Dr. Kenneth Ferraro

Kenneth F. Ferraro, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and the founding Director of the Center on Aging and the Life Course at Purdue University. He is the author of 120 peer-reviewed articles focusing on health and aging. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and former editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences

Professor Ferraro's scholarly contributions appear in top journals such as American Journal of Public Health, American Sociological Review, and Journal of Gerontology.  Several of his articles won publication awards from professional societies, including the Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award from GSA. His recent book, The Gerontological Imagination: An Integrative Paradigm of Aging, identifies intellectual common ground among scholars from various disciplines studying aging.

Innovations in the Science of Aging

Recent breakthrough discoveries in the science of aging are transforming the way we think about growing older and stimulating cross-disciplinary research to optimize the aging process. In this keynote, Professor Ferraro will identify two notable discoveries:

  • The health consequences of meaningful social engagement in later life
  • Multidirectional change, including the possibility of reversing functional trajectories associated with growing older

Both discovieries highlight the modifiability of the aging process and are core to the integrative paradigm he articulates in his book, The Gerontological Imagination.


Eddy Elmer

Eddy Elmer was appointed to the City of Vancouver Seniors’ Advisory Committee for three terms, from 2012-2018. During that time, he advised City Council on a variety of issues related to aging, and suggested solutions to gaps and barriers that prevent older adults from participating fully in civic life. His primary focus on the Committee was proposing solutions to prevent or reduce social isolation and loneliness. Eddy is now a member of the Board of Directors of the British Columbia Psychogeriatric Association and is working on his PhD in social gerontology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, studying marginalization and loneliness in older LGBTQ+ adults. He also has a secondary interest in the effects of social isolation and loneliness on another marginalized population: older offenders in the correctional system.

Reducing and Preventing Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Adults: Recommendations from the City of Vancouver Seniors’ Advisory Committee

In this workshop, participants will be briefed on findings from the Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Seniors (SILAS) Project, a year-long study by the City of Vancouver Seniors’ Advisory Committee. The project involved an extensive literature review on the causes and consequences of chronic isolation and loneliness among older adults, followed by a series of community consultations with 200 senior service providers, policymakers, academics, and older adults themselves. Based on the review and consultations, a report was tabled with 23 practical recommendations for municipalities, service providers, caregivers, and others wishing to tackle isolation and loneliness in their communities. After providing a brief overview of the research findings, Eddy will highlight key recommendations from the report. Following will be a group discussion to identify possible challenges in implementing the recommendations at both the individual and community level. By understanding how social isolation and loneliness can be reduced and, ideally, prevented, it is hoped that participants will feel more confident in helping older adults improve their overall wellbeing.

Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller

Kathy Kortes-Miller, MSW, PhD, has a passion for palliative care and improving the end-of-life care for all. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work and the Palliative Care Division Lead at the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH) at Lakehead University.

Dr. Kortes-Miller is a sought after speaker and educator nationally and internationally and leverages her personal experiences with cancer and as a palliative care provider to challenge us to have the important conversations about dying, death and life. Her research is interdisciplinary and collaborative contributing to a broad range of fields of study including: social work, thanatology, palliative care, interprofessional education, gerontology and LGBTQ. She was a long-standing member of the board of directors for Hospice Northwest and in March 2018 published the best selling book Talking About Death Won’t Kill You with ECW Press.

Talking About Death Won't Kill You

In this talk based on her book with the same name, Dr. Kortes-Miller infuses tenderness into a topic that is all too frequently charged with fear, approached with grim stoicism, or avoided at all costs. Using stories and research laced with her unique brand of compassion and humor, Dr. Kortes-Miller extends an engraved invitation to view death as not a taboo subject, but rather a shared life experience. Participants will walk away with shifted perspectives and a deep understanding that talking about death, without knowing or needing all the “answers”, actually brings us closer to our loved ones than we ever imagined possible.

