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Whatever Happened to Aging at Home: Shifting Policy Sands in Ontario and Beyondis the 6th in a series of cutting-edge fall symposia presented by the Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community (CRNCC) in partnership with the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA).

Across the industrialized world, increasing health care costs and growing concerns about the sustainability of health systems have pushed policy-makers to make tough choices about how they will respond to the needs of aging populations.

One response, seen in Ontario during the 1990s, was to build more long-term care beds, assuming that more older persons would inevitably require institutionalization.

Another response, seen in Ontario’s more recent Aging at Home initiative, has been to support older persons at home as independently as possible, for as long as possible. Aging at Home responds to an overwhelming desire on the part of older persons to live their own lives, and to a growing weight of international evidence that home and community care can enhance wellbeing, autonomy and quality of life while moderating demand for costly health and institutional care.

So, what’s happened to Aging at Home in Ontario? Now only in its third year, Aging at Home funds have been redirected to discharging hospital patients quicker and sicker, and there are growing calls for more long-term care beds. According to the 2010 report of Ontario’s Health Quality Council, people are waiting in hospitals “because they have nowhere else to go.”

This event brings together local, national and international experts to ask tough questions for the future of the community support sector and for health system sustainability:

  • What are the major triumphs and trials of Aging at Home in Ontario and beyond?
  • What’s worked well “on the ground?” What hasn’t? What are key lessons learned?
  • Why has the community support agenda proved so vulnerable to changing politics?
  • What can be done to convince policy-makers that investments in community supports are investments in health system sustainability?

It’s time to ask some tough questions. Make plans to join us for this important event.



Date & Time

Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (EST)



Symposium Materials



Master of Ceremonies

  • A. Paul Williams{PhD} - Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (HPME), University of Toronto; and Co-Chair, Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community (CRNCC)



Speakers (in order of appearance)

  • Janet M. Lum{PhD} - Department of Politics & Public Administration, Ryerson University; and Co-Chair, Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community (CRNCC)
  • Dennis Kodner {PhD, FGSA} - Director and Professor of Medicine & Gerontology at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) [USA]
  • Jocelyn Bennett {RN, MScN, CON(D)} - Senior Director of Acute and Chronic Care Medicine and Nursing, Mount Sinai Hospital [Canada]
  • Dr. Andrea Moser {MD, MSc, CCFP} - Algonquin Family Health Team [Canada]
  • Janice Paul {BASc} - Intensive Geriatric Service Workers Lead, Trellis Mental Health and Development Services [Canada] &
    Heather Higgs {BA} - Intensive Geriatric Service Worker, Trellis Mental Health and Development Services [Canada]
  • Diane Miller {MSN, MBA} -Executive Director, Primary Health Care & Aboriginal Health, Chilliwack, Mission & Agassiz Communities, Fraser Health Authority [Canada] &
    Dr. Grace Park {MD} - Program Medical Director for Home Health, Fraser Health Authority
  • Janice Keefe {PhD, MA} - Director, Nova Scotia Centre on Aging. Mt. Saint Vincent University [Canada]
  • Ron Kelusky - Director General, Canadian Red Cross (Ontario) [Canada]



Special Guests

  • Kevin Smith {D. Phil} - President and CEO, St. Joseph's Health System [Canada]