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RIAF Webinar – Ageing Well

March 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



The great majority of seniors want to age well and in place, in homes and communities they can call their own. They want to be able to choose where they live and the structure of their living arrangements. Far too many Canadian seniors get placed where they do not want to be and do not age well. Many remain in alternative level of care beds in hospitals for long periods and are then placed in long-term care homes. Between one-in-nine and one-in-five seniors in LTC facilities could do well with home care, a living arrangement that would suit them better and be a lot less expensive for them and society.

Post-pandemic reviews of long-term care facilities need to consider a broader context. They must embrace and deliver on what seniors want. They must recognize the coming surge in seniors, especially of older cohorts.

The number of seniors increased by 4.2 million over the past 38 years. Over the next 22 years Canada will need to accommodate the needs of another 4.2 million, of whom 82 percent will be 75 years of age and older, sharply increasing the median age and with it the complexity and cost of seniors’ care.”

Source:  Ageing Well. Drummond D, Sinclair CM, Bergen R, COVID-19 Health Policy Working Group. Queen’s University, 2020

Presenter Bio: Don Drummond

Don Drummond
Adjunct Professor & Stauffer-Dunning Fellow, School of Policy Studies
Queen’s University
Don Drummond is the Stauffer-Dunning Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. In 2011-12, he served as Chair for the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services. Its final report, released in February 2012, contained nearly four hundred recommendations to provide Ontarians with excellent and affordable public services. 

Mr. Drummond previously held a series of progressively more senior positions in the areas of economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy and tax policy during almost 23 years with Finance Canada. His last three positions were respectively Assistant Deputy Minister of Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Tax Policy & Legislation and most recently, Associate Deputy Minister. In the latter position he was responsible for economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations and coordinated the planning of the annual federal budgets.

He subsequently was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for the TD Bank (2000-2010), where he took the lead with TD Economics’ work in analyzing and forecasting economic performance in Canada and abroad.  For Canada, this work was conducted at the city, provincial, industrial and national levels. TD Economics also analyzes the key policies which influence economic performance, including monetary and fiscal policies. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria and holds an M.A. (Economics) from Queen’s University.  He has honorary doctorates from Queen’s and the University of Victoria and is a member of the Order of Ontario. 

Presenter Bio: Duncan G. Sinclair

Duncan G. Sinclair
Fellow, School of Policy Studies
Queen’s University

Professor emeritus of Physiology, Dr. Sinclair was Queen’s Dean of Arts and Science (1974-83), Director General of Program Operations of the Medical Research Council of Canada (1983-4), Queen’s Vice-Principal Institutional Relations (1984-6), Operations (1986-8), Health Sciences and Dean, Faculty of Medicine (1988-96). After retiring, he Chaired Ontario’s Health Services Restructuring Commission (1996-2000), served on the Boards of a number of health-related National, Provincial, and local Organizations, and continues, with Dr. David Walker, to teach a course in the School of Policy Studies on Canadian health policy.

Webinar Recording

Webinar Resources

The Queen’s School of Policy Studies link to the 2020 Report: Ageing Well:

Online Journal: The Conversation article: Enabling better aging: The 4 things seniors need, and the 4 things that need to change