Martin Krajcik

Martin Krajcik, MSW, is the LGBTQI2S Older Adults' Projects Officer at Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, overseeing the only national LGBTQI2S seniors portfolio in Canada. His work involves: overseeing research to identify issues affecting older LGBTQI2S adults across the country; implementing transformative communications, awareness and direct service projects on local and national scales; and making recommendations to all levels of governments, institutions and individuals to improve the well-being and visibility of LGBTQI2S older adults. In this capacity, he works closely with Egale's National Seniors Advisory Council (NSAC), a group of prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, Two-Spirit seniors and allies from across the country.

Prior to this, he shared his passion supporting LGBTQI2S older adults by serving as a human rights instructor and workshop facilitator. With over eighteen years of teaching experience, he has delivered workshops to social workers, PSWs, police officers, teachers, school administrators, and other members of the public, with the goal of creating safer and more accepting spaces and communities for LGBTQI2S older adults. His vision is a Canada where LGBTQI2S older adults are visible and celebrated all across the country.

Robert Nelder

Robert Nelder is a member of the Senior Pride Network (SPN), a program for seniors at the 519 Community Centre, and is presently on SPN's Education Committee. He is also on the National Seniors Advisory Council (NSAC) to Egale Human Rights Trust. NSAC is a group of LGBTQ+ Senior and allies from across Canada working to improve the quality of life of Queer seniors in Canada by advising Egale on seniors' issues and activities, fostering nation-wide partnerships and collaboration, and identifying opportunities for Egale to support the work of local organizations across Canada.

Through SPN and NSAC, Mr. Nelder has co-developed and co-presented workshops to those who work with or advocate for the rights of senior members of LGBTQ+ communities including those in long-term care homes, nursing homes, hospitals, medical centres, and social work students. He has also been involved in LTC homes as a Home Advisory Council member and has assisted in the organizing of Gender and Sexuality Alliances at True Davidson and Rekai LTC homes in Toronto.

Cultural Competency as a Tool for Justice for Senior Members of the LGBTQ+ Community

Those who work in fields such as social work, medicine, hospital staff, social services, as well as long-term care facilities and retirement homes, are the very people who are on the frontlines and who are faced with social justice issues that affect queer seniors.

These workers need to be supported in their struggles to be justice providers and advocates for the disenfranchised LGBTQ+ seniors in their care. In this cultural competency workshop, Robert Nelder and Martin Krajcik will provide a model that could be altered or adapted to meet the needs of specific workers, agencies, and service providers. The workshop will be interactive, including a discussion with participants of their personal values and how those values mirror their sense of social justice in their work fields today. While the workshop will be informative, hopefully, it will be transformative as well.

Jane Meadus

Jane Meadus is the Institutional Advocate at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly. She represents clients in long-term care homes, hospitals, psychiatric facilities and care homes (retirement homes) with respect to related legal issues. Ms. Meadus has a B.A. Anthropology from McMaster University, an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa and was called to the bar in Ontario in 1993. Ms. Meadus practiced in the private bar until joining the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly in 1995. Ms. Meadus is the author of Chapter 9: Medical Issues, Housing Costs and Special Care Arrangements: Practical Considerations in the loose-leaf service Financial & Estate Planning for the Mature Client. 

Ms. Meadus is a regular speaker at educational seminars and before various groups. She has represented parties at inquests related to long-term care, including the El Roubi Inquest into the murders of two residents in a long-term care home by a co-resident, and more recently at the Gillese Inquiry into Long-Term Care following the Wettlaufer murders. Ms. Meadus is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law Studies and the 2016 recipient of the Osgoode Professional Development Award for Outstanding Contribution to CLE.

John Lancaster

John Lancaster is a Senior Reporter with CBC News, focusing on investigative and enterprise journalism. His reports have taken him across Canada, the US and the Caribbean. His work has appeared on CBC Toronto, The National, CBC's Marketplace, the Fifth Estate, as well as on CBC online and radio.

John covered the Elizabeth Wettlaufer crimes extensively, culminating in a documentary he wrote and hosted for CBC's the Fifth Estate. He also covered the public inquiry looking into how Wettlaufer's crimes went undetected for so long. He also broke stories about additional crimes Wettlaufer allegedly committed, which were never revealed at the public inquiry.

