BOOMERANGST: Myths and Realities about health care for an aging population

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Vancouver, BC
February 22, 2011 to February 23, 2011

The Canadian population is aging. In 2011, the leading edge of the baby boom turns 65 – with the great bulge of that generation to follow. That simple fact has focused important attention on some key realities such as the likely major increase in Canada's dependency ratio. But it has also spawned a dizzying number of assertions, myths, half-truths and misunderstandings about the implications of aging for our health care system. These tend to deflect attention away from the very serious decisions that will need to be made over the coming decades.


Day 1: February 22, 2011

8:30 am -- Welcome from the co-chairs  
  Patricia Baird, University of British Columbia Audio Slides


9:00 am -- Opening Plenary: Myths and Realities about demographics  
  Jay Olshansky, University of Illinois Audio Slides
  Alan Cassels, University of Victoria Audio Slides


11:00 am -- Session I: Will aging bankrupt the health care system?  
  Michael Wolfson, University of Ottawa Audio Slides
  Stephen Duckett, University of Alberta Audio Slides


12:00 pm -- Lunch Presentation Audio Slides


1:15 pm -- Session II: Is it possible (or sensible) to differentiate health and social care?  
  John Sloan, University of British Columbia Audio Slides
  Jon Glasby, University of Birmingham Audio Slides
  Vasanthi Srinivasan, Ontario Health Systems Strategy Division Audio Slides


2:45 pm -- Session III: Aging in (what) place?  
  Carole Estabrooks, Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation Audio Slides
  Tine Rostgaard, Danish National Institute of Social Research Audio Slides
  Neena Chappell, Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria Audio Slides


Day 2: February 23, 2011

8:30 am -- Session IV: Whose death is it anyway?
  Hsien Seow, Cancer Care Ontario Research Chair Audio Slides
  Dr. Michael Dolan, Internal Medicine Physician Audio Slides
  Hon. Sharon Carstairs, P.C., Liberal Senate Forum Audio


10:30 am -- Session V: Is aging a disease?  
  Matthew Farrer, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics Audio Slides
  Ross Upshur, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics Audio Slides


12:00 pm -- Closing Plenary Speaker  
  Steven Lewis, Health Care Consultant, Saskatoon Audio