Special Geriatric Services (SGS) East

Special Geriatric Services (SGS) East

2021 Conference – Transforming Care: Supporting Older Adults Post-COVID in Ontario

Date: October 19-21, 2021

Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm each day

Cost: Free

Location: Online via Zoom and Slack

Audience: Ontario Health, Ontario Health Teams, Specialized Geriatric Service providers and planners.

Registration: Registration is free and live on Eventbrite!

Content: Prior to the pandemic, our health system was not effectively serving older adults with complex needs and their caregivers. We cannot simply return to the status quo; we must do better.

This three-day event is split into themed morning sessions:

  1. The Need: Older Adults with Complex & Chronic Health Conditions Including Frailty
  2. The Innovation: Integrated Care in Action
  3. The Transformation: Post-COVID Support and Recovery


The conference will include presentations and conversations about community paramedicine, GeriMed Risk, virtual care, collaborations with community support services, aging at home and how to leverage evaluations into post-recovery planning. It will offer participants actionable strategies, new connections, and a path toward transformative care for older adults and their care partners.

SGS East Conference Schedule 2021

Tuesday, October 19

  • 8:30 – 9:10 am: Welcome and Lived Experience
  • 9:45 – 10:30 am: Evidence
  • 10:30 – 11:15 am: Lessons Learned
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: What is needed to support this population?

Wednesday, October 20

  • 8:30 – 9:20 am: Lived Experience and Collaboration with CSC Sector
  • 9:20 – 10:30 am: Community Paramedicine, GeriMedRisk and GEM Fellowship
  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Concurrent sessions A (Integrated Care), B (Behavioural Supports Ontario), C (Adult Day Programs) and D (Central Intake)

Thursday, October 21

  • 8:30 – 9:00 am: Lived Experience
  • 9:00 – 10:00 am: Evidence
  • 10:15 – 11:00 am: Virtual Care
  • 11:15 am- 12:15 pm: Aging at Home
  • 12:15 – 12:30 pm: Final Remarks

Check back closer to the event to see the full listing of the agenda and speakers!



Check back after the conference for resources and recordings of the conference presentations.


Background: Check out the recording and resources from the SGS East June 2021 webinar for more background on Special Geriatric Services and the Ontario East context.

Bookmark this page and check back throughout the summer for more information!

Hosted by: This conference is hosted by Specialized Geriatric Services East, a collaborative group of clinicians and administrators supporting older adults with complex health conditions (including frailty) across Ontario Health (East).

Specialized Geriatric Services (SGS) are those services focused on older adults living with complex health conditions including frailty, distinguished by greater specialization and the use of interprofessional teams and inter-organizational collaboration in service delivery.

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