Alex Van Kralingen

Alex Van Kralingen maintains a broad commercial litigation and employment law practice, where he represents Canadian and international businesses in all manner of disputes, as well as key employees in disputes with their employer. After practising for years at two Bay Street firms, and then a leading litigation boutique in the city, he started his own firm in 2012, and is now the senior partner at Van Kralingen & Keenberg LLP.

Separate and apart from the above, Alex and his firm also engage in public interest litigation, most recently representing the family of a volunteer firefighter at a Coroner's Inquest investigating the unregulated firefighter training industry in Ontario, and also representing a victims group at the Long-Term Care Inquiry which considered Elizabeth Wettlaufer's crimes and the security of residents in Ontario's Long Term Care system.

Nicole Butt

Nicole Butt is in-house legal counsel for the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) and manages the Litigation Team. She regularly appears before arbitration boards, the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Human Rights Tribunal on behalf of ONA and its members. She also served as ONA's co-counsel at the Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry. In addition, Nicole provides education to ONA staff and membership and is also a frequent presenter at external conferences. She has delivered seminars on a variety of topics, including the duty to accommodate, harassment and bullying in the workplace, and the collection and use of medical information. Prior to her call to the Bar in 2005, she clerked for the Ontario Superior Court.

The Gillese Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in Long-Term Care following the Wettlaufer Murders: Perspectives Past, Present and Future

The Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System (the Gillese Inquiry) was established following the conviction of Elizabeth Wettlaufer of murdering 8 long-term care home residents, attempted murder of 3 long-term home care residents and 1 home care recipient, and the aggravated assault of 2 other long-term care home residents. This session will hear from 3 lawyers who represented parties at the hearing, including families, the Ontario Nurses Association, and the Ontario Association of Residents' Councils, as well as a reporter who covered the Inquiry. Each will provide insight into the role they and their clients played before, during and after the Inquiry, focusing on the Inquiry and how it can be used for systemic change to better care for those living in long-term care or receiving homecare.

Dr. Samir Sinha

Samir Sinha, MD, DPhil, FRCPC, AGSF is the Director of Geriatrics at Sinai Health System and the University Health Network in Toronto. He is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2012, he was appointed by the Government of Ontario to serve as the expert lead of Ontario's Seniors Strategy.

A Rhodes Scholar, after completing his undergraduate medical studies at the University of Western Ontario, he obtained a Master's degree in Medical History and a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Oxford's Institute of Ageing. Internationally, Dr. Sinha is a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society, and has consulted and advised hospitals and health authorities in Canada, the United States, Britain, China and Singapore on the implementation and administration of unique, integrated, and innovative models of geriatric care that reduce disease burden, improve access and capacity, and ultimately promote health.

Canada's First National Dementia Strategy: What You Need to Know

As part of its commitment to improving the lives of Canadians with dementia, as well as their families and their caregivers, Canada is moving forward with a National Dementia Strategy. Dr. Sinha, who created much of Ontario's Dementia Strategy, and currently serves as a Member of the Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia, will share with participants the details behind the development of Canada's First National Dementia Strategy. The Strategy is unique in that it was shaped by those living with dementia and looks to build on the innovative work already underway across the country.

Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos

Vivian Stamatopoulos, PhD, is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (OntarioTech). Dr. Stamatopoulos holds a Master of Arts in Sociology and Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from York University. Her research interests focus on child and youth-based caregiving (i.e., Young Carers), and she is currently collaborating on two SSHRC-funded studies exploring young carers' transitions to adulthood and the expansion of supports and resources for such young people living in rural communities.

Caring for Grandma/Grandpa: The Role Played by Young Carers/Caregivers in Supporting Aging Canadians

In this presentation, Dr. Stamatopoulos will provide an overview of the young carer movement in Canada (existing research, policy and support programming), while providing a statistical snapshot of Canadian youth's unpaid care and support in the context of aging.

Dr. Mina Tadrous

Mina Tadrous, PhD, is a Women's College Research Institute Scientist at Women's College Hospital and a Research Associate with the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN), a cross-provincial research team based at St. Michael's Hospital focused on providing timely, high-quality, relevant research to decision makers. His research interests lie in drug policy research and the post-marketing surveillance of safety and effectiveness of medication used to treat chronic diseases.

