrators; policy makers; housing and long-term care providers, managers and regulators; urban and regional planners; lawyers and notaries; gerontology and geriatrics educators, researchers and students.


English is the language of the conference.

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