How Is Grandma Really Doing? Caring for Elders in Our Community

2020, Health, Series Distant Not Disengaged

Join us and be part of a conversation about the ways we care for our elders.

The impact of COVID-19 on seniors and elders has revealed how our communities support them and, in some ways, have failed them. Indigenous, South Asian and other communities have prioritized their elders and have taken great strides to honour and protect them during COVID-19. At the same time, daily news briefings tell us of outbreaks in care facilities and gaps in the care our elders are receiving.  What can we learn from different communities’ approaches and how can we all do better at bridging generation gaps?

The pandemic has shone a spotlight on where our mainstream gaps are, how we as a society care about and care for our older generations, and where we need to improve. What are we learning about our care systems right now, and how do we incorporate improvements going forward?

Thu, 21 May 2020

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. (PT)

Online Event

Distant, Not Disengaged

Distant, Not Disengaged was created as an experimental and innovative online event series to illuminate the urgent issues and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The series was a collaboration between SFU Public Square, the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and community partner CityHive.

Watch the Series Recap


Isobel Mackenzie — Provincial Seniors Advocate

Andrew Wister — Director, SFU Gerontology Research Centre

Tony Robinson — Executive Director, Nisga’a Ts’amiks Vancouver Society

Alison Silgardo — Chief Executive Officer, Seniors Services Society of BC

Anthony Kupferschmidt — West End Seniors’ Network

Nimrita Bains — Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society

Further Reading

Distant, Not Disengaged Final Report

Learn about the series’ impact on community connection and dialogue in this report featuring testimonials, media highlights, supporting resources and more.


Distant, Not Disengaged Events