Dr. Tadrous completed a PhD in pharmacoepidemiology at the University of Toronto, a Doctor of Pharmacy at Albany College of Pharmacy, and a Masters in Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Tennessee. He is a practicing pharmacist who has worked in a variety of clinical settings. He is also currently a fellow at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

 Bitter Pills: The Burden of Polypharmacy on Older Adults

Medications are a useful healthcare intervention that have proven benefits. Unfortunately, medications can also be problematic, especially when combined and used outside of established indications. No population is impacted more by this than older adults, who often have multiple comorbidities and increased vulnerability. In this presentation, we will explore the impacts of medications on older adults by covering 3 important areas of medication therapy: antipsychotics, opioids, and polypharmacy.

Dr. Joanne Ho

Joanne Ho, MD, completed medical school at the University of British Columbia and residencies in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and clinical pharmacology at the University of Toronto. She obtained her Masters of Science in clinical epidemiology at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Ho also completed the CIHR Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Disciplinary and University of Toronto Department of Medicine Eliot Phillipson Clinician Scientist training programs.

She practices as a geriatrician, internist and clinical pharmacologist at Grand River Hospital and St. Mary's General Hospital. She is an examiner with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology Examination Committee. She is the founder, geriatrician and clinical pharmacologist for GeriMedRisk, an interprofessional telemedicine consultation and education program, which supports clinicians across Ontario to optimize medications for their older adult patients with complex physical and mental illnesses. Dr. Ho is adjunct scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, where she investigates adverse drug events among real-world older adults.

Pharmacological Considerations for the Older Adult: Focus on Opioids and Cannabis

In this session, Dr. Ho will review clinical relevant pharmacologic changes with aging, as well as opioids and cannabis pharmacology in older adults with and without cognitive impairment.



Andrea Austen

Andrea Austen is the Manager of the Seniors Transition Office at the City of Toronto. She is the City's lead on vulnerable seniors and age-friendly initiatives, and is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the Toronto Seniors Strategy. Prior to entering the municipal public sector, she worked in the academic field as a Sessional Lecturer at York and Ryerson Universities. She received her Master's degree in Political Philosophy from York University.

Dr. Raza Mirza

Raza M. Mirza, PhD, received his MSc and PhD degrees from the Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toronto's Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. His areas of expertise and teaching interest include research methods, medical decision-making, the socio-behavioral determinants of health in persons aging with a chronic illness, and factors influencing late-life social, mental and physical well-being. Dr. Mirza is currently a Senior Research Associate at the University of Toronto's Institute for Life Course and Aging and the Network Manager for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly.

More than Just a Home: Insights from the Toronto HomeShare Pilot Project

In this session, Ms. Austen and Dr. Mirza will discuss the City of Toronto's HomeShare Pilot Project, which sought to match 'overhoused' older adults (55+) with student home-seekers. During this session, they will examine the factors affecting the housing needs of the Canadian population and will share with participants the research evidence in support of intergenerational housing programs. As well, the lessons learned from this project, including how it can be improved in the future, will be explored. Participants will also have the opportunity to see and hear interviews conducted with both home-sharers and home-seekers of the HomeShare Pilot Project.


Einat Danieli

Einat Danieli is a leader, clinician and innovator with passion to drive excellent patient centred care. Currently she is a project manager at Baycrest Health Sciences working to advance care for complex patients through innovation and virtual care. She is an Occupational Therapist by background. Throughout her career, she has worked with a variety of clients in both community and nursing home settings, including patients with dementia. Einat also served as a psychogeriatric resource consultant for family physicians and their teams as part of Behaviour Support Ontario. She was a project manager for a collective impact project addressing social isolation in caregivers and she is the inventor of Dementia Talk App based at the Reitman Centre, Sinai Health System. This app was designed to empower dementia caregivers in tracking and managing challenging situations at the home environment. 

