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Wednesday, November 7 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
(45 min) Longevity Innovation for Sustainable Aging / Innovation sur la longétivité pour un vieillissement durable

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Organized by: Baycrest Health Sciences/Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, Allison Sekuler

Canada, and many other countries, are aging faster than at any time in history. There now are more Canadians over 65 than under 15, and by 2030, nearly 1 in 4 Canadians will be 65 or older. This demographic shift will impact every aspect of our lives: from the workforce to recreation, from transportation to healthcare. The so-called silver tsunami brings with it a looming public health crisis: growing numbers of individuals with dementia and complex chronic medical issues, but a shortage of long-term care beds and other care options. It is estimated that 50 million people worldwide already live with dementia, with that number reaching 75 million by 2030. And, although the cost of dementia is immeasurable for those who suffer from the disease and their loved ones and caregivers, economists estimate the worldwide cost at US$1 trillion, rising to US$2 trillion by 2030.

But is that future inevitable, or is there a path to sustainable aging? A path to a society in which people can age in place and thrive throughout their lifetimes; a society in which aging is a process rather than an endpoint; a society in which our demographic changes lead to enhanced cultural, social, and economic prosperity for Canada. The convergence of precision medicine, technology, big data, and artificial intelligence could chart that path. Fully 70% of our economy is driven by baby-boomers, making age-related innovation a critical and growing field.  Virtual and augmented reality, assistive bots, social robots, driverless cars, connected homes, smart cities, and personalized and predictive medicine promise to transform a silver tsunami into a silver economy. However, given the size and diversity of Canada, that promise face many challenges, including concerns about data sharing and privacy; inter-regional jurisdiction of health information; cultural differences in healthcare practices; adoption, procurement, and funding of novel technologies; stigmas associated with aging; and the critical need to create a culture of longevity-innovation.

This panel brings together a diverse group of experts in aging, science and technology, innovation, healthcare practice, and policy to explore the challenges, promises, and opportunities for innovation, and to chart a path for sustainable aging in Canada.


Moderators
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Allison Sekuler

Baycrest Health Sciences/Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation
Dr. Allison Sekuler (BA Mathematics & Psychology, Pomona College; PhD Psychology, UC Berkeley; Fellow, Society of Experimental Psychologists) is the Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Managing Director of the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Carrie Bourassa

Chair in Indigenous & Northern Health and Senior Scientist at Health Sciences North Research Institute; Scientific Director of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Dr. Carrie Bourassa is a Chair in Indigenous & Northern Health and Senior Scientist at Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, Ontario and the Scientific Director of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Prior to... Read More →
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Maureen O’Neil

President, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
Maureen O’Neil is President of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. After joining the organization in 2008, Ms. O’Neil successfully re-oriented the Foundation from its previous mandate in applied health services research to its current role in healthcare improvement... Read More →
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Ritesh Patel

Chief Digital Officer, Ogilvy's Health & Wellness
Ritesh Patel is responsible for providing digital vision, leadership and guidance for Ogilvy's Health & Wellness customers globally.He joined Ogilvy after 4 years as the Chief Digital officer at Ogilvy CommonHealth, the specialist healthcare agency within WPP where, working with the... Read More →
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Andrew Sixsmith, PhD

Director of the STAR (Science and Technology for Aging Research) Institute, the joint Scientific Director of AGE-WELL NCE; Professor in the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University
Andrew Sixsmith, PhD, is the Director of the STAR (Science and Technology for Aging Research) Institute, the joint Scientific Director of AGE-WELL NCE, and a professor in the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. He is past President of the International Society of... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Delta Ottawa - Chaudière

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