We are pleased to be collaborating with Nova Scotia’s Depts of Seniors & Long-Term Care and NS Health’s Innovation Hub 
to bring you an innovative lineup of sessions and thought provoking speakers.

Please note agenda, times, sessions and speakers are subject to change without notice.

All times are in Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT) zone.

08:30am

Track "1"
Main Conference Room

OPENING REMARKS

Honourable Barbara Adams
Nova Scotia Seniors & Long-Term Care

Join Minister Adams
“Flattening the frailty curve and what each of us can do”  

09:00am

Track "1"
Main Conference Room

KEYNOTE
BRAIN HEALTH INNOVATION
AN INTERNATIONAL SCOPE

Dr Saskia Sivananthan
Chief Research & KTE Officer
Alzheimer Society of Canada
Toronto, ON

10:00am

REFRESHMENT BREAK

10:30am

Track "1"
Main Conference Room

ROUNDTABLE
THE LATEST IN DEMENTIA RESEARCH, INNOVATION & IMPLEMENTATION

David Greb
Director, Health Products & Channels
Canopy Growth Corp
Toronto, ON

Track "2"
Breakout Room

FRAILTY MATTERS

“Frailty is a graded, age-related long term condition. As the degree of frailty increases, multiple body systems increasingly lose their ability to resist stress and repair injury. Older people who live with frailty can be vulnerable even to relatively minor changes in their circumstances. These changes threaten their health, functional autonomy, and increase the risk of hospital-related complications, such as death, falls and delirium, and prolonged length of stay when hospitalized. Better identification and understanding of frailty and how to support older people to live well with frailty is one of the key challenges for health care systems.

The “Frailty Matters” session will provide an introduction to frailty, define what frailty is, and why it is important. As well how identifying, screening and managing frailty can lead directly into reform initiatives in the acute care setting theoretically leading to improved clinical outcomes.”

Presented by
Karen Nicholls
Interim Director Policy and Planning Clinical Frailty Network
at Nova Scotia Health Authority

12:00pm

Track "1"
Main Conference Room

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON

AMBULANCE OFFLOAD DELAY
How did we get here and where do we go now?

Dr. Kenneth Rockwood
Professor of Geriatric Medicine & Neurology at Dalhousie

Respected internationally as an authority on frailty Kenneth Rockwood is Professor of Medicine (Geriatric Medicine & Neurology),
and the Kathryn Allen Weldon Professor of Alzheimer Research,
Dalhousie University Senior Medical Director, Frailty & Elder Care Network & Staff Physician,
Nova Scotia Health Honorary Professor of Population Health & Experimental Therapeutics, University College London, UK

Plan to join Kenneth as he elaborates “In 2021 the leading edge of the baby boom began to turn 75. This wave will not crest for two decades. As far reaching as the impact of COVID-19 has been, the pandemic of frailty will be even greater. This arises because age-related deficit accumulation, which gives rise to frailty, is an exponential process. If we have learned anything from COVID-19, it is that exponential processes do not care about whether we are prepared, or how we feel about them. They demand effective, forward-looking responses.”

See Bio

01:00pm

Track "1"
Main Conference Room

ROUNDTABLE
ACTION ITEMS TO IMPROVING HEALTHCARE- Brain Health to Long-Term Care

Track "2"
Breakout Room

EMERGING INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Janet Simm
President & CEO
Northwood Care Inc.
Halifax, NS

Dr Saskia Sivanathan
Chief Research & KTE Officer
Alzheimer Society of Canada
Toronto, ON

 

Dr Sheny Khera
Co-Founder of CARM&A
Edmonton, AB

Tracey McGillivray
CEO & Co-Founder of Axtion Inc
Wolfville, NS

Sylvia Gawad
Co-Founder of Essential Recruit
Ottawa, ON/Halifax, NS

02:00pm

REFRESHMENT BREAK

02:30pm

Track "1"
Main Conference Room

ROUNDTABLE
CHALLENGES & INNOVATIONS FOR DEMENTIA, AGEING, FRAILTY & PRIMARY CARE

Track "2"
Breakout Room

CHALLENGES GOING FORWARD

Where do the opportunities lie for innovation in the Nova Scotia Home Care sector?

Dr Marjan Abbasi
MD CCFP CAC (COE) FCFP
Dept Family Medicine, Univ Alberta
Site Lead, Geriatric Program, Misericordia Hospital
Edmonton, AB

Vicki Muscat
MBA, BSc
Manager, Insights Lab
Shannex Inc.

Jeff Densmore
VON, Regional Executive Director
Central & Western Zones
Halifax, NS

Denise Holloran
Executive Director
Guysborough County Home Support Agency
Guysborough, NS

Francine Butts
CB Community-Based Paramedic Program
Cape Breton, NS

03:30pm

Track "1"
Main Conference Room

ROUNDTABLE

"HIGHLIGHTING COLLABORATIVE SYNERGIES- Improving Innovative Care for our Older Nova Scotians"

People in Nova Scotia are living longer and enjoying active and rewarding lives as valued members of the community. However, it is estimated that 1 in 4 (25%) Nova Scotians over the age of 65 and 1 in 2 (50%) over the age of 85 are living with frailty1. For a growing number of older people, this means living with complex health needs such as dementia and other chronic diseases. This will impact how we plan and design services to meet the needs of our older seniors. Effective solutions will require combined efforts of older people, their caregivers, and families, and all those involved in delivering services for older people to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing environment. 

The Highlighting Collaborative Synergies – Improving Innovative care for Older Nova Scotians Round Table is an opportunity to highlight innovative and collaborative models of care which Acute Care, Primary Care, Continuing Care, Emergency Medical Services, and Seniors and Long-Term Care are designing and implementing based on the needs of older people. All of which are underpinned by extensive research conducted in collaboration with leading researchers, universities, and research institutions, and in partnership with older people, their caregivers, and families. 

 

Tracey L Barbrick
Assistant Deputy Minister- NS Seniors & Long-Term Care

Karen Nicholls
Frailty & Elder Care Network

Wendy McVeigh
Director, Continuing Care, Central Zone
Provincial Responsive Behaviors Lead

Sarah Manley
Senior Analyst, Policy & Planning
Primary Health Care

Kim Silver
Director Home & Community Care
NS Seniors & Long-Term Care

Dr Judah Goldstein
EHS Research Program Coordinator &
Assistant Professor, Dalhousie Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of EMS 

04:30pm

Track "1"
Main Conference Room

TAKEAWAY REMARKS