From Ideation to Adoption: The Journey and Challenges of Introducing Innovative Applications to End Users

In this presentation, participants will be introduced to three innovative solutions developed for patients and caregivers of dementia: Dementia Talk App, Dementia Advisor, and an EMR based Knowledge to Practice tool to support family physicians in providing dementia care. The presentation will provide a brief overview of each tool and discuss the different challenges involved in bringing the developments from ideation to adoption for each of the target populations.


Dr. Sharon Kaasalainen

Sharon Kaasalainen, PhD, joined the School of Nursing in 2002 as an Assistant Professor. She completed a CHSRF Post Doctoral Fellowship at McMaster University and was an Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Career Scientist. Currently, Dr. Kaasalainen is an Associate member of the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and Honorary Professor at Queens University Belfast. Dr. Kaasalainen’s research program is focused on improving the quality of life for people living in long term care homes with a particular focus on pain management and palliative care. She has received research funding from CIHR, SSHRC, and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care; both as a principal and co-investigator with the primary focus on improving quality of care for LTC residents & their family.

Implementing a Palliative Approach to Dementia Care

This presentation will address why a palliative approach to dementia care is needed and its potential to improve quality of living and dying in this vulnerable population. Barriers and facilitators to implementing a palliative approach for people living with dementia and their family/significant others will be discussed. Some evidence-based tools and programs that are consistent with a palliative approach, such as the Conversation Starter Kit and Namaste Care, will be shared along with emerging research evidence that supports them. Finally, recommendations for implementing a palliative approach to care, with a particular focus on long term care settings, will be presented.


   Dr. Amanda Phelan

Amanda Phelan, PhD, is a registered nurse, midwife, public health nurse and nurse tutor. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, University College Dublin and is the Associate Dean for Global Engagement, programme director for the graduate Gerontological programmes and co-programme director for the MSc Child Welfare and Protection. She is also the Co-Director in the National Centre for the Protection of Older People in UCD. Her research interests are in the areas of safeguarding adults and children, public health, discourse analysis, expertise in gerontological nursing and missed care in nursing. Her first book on elder abuse, International Perspectives on Elder Abuse was published in 2013 by Routledge and her second book (Advances in elder abuse knowledge, legislation and practice: Springer) and third book (Changing horizons in the 21st Century: Perspectives on ageing- co-edited with Dr. Diarmuid O'Shea) are currently in press.

Dr. Phelan was an invited expert in the Irish Citizens’ Assembly for policy on ageing and also served on the Irish health regulator's Health Information & Quality Authority’s committees revising the National Standards on Care of Older People in Residential settings (2016), Restrictive Practices in long term care and Safeguarding policy. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Third Age and the National Safeguarding Committee and the Policy and Procedures Committee of Sage (Advocacy for Older People). She has also served as a research advisor to the National Initiative for Care of the Elderly's (NICE) research and is an advisor on elder abuse research in NTNU, Norway.

Financial Abuse in Banks in Ireland: Bank Staff's Knowledge, Experience and Challenges

In this session, Dr. Phelan will examine how financial abuse is recognized, experienced and responded to by staff in Irish banks. A number of recommendations to combat financial abuse, including bank level responses and inter-sectorial collaboration, education and training, enhancements within the bank and safeguarding legislation, and raising the profile of financial abuse as a crime, will be explored. Ireland's newly revised capacity legislation will also be covered.


Lauren Clark

Lauren Clark has been a Social Worker at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) for eight years. In this position, her primary roles are providing support to patients and their families/caregivers and facilitating discharge planning. In addition to this, she has been an active member of the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) team at TOH since its inception in 2016, acting as Lead Social Worker for this group. She holds a Social Service Worker diploma from Lambton College in her hometown of Sarnia, a certificate in Dementia Studies from Lakehead University, as well as Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees from Carleton University. She was recently named one of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) Inspirational Leaders for 2019.

Through her post-secondary education, she developed a strong interest in chronic illness, dementia care, and grief and bereavement. As such, she tailored much of her learning to these areas. Her current positions have allowed her to integrate this knowledge into practice seamlessly, both on the in-patient unit and through her participation in MAiD.

