Vibrant Voices webinar series

Older adults are the fastest-growing age group in Canada. Together with our members and partners, we advocate for critical policy improvements to address urgent needs now and create a more secure and compassionate future for everyone.

This three-part series will focus on our key advocacy issues—geriatric health care, seniors strategy and environmental stewardship—and will feature experts and thought leaders in the industry.

To register, click on the title of the session(s) you would like to attend and compete the registration form in the link.

Building an elder care system that actually cares
September 15, 2021

1:00 – 2:15 pm ET

Panelist: André Picard, Globe and Mail health reporter and columnist

Health care systems have dismally failed older Canadians for decades. Andre Picard identifies solutions to the eldercare crisis.

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Saving the Forest … Saving Us
October 13, 2021

1:00 – 2:15 pm ET

Panelist: Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger, World-recognized author, medical biochemist and botanist

The natural world is under siege. That includes human life. But we can regenerate. Dr. Bereford-Kroger demonstrates how we can save the planet and ourselves and her great passion – the global forest.

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Paths to Wellness for Older Persons: Body, Mind, Spirit
November 3, 2021

1:00 – 2:15 pm ET

Panelists:
· Isobel Mackenzie, Seniors Advocate for Province of British Columbia
· Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy, Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry at Dalhousie University and Founder of the Fountain of Health Initiative for Optimal Aging

Wellness is a complex state of being. Too often eldercare addresses only bodily needs. Our speakers explore how true wellness is about body, mind and spirit working together.

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Rights of Older Persons: Support, Ratify, Demand Now

During this session, panelists will discuss the importance of supporting the United Nations Convention of the Right of Older Persons while exploring national standards for long-term care facilities. Panelists will include:

· Margaret Gillis, President, International Longevity Centre Canada
· Dr. Tamara Daly, Director, York University Centre for Aging Research and Education

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The Aging Continuum: Secure the Support Necessary for The Journey

Speakers will explore the aging continuum and the infrastructure needed to support Canadians as they age and confront health and other challenges.

Panelists may include:

· Anita Plunkett, R.P.N. Cert. Ad.Ed
· Grace Welch, Volunteer Champlain Region Family Council (CRFCN, Member Ottawa Council on Aging (COA)

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Our Earth, Our Responsibility: Take Action

Taking care of the environment is our responsibility. Webinar panelists will illustrate how to coordinate activities, accomplish goals and take action-oriented steps to help protect the planet.

Panelists may include:

· Dr. Kelly Bannister, Co-Director, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria
· Katia Bannister, Leader, Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians
· Lisa Mintz, Environmentalist, Founder Sauvons la falaise, Executive Director of UrbaNature

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If you have any questions, contact Danielle Norris, manager of marketing and communications, by email at [email protected].

We’re speaking out on 3 key issues

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Senior’s Strategy

Seniors are Canada’s fastest growing demographic. Gaps in our healthcare and social policies are creating barriers — to seniors’ independence, and to their essential role in vibrant, healthy communities and economies.

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Geriatric Healthcare

Canada’s population is aging. In 2012, almost one in seven Canadians was a senior. Now the number is more than one in six. By 2030, that will jump to nearly one in four. Our health care system (and social systems) needs to re-think how to address the rising needs of this huge demographic.

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Environmental Stewardship

Responsible use of resources, conservation, protecting our air, land and water — improving in all areas is critical to a sustainable future.

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