Living Longer – Living Well

Spring 2017 Lecture Series

Tuesdays, April 18 to May 16, Grace United Church, Cook & Grove St, Barrie

This upcoming series is coordinated by Joe McReynolds, B.A., M.S.W. Joe is a recognized community service leader, advocate for client-centered care, and a champion of integrated health systems at the community level.  Recently, he was a member of Minister of Health’s Expert Panel on Home and Community Care.

See Biography: Joe McReynolds

April 18, 2017: Strengthening Medicare – How are we doing?

Presenter: Dr. Brian Hutchinson, MacMaster University

This lecture will explore key questions about Canadian health care. How does Canada compare with our international peers?  What are Medicare’s strengths and shortcomings?  Why do Canadians wait longer for primary and specialist medical care than people in other developed countries?  What changes are needed (and what needs to be preserved) to build a better Medicare?

See Biography: Dr. Brian Hutchinson

April 25, 2017: The Future of Primary Care – What support will you have in the future?

Presenter: Dr. Joshua Tepper, Health Quality Ontario

Health issues often increase as we grow old.  Your primary care provider whether it is a family physician or nurse practitioner should be ready to support you. Hear what the future of primary care should bring to us.

See Biography: Dr. Joshua Tepper

May 2, 2017: Rethinking Aging – How to transform our current approach?

Presenter: Dr. Brenda Elias, Ryerson and Guelph Universities

Never before have we had such compelling reasons to closely examine the ways in which we serve older Ontarians, their families and their caregivers.  What policies and practices should we reconsider as we transform our current approach? How can you prepare for these changes?

See biography: Dr. Brenda Elias

May 9, 2017: Physician Assisted Death – What are the issues and legal rights?

Canada has decided that physician assisted dying is a safe, compassionate choice for individuals facing the prospect of a horrific death.  Several months has passed since our Parliament has passed an Act to allow medical assistance in dying.  What have we learned?  What are the issues that confront practitioners today?  How should you approach your legal right when you begin to consider this option?

Presenters: Judith Wahl, L.L.B., Consultant, Elder Law

See biography: Judith Wahl

May 16, 2017: Ageism – Our Legal Rights – What can one do about unfair treatment?

Ageism is discrimination or unfair treatment based on a person’s age.  It can impact on someone’s confidence, job prospects, financial situation and quality of life. Where are Ontarians most often faced with ageism? What can we do when we are confronted with ageism? What rights do we have?

Presenter: Graham Webb, L.L.M. Advocacy Centre for the Elderly

See Biography: Graham Webb

Venue:   Grace United Church

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350 Grove St. E, Barrie, Ontario, Canada