Engaging Patients and their Support Network in Navigating the MAiD Journey

The focus of this presentation is to highlight the role of Social Work in Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). Social Workers play a key role, one that is multifaceted and ever evolving, in supporting and guiding individuals through their MAiD journey. At The Ottawa Hospital, an assessment tool has been developed as a guide to facilitating a discussion with patients and their supports about their psychosocial needs in advance of the MAiD procedure and can easily be adjusted as required to best meet the needs of those involved, including other health care providers. Through completion of the pre-MAiD assessment, Social Workers ensure that the MAiD journey honours the patient's wishes at end of life, addresses the psychosocial demands, and focuses on supporting the patient's loved ones through their grief. It is important to note that those who work with these patients and families, including Social Workers and other health care providers, identify their involvement in MAiD as positive and rewarding. All that to be said though, they are encouraged to seek out support and practice self-care, in addition to increasing their awareness of resiliency strategies as a means of coping with the challenges that arise as a result of their participation in this relatively new approach to end of life care.


Dr. Nancy Mandell

Nancy Mandell, PhD, is a Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at York University, a former Director of the Centre for Feminist Research and former Chair of the Sociology Department. Her research and teaching interests include gender, aging, intergenerational relations and migration. Recently, she has published articles and book chapters on rising income inequality in Canada, economic security among senior immigrant families, intergenerational transnational exchanges in later life families, and critiques of aging. She currently holds two research grants on economic, cultural and social factors shaping migration, settlement and resilience among Canadian newcomers. Dr. Mandell has a wealth of experience working with marginalized communities in the areas of community-academic research partnerships, classroom equity, family violence, feminist methods and women’s rights.

Jana Borras

Jana Borras is a second year PhD student at York University in the Faculty of Sociology. Her research interests are: the institutionalization of precarious status, the employment trajectories of migrant workers, and the differential inclusion/exclusion of temporary migrant workers in Canada. In addition, she is also interested in the process of incorporation experienced by newcomer immigrants in Canada, particularly those who came as Seniors. Jana is currently in the process of completing her comprehensive requirements in the areas of Global Sociology and Survey Research.


Janice Phonepraseuth

Janice Phonepraseuth is currently a PhD candidate at York University in the department of Sociology. Her research interests include race and ethnicity, identity formation, and immigrant incorporation and settlement.

Living on the Margins: Economic Security among Senior Immigrants in Canada

In this presentation, we explore senior Canadian immigrants' experiences and perceptions of economic security and vulnerability. Framed within cumulative inequality theory and a life course perspective, we draw on in-depth interviews with 31 ethnically diverse senior immigrants to explore how early and enduring exposure to opportunities and inequities either reduces or magnifies immigrant exporsure to economic security or insecurity.


Sandra Sherk

Sandra Sherk holds an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science Degree with a Family Studies major. She has been working in the not-for-profit credit counseling sector since 1980. She started as a counsellor with the Credit Counselling Service of Durham Region in 1980 and became the Executive Counsellor in 1989. She joined Credit Canada Debt Solutions as a Counsellor in 2011. With Credit Canada, she has also worked on projects with Hydro One to prevent customers from having their service disconnected, and most recently, on a project with the Ontario government in facilitating workshops for Newcomers on Financial Literacy. She has written numerous blogs for Credit Canada's website on various topics, ranging from Preparing for the Unexpected and Ways People Foolishly Give Their Money Away.

Financial Tools for Seniors: Take Control of Your Money

In this session, Ms. Sherk will guide participants through creating a spending plan, what to do in times of financial trouble, financial goals, money saving tips, as well as how to improve credit rating scores.


Marilyn White-Campbell

Marilyn White-Campbell is the Geriatric Addictions Specialist with Baycrest Hospital Behavioral Support Team to support transitions to and within the Long-Term Care Homes in the Toronto Central LHIN. Marilyn has worked with COPA, Community Outreach Programs in Addicitions, for over 30 years as a clinician, researcher and educator. She has co-authored "Addictions Treatment for Older Adults", along with other publications on the assessment and treatment of older adults with concurrent disorders. She has presented nationally and internationally on assessment and treatment of older adults with substance misuse.

