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Virtual Policy Series on Dementia

Hosted in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario

Dear Colleagues,
Demographic change is a critical and dynamic element of the challenges that confront those of us who work in the policy field.  Many of us are asked to contribute to discussions about how our society can adjust to and support an increasingly older population, especially those who become vulnerable and dependent.
In all our policy work, we are guided by evidence. Yet even in this information-laden world, good evidence is sometimes difficult to find or it becomes lost in the "data clutter."
The Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange is hosting a Virtual Policy Series on dementia. The purpose of the Series is to give policy workers key evidence about aging, dementia and health care presented by leading thinkers in Ontario, and to encourage an exchange of ideas and resources among participants. The Series - three on-line sessions of one hour each - will be held in February 2012.
Details of the sessions and how to register are outlined below.
While dementia is a personal health concern, its implications reach into other sectors of public policy.
Whether you work in government or are involved in policy work through stakeholder groups, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.
Yours truly,
Vasanthi Srinivasan, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health System Strategy And Policy Division, MOHLTC Juanita Dobson, Assistant Deputy Minister ,Ontario Seniors' Secretariat


This event is supported by an unconditional education grant from Pfizer

Session 1: Heading Towards Change: Current Policy Recommendations
February 9th l 12:00 - 1:00 pm  EST
An overview of both the challenges and the key recommendations put forward in the Caring for an Aging Population and Addressing Alternate Level of Care report. Areas for discussion include primary care, community care, cross-system responsiveness to special needs populations, acute care hospitals and seniors' care, and the assess and restore philosophy. A discussion will be led on opportunities and challenges with moving forward on these recommendations.
Honorary Co-Chair: Juanita Dobson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Seniors' Secretariat
Presenters: Dr. Paul Williams, PhD. Professor, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, U of T
Guest: Dr. Joe Bornstein, PhD. President, Ontario Gerontology Association (invited)

Session 2: Emerging Evidence: Moving from Paper to Policy
February 16th l 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST
An overview of the key findings of the Health System Use by Frail Ontario Seniors. Focus will be on community dwelling adults with dementia. A discussion will follow on how this research contributes to the conversation on health system reform.
Presenters: Dr. Susan Bronskill, PhD. Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES); Cheryl Gula, Manager, Health Reports , Canadian Institute for Health Information; and Dr. Frank Molnar, Co-Chair, Regional Geriatric Advisory Committee, Co-Chair, Champlain Dementia Network 

Session 3: Connecting the Dots: Moving Towards Better Dementia Care
February 23rd l 12:00 -1:00 pm EST
A brief overview of the two previous sessions on current policy recommendations and emerging evidence. Building on the previous sessions by presenting on current projects being undertaken to address the dementia challenge in Ontario. A greater opportunity for engagement from participants will be available during this session for questions and discussion.
Honorary Co-Chair: Vasanthi Srinivasan, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health System Strategy And Policy Division, MOHLTC
Presenters: Jacquie Micallef, Public Policy & Government Relations, Alzheimer Society of Ontario; and James Meloche, Senior Director, System Design and Implementation, Central East LHIN 

Pre-Event Reading List - Access reports to read in advance of the sessions.

Register Now!
(To Register Complete our Online Registration Form,
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Technical Requirements:
Visual Support - The presentation will be accessible via an Internet connection.  This connection can be any web-enabled laptop or desktop computer of your choice.
Audio Support - Audio support for the presentation will be provided through your telephone via a toll-free line.              
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