University of Waterloo Virtual Conference on Aging, COVID-19 and the Adoption of Health Technology

Conference on aging COVID-19 and the adoption of health technology.

Wednesday, March 24 - Thursday, March 25, 2021

Hosted by the School of Public Health and Health Systems (SPHHS), Network for Aging Research (NAR), and the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB), this free virtual event will take place over two afternoons and examine the promise and limits of technology to promote successful longevity by featuring a diverse group of leaders.

The speakers are aging and technology researchers, clinicians and frontline workers, members of advocacy groups, policymakers, technology officers from industry and visionaries that have implemented innovative models for supporting older adults.

Please register below. Instructions for accessing the platform will be provided prior to the conference.

If you have questions, please email the conference team.

ITINERARY At A Glance - DAY 1

ITINERARY At A Glance - DAY 2

SPEAKERS

Registration is now closed. Please email conference coordinators regarding waitlists and late registration.

If you have already registered for this event, your unique join code was/will be emailed to you from CBB cbb@uwaterloo.ca with the subject line: “Your Conference Access Link.” After you have used this unique join code to create a Brella profile, you can access the Brella platform.

If you have not received the “Your Conference Access Link” email by March 23 or if you have any issues accessing the platform, please email cbb@uwaterloo.ca.


ITINERARY March 24, 2021

The Hallman Panels: International, national and local perspectives on the impact of COVID-19 on older adults

Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC−04:00

Time

Session

1:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Introduction and welcome

Speaker: Lili Liu, University of Waterloo, Canada

1:15 - 2:20 p.m.
International perspectives on COVID-19

Moderator: Chris Perlman, University of Waterloo, Canada

Speakers:

Graziano Onder, Italian National Institute of Health, Italy

Anja Declercq, KU Leuvin, Belgium

Leon Geffen, Samson Institute for Ageing Research, South Africa

Terry Lum, University of Hong Kong

Question and answer period to follow

2:20 - 2:30 p.m.
Break
2:30 - 4:15 p.m.
The pan-Canadian impact of COVID on older adults

Moderator: Nicola Mercer, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Speakers:

Andrea Foebel, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
The pan-Canadian impact of COVID-19 on Canada’s Health Systems: highlights from CIHI data

Jennifer Walker, Laurentian University
The impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples

Carrie McAiney, University of Waterloo
The impact of COVID-19 on persons living with dementia and family care partners: challenges, well-being and resilience

Veronique Boscart, Conestoga College
Working through the COVID-19 pandemic: local experiences in health care and education

Vivek Goel, University of Toronto 
Population health perspectives on COVID-19 impacts

Question and answer period to follow

4:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Wrap up and introduction to DAY 2 events

Presenter: Paul Stolee, University of Waterloo

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
University of Waterloo students present posters on research in aging

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ITINERARY March 25, 2021

Implementing technology for healthy aging

Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC−04:00

Time

Session

1:00 - 1:10 p.m.
Introduction and welcome

Speaker: John Hirdes, University of Waterloo, Canada

1:10 - 1:40 p.m.
Keynote: William F. Forbes Lecture

The promise and limits of technology to promote successful longevity 

Speaker: Neil Charness, Florida State University  

1:40 - 2:50 p.m.
Technology to promote successful longevity and strategies for adoption

Please join us as the University of Waterloo's Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) hosts a panel of distinguished and diverse perspectives from academia, industry and government on the use of technology to promote successful longevity in older adults.

Moderator: Catherine Burns, University of Waterloo

Speakers:

Brett Belchetz, Maple
How  Maple found success moving medical visits for older adults online

Nova Syed, Office of the Treasury Board
Managing a portfolio of innovative health technologies from evidence development to system adoption

After short presentations from each speaker, they will come together for a panel discussion with pre-submitted questions, where our keynote speaker will also comment.

2:50 - 3:00 p.m.
Break
3:00 - 4:10 p.m.
Innovative models for care of older adults 

Please join us as CBB hosts a panel of innovative leaders from older adult residence and government, working to improve the models of care in Canada.

Moderator: Karim Karim, University of Waterloo

Speakers:

Josh Williams, Ministry of Health
Enabling the adoption of digital health solutions and the delivery of innovative care models

Nashir Samanani, Generations Calgary

Blending childcare and senior care in one campus to encourage high quality social interactions across generations

After short presentations from each speaker, they will come together for a panel discussion with pre-submitted questions.

4:10 - 4:15 p.m.
Conference closing and invitation to stay for networking session

Presenter: Karim Karim, University of Waterloo

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Open networking with CBB researchers and conference attendees

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Speakers

Sponsors

This conference is made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors below, with additional support from the Hallman Foundation and University of Waterloo Office of Research.

University of Waterloo School of Public Health and Health Systems logo.

Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology logo.

Network for Aging Research at the University of Waterloo logo.