Knowledge Exchange

Aging: Are We Doing It Right? CSAH 2016 Conference

Thank you to those who were able to join us in an exploration of a variety of topics with a focus on aging at Donald Gordon Conference Centre in Kingston ON.  Below are pdf copies of speaker presentations and other related resources.  

Video links:

Humanitas Student Housing
A video about a Residential and Care Center Humanitas, a long term care facility in Deventer in the eastern part of the Netherlands which has incorporated a model to benefit students and center residents. Students live rent free in exchange for spending 30 hours per month acting as good neighbour.  Closed captioned in english.

Dementia Friendly Community - Bracknell Forest Joint Commissioning Strategy for Dementia
A short video is about a community in UK who have developed and implemented a dementia strategy to help community organizations and businesses to understand dementia and know how to help those with dementia and their care providers to feel safe and welcome in their community.

Building Age-Friendly Communities - Samir Sinha
A Tedx Talk presentation by Dr. Samir Sinha on “Building Age - Friendly Communities: Pipe Dreams or Possibilities”. Dr. Sinha talks about the fact that we are living longer than ever before and the benefits of developing Age Friendly Communities as a way of enabling people to age in place.


Keynote: Images of Aging: Ageism, Anti-Aging and Anti-Ageism 
Dr. Stephen Katz, Trent University
Gerontologists, activists, community workers and policy-makers predict the twenty-first century is one of unprecedented, positive aging in a post-traditional era. Their forecast is accompanied by popular imagery promoting activity, autonomy, mobility, independence and ageless lifestyles. This presentation reviewed this imagery from a critical perspective that ties it to current neoliberal health agendas, retirement industries and consumer culture where growing older without aging is idealized.

Community Integration Following Stroke: Supporting the Journey
Gwen Brown, Regional Communtiy & LTC Coordinator, the Stoke Network of Southeastern Ontario
This presentation is about a broad community consultation begun in April 2015 to identify priority areas for change that would support community reintegration following a stroke

Aging with an Intellectual and Developmental Disability: Home-Care, Long-term Care and Frailty
Katherine McKenzie - Dept of Public Health Sciences, Queen's University 
Katerine presented on behalf of herself, Helene Ouellette-Kuntz and Lynn Martin.  This presentation described how this population experiences aging and uses aging services.  Click the title above to link to an article related to this presentation or see for more information.

Technology to Support Aging in Place
Pat Spadafora, Sheridan Center for Elder Research
This presentation gave a snapshot of studies conducted by the Centre for Elder Research that focus on the ways in which technology can enhance the lives of older adults to support healthy aging. In addition, she discussed promising technologies and led a conversation with participants about the balance between 'touch and technology’. The Centre enables researchers to go from “lab to life”TM with its consumer driven focus and emphasis on knowledge translation.

Sexuality and Aging > New threads later in life: supporting LGBTQ older adults in their care
Celeste Pang, University of Toronto
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer older adults have unique needs and desires when it comes to later and end of life care. Based on ethnographic research and a critical social science perspective, this talk focused upon how we, as healthcare professionals, service providers, and fellow community members can support and care for LGBTQ persons aging in Ontario today.

Age-Friendly Communities: Creating a Culture of Exchange in Ontario
Sarah Webster, Centre for Studies in Aging & Health
During this presentation, Sarah drew on her role as the Ontario age-friendly communities Knowledge Broker to provide a brief snapshot of current literature about age-friendly communities and share some trends, successes and common challenges emerging from 70+ communities across Ontario who are engaged in age-friendly work.

Living Well with Dementia 
David Webster, Program  Manager, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario
People living with dementia and their care partners, isolated from their communities, want change. David Webster shared how the Alzheimer Society is taking an active role in helping individuals and families impacted by dementia to live well, by empowering individuals, building communities and strengthening systems. It is time now for the complete community, individual and group stakeholders, to collaborate in making dementia friendly communities a reality – educate, engage, create a vision, set goals, and commit to action.

OASIS – Promoting Independent Living
Christine McMillan, Senior's Advocate,  OASIS
Oasis was conceived as a community-driven initiative designed by seniors, for seniors. The OASIS program helps support groups that wish to create a group supportive living residence. Christine talked about this onsite retirement type living designed to address isolation, nutrition and physical fitness issues and is an alternative to the higher cost of retirement residences.

Social Policy as a Means to Better Health
Tara Kainer, Community Organizer & Educator, Sisters of Providence
The evidence is in. Inequality kills. Income differences have devastating physical and social effects. The social determinants of health such as income, education, employment, housing and food security, more than any other factors, have an impact on whether we get ill or stay well. Those living on low incomes cannot afford post-secondary educations, nutritious food, suitable housing. What options are available to those surviving on low-incomes to protect and improve their health?

Fear of Falling in Older Adults with Diabetes
Patricia Hewston, MScOT, PhD Candidate, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University
This presentation explored the prevalence and impact of the fear of falling in those with Diabetes.

Is the future physiotherapy workforce prepared for the population ageing?
Micheal Kalu, The School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University
This presentation included a  scoping review of literature to explore attitudes of physiotherapy students towards working with older adults.

Values-Based Advance Care Planning
Rev. Dr. Neil Elford, Providence Care
Healthy aging includes clarifying one’s values and ensuring that conversations in your significant relationships enable others to know what is important and sacred to you. Advance Care Planning facilitates healthy acknowledgement of one’s aging process by facing anxieties about one’s uncertain future, clarifying one’s preferences and envisioning a future that will match your values and hopes.

How we Talk to Older People
Michelle Hauser, Freelance Writer
In spite of a growing awareness about the dangers of ‘elder speak’, particularly in a healthcare setting, it can too often be a default method of communication for caregivers. For some patients it reinforces the very nature of compassionate care and for others it does the opposite: emphasizing weakness over strength, speaking to sickness as opposed to wellness. This talk will explore some of the pitfalls of elder speak in the care environment from a first person, patient-centred perspective.  If you are interested in Michelle providing this presentation for your group the title above links to her contact information.

Additional Related Resources 

Aging in the Biosocial Order:  Repairing Time and Cosmetic Rejuvenation in a Medical Spa Clinic by Stephen Katz and Jessica Gish

Active and Successful Aging - Lifestyle as a Gerontological Idea by Stephen Katz

Critical Perspectives on Successful Aging: Does It "Appeal More Than It Illuminates"? by Stephen Katz and Toni

Neuroculture, Active Ageing and the "Older Brain": Problems, Promises and Prospects by Simon J. Williams, Paul Higgs & Stephen Katz

A Vision and the Outcome:  De Hogeweyk presentation by Eloy van Hal