Marilyn is the recipient of the Ontario Psychogeriatric Award of Excellence, and was nominated for the Services awards for Geriatric Excellence (SAGE) in Executive Leadership in 2015 and for innovation in Team for Geriatric Addictions in 2016. She has developed and published on the “COPA College” model, a psycho-educational group that is ground breaking in the treatment of older adults with concurrent disorders.

Marilyn is recognized as a pioneer in the field of geriatric addictions as part of one of the first specialized treatment programs for older adults in Canada. She has worked both in the community outreach component of care, as well as residents in long term care who have responsive behaviors with substance misuse. Marilyn was seconded to the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington and St. Joseph's Health Center Guelph Behavioral support team to develop capacity in Geriatric Addictions in the Waterloo Wellington region. She is the provincial lead for Geriatric Addictions and co-chair of the Behavioral Supports Ontario Older Adult Substance Use collaborative. She is TEACH trained through the Continuing Education and Professional Development program at the University of Toronto and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is currently a co-investigator for a national project to establish clinical best practice guidelines for geriatric addictions and is the co-chair of the Alcohol best practice guidelines. 

Dr. Shilpi Majumder

Shilpi Majumder, PhD, is the Director of Public Policy at AdvantAge Ontario. She supports association members by leading advocacy strategies and mobilizing relevant knowledge about seniors' care across the continuum. Previously, she led strategic health policy and research initiatives at Saint Elizabeth, Heatlh Quality Ontario, and the Health Council of Canada. Prior to her career in health policy, she was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Saint Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.

Cannabis Conundrums: Cannabis Use Among Older Adults

Older adults represent one of the largest groups of new cannabis users. At the end of this session, participants will become aware of the indications for medical use of cannabis in older adults, have a greater understanding of the current research and practice on the use of cannabis in older adults, become more informed of potential risks, and become more aware of the policy implications for cannabis use in long-term care homes. Ms. White-Campbell will also share information on the National Best Practice Guidelines for Cannabis Use Disorder in Older Adults, which will be launched soon through the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health. 

Dr. Majumder will present an overview of the federal and provincial frameworks for cannabis. Recreational and medical use of cannabis by residents in seniors' care settings will be examined, along with cannabis use in the workplace. Policies and current experiences of LTC homes and seniors' housing operators will also be discussed.


Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes

Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. She is also an Instructor and Supervisor at Wilfrid Laurier University, an Academic Coordinator and Instructor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Ryerson Chang School, and a Music Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist. She has extensive clinical experience working with clients across the life span, with a specialty in older adults, dementia, and palliative care. She has authored multiple peer reviewed publications, including "Voices of the Dying and Bereaved", and she has given over 100 conference and/or invited academic presentations.

Dr. Clements-Cortes is Past-President of the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT), and Managing Editor of the Music and Medicine journal. She is a past President of the Canadian Association for Music Therapists, and serves on the editorial review boards for 9 International journals.

Music Experiences and Music Therapy for Persons with Dementia

This presentation will focus on the use of music and music therapy in work with clients diagnosed with Dementia. Music therapy interventions and goals will be discussed with respect to persons living in nursing homes, attending adult day programs and/or in hospital. The Buddy’s Glee Club research projects will be described to illustrate the benefits of singing for health in older adults with cognitive impairment. Video and musical clips will be shared.


Fariya Mostafa

Fariya Mostafa is a Medical Product Manager at Winterlight Labs. She has experience in product management, business development, clinical research and backend software development. Fariya joined Winterlight Labs in 2017, where she is leading the development of Winterlight’s senior care product for providers and payers. Fariya is passionate about health care technologies, research and pilot opportunities.

Using Speech, Cognition and Mental Health Measures to Improve the Experience of Healthy Aging

The presentation will start with a background on Winterlight’s speech and AI based cognitive assessment platform and include details of Winterlight's clinical validation, research, and products. Participants will learn about Winterlight's experience with social implications of detecting cognitive or mental health issues, as well as the role of early detection in promoting healthy aging.