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Join Sinai experts for healthy ageing education series

February 10, 2015

Dr. Samir Sinha

As the population ages, many Canadians are wondering how it will impact their lives and health-care system.  With baby boomers now turning 65, and the elder population set to double in 20 years, many significant questions are emerging.  Considered a national leader in care for seniors, Mount Sinai was the first hospital in Canada to make Senior Care a core strategic priority.  Now, a new series is being offered to help our community understand the implications and impact of an aging population. 

In partnership with Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and the LIFE Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital’s Healthy Ageing and Geriatrics Program is proud to present Celebrating LIFE and Our Coming of Age, a series of five presentations on ageing and health care.  The series, hosted on the Ryerson campus in downtown Toronto, is open to the public: tickets can be purchased for just $10 per session here or by contacting Stephanie Callen at 416-586-4800 ext. 7674.

The series will feature two Mount Sinai physicians:

  • Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics for Mount Sinai Hospital and University Health Network Hospitals and the Provincial Lead for Ontario’s Seniors Strategy
  • Dr. Leah Steinberg, Clinical Lead, Palliative Care Consult Team, Mount Sinai Hospital

According to Dr. Sinha, this series will provide valuable and practical information to participants. 

“Celebrating Life and Our Coming of Age is a five-part healthy ageing education series that will promote public awareness on topics important to everyone as we age. Attendees should come away with valuable tips and insights essential to staying active and independent in one’s later years,” he says.

More details on each of the presentations are below.  We hope to see you there!

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Celebrating LIFE and Our Coming of Age

Toronto’s Coming of Age: How Ready is Our City to Meet the Needs of Ageing Torontonians?
February 28, 2015

Dr. Sinha will discuss the recent work that led to the creation of Toronto’s Seniors Strategy, and what it will take to ensure our city, province, and country are ready to meet our coming of age. Dr. Sinha will provide insights on what it will take to become a truly age-friendly city.

Speaker: Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics for Mount Sinai Hospital and University Health Network Hospitals and the Provincial Lead for Ontario’s Seniors Strategy

A passionate advocate for the needs of older persons, Dr. Sinha is the Director of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto. In 2012, he was appointed by the Government of Ontario to serve as the provincial lead of the Ontario’s Seniors Strategy. Dr. Sinha’s breadth of international training and expertise in health policy and the delivery of services related to the care of the elderly have made him a highly regarded expert in the care of older adults.

There is a Robot that Will Care for Me? How Technology Can Support our Ageing Population
March 28, 2015

This session will focus on technology advances that are being developed in Toronto that can be used to keep older adults in their homes longer while staying safe, active, and able to fulfil responsibilities. Dr. Fernie will highlight the revolution of technology that has changed the way we provide health care to older adults.

Speaker: Dr. Geoff Fernie, Director, Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI)

Dr. Geoff Fernie is a professional engineer and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s Research Director at the University Health Network   He has a primary appointment at the University of Toronto as Professor in the Department of Surgery with cross appointments that include the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Department of Physical Therapy and Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.  Dr. Fernie is recognized as a world leader in the application of engineering to create solutions for problems commonly encountered by people with disabilities and has been responsible for the development of many products that help our ageing population continue to live independently in their own homes.

The Doctor Will See You Home
April 25, 2015

As the number of older Canadians climbs, so too will the ranks of older adults who become housebound and not able to access traditional office-based care. Dr. Nowaczynski, the founder of Toronto’s House Calls Program, and a gifted photographer and storyteller, explores the recent resurgence in the provision of house calls in Toronto through a photodocumentary that may provide you a telling glimpse into your future.

Speaker: Dr. Mark Nowaczynski, Clinical Director, House Calls Program

Dr. Mark Nowaczynski began practicing family medicine in 1992. The home-based care of frail seniors grew to become his primary clinical interest, and he closed his office practice in 2007 to make house calls full-time. He is the Clinical Director of the House Calls Program that provides interdisciplinary primary health care for homebound Torontonians and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.  Mark’s interest in photography led to him capturing the hidden world of his home-bound patients. This work culminated into an exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum in 2010, entitled “House Calls with My Camera” as well as in the Gemini Award winning National Film Board of Canada documentary film “House Calls”.

You Could Live a Long Life: Are You Ready?
May 9, 2015

The elderly population is living longer than ever before. That is a good thing, right? In this session, Author Lyndsay Green offers practical advice that she has garnered from her research on how you can prepare for your so-called golden years now, so that you get as much satisfaction as possible from what may well be a long life.

Speaker: Lyndsay Green, Sociologist and Author

Lyndsay Green is a best-selling author who has focused her writing on advising the baby boomers on how to age well. Trained as a sociologist, when Green turned 60, she turned her research skills and knowledge of new technologies to understanding aging. Her books include the best-selling You Could Live a Long Time: Are You Ready? and The Perfect Home For a Long Life. Green is currently working on a book about men and retirement, for release by HarperCollins in 2016.

How, Where, and When Would YOU Like to Die?
June 20, 2015

When it comes to end-of-life planning, the decisions involved can be overwhelming. In this session, Dr. Steinberg highlights the importance of advance thinking and planning surrounding end-of-life decisions, asking how, where, and when would you like to die? She will also review options available to all of us when we are dying.

Speaker: Dr. Leah Steinberg, Clinical Lead, Palliative Care Consult Team, Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Leah Steinberg trained as a family physician and for the past 14 years has practiced in palliative medicine. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and teaches palliative medicine to all levels of learning. She has a special interest in communication skills with patients. She is currently serving as the lead for the In-Hospital Care Program with the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital.