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February 2021

Technology with a Face: A future with social robots

February 24 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

February 2021—Robots have already had a massive impact on our world and, as we learn to make them more social, are poised to evolve our hospitals, schools, businesses, and homes. However, given the potential for these robots to change the very fabric of our society and interactions, we have a responsibility to approach their deployment in a considered and collaborative way. Technology can bring with it great change, good and bad, and technology with a face, even more-so. Speaker: Shane…

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March 2021

From ideation to implementation: A case study in translating advances in research into industry-friendly outcomes

March 9 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

March 2021—This talk will give a high-level overview of a researcher’s journey in transforming the research outcomes of the CARE-RATE project into a licence-ready format that is accessible by industry.  Topics will include development of multi-institution IP sharing, translation of knowledge between disciplines and sectors, and obtaining NSERC funding to complete a market assessment. The talk will conclude with a discussion of what might be done to improve these types of activities. Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Boger, Assistant Professor, University of…

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April 2021

Responding to the COVID-19 Emergency, Returning to Growth: Older Workers and the Pandemic Recovery

April 1 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

April 2021—The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the Canadian economy in a severe and unprecedented manner. For older workers and their families, the pandemic represents an ongoing challenge to their livelihoods, employment status, and financial well-being. Moreover, the current public health risks associated with COVID-19 also threatens the policy goal of increasing the labour force participation of older workers over the course of the next decade. This presentation will address the following policy question: what actions can be taken to ensure…

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Measuring and enforcing the human rights of older persons

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

April 2021—In this webinar, we will review the efforts globally to develop a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons and consider how the rights of older persons in New Brunswick and Canada today can best be measured and enforced. A proposed annual measurement tool on the State of the Older Person and a policy lens to take older persons into account in policy development will be discussed. Speaker: Christian Whalen, Deputy Advocate, Office of the Child, Youth,…

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May 2021

Policy Innovation Lab Webinar: Enhancing the Innovation Ecosystem for Health Technology Adoption in New Brunswick Through Collaboration

May 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Our policy innovation lab aims to better understand the landscape for health technology development in New Brunswick (NB) to address the barriers NB based researchers and innovators consistently run into; we are particularly focused on health technologies aimed to benefit our aging population. In this session, we will provide an overview of this approach and share the highlights of discussion from our first workshop in this lab process. We will then share the next steps for the future workshops and…

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The need for policy change to facilitate improved pain assessment and management in long-term care facilities

May 27 @ 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

May 2021—As many as 80% of long-term care residents may be suffering from persistent pain. Yet pain problems in this population are underrecognized, underassessed and undermanaged. Underlying conditions causing pain may go undetected leading to increased suffering and, often, higher future health care costs. Current policies specify minimum standards for pain assessment that do not meet patients’ needs. This presentation will outline policy changes that are needed to improve pain assessment and management in long-term care facilities. Speaker: Dr. Thomas…

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June 2021

Late life homelessness: Recognizing and addressing unmet need

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

June 2021—Homelessness among older people is on the rise in Canada and international contexts. This webinar outlines key issues and needs with regards to late life homelessness, and highlights gaps in policy and practice. It shares lessons and insights from research with older people with lived experience, and provides suggested directions for change. Speaker: Amanda Grenier, PhD, Professor and Norman and Honey Schipper Chair in Gerontological Social Work When: June 17 @ 2:00 - 2:30 pm ADT or 1:00 -…

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July 2021

How attention to provincial long-term care policies can support or inhibit resident quality of life

July 21 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

July 2021—Long-term care homes are complex settings in which people live and work. They are a place many call "home" in their later years yet they are highly-regulated environments with a strong emphasis on safety and security. This paradox emerges as a key message from our review of policies in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia and has been further highlighted during the pandemic. This presentation will provide insights from the Seniors-Adding Life to Years project's policy review and…

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August 2021

Community Connectors: Harnessing positive community energy to address social isolation and loneliness

August 18 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

August 2021—Social isolation and loneliness among older adults has been described as a global epidemic by the US Surgeon general prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. It may impact one’s health and has been said to cost $1644 USD per person yearly in health care dollars. Systems are slowly realizing the importance of addressing this issue. To further guide decision makers, three components can be considered when setting policies aimed at assisting community members and developing interventions: interventions should be adaptable…

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September 2021

Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-Making

September 15 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

September 2021—Although international, federal, and provincial / territorial laws protect the rights of people living with dementia to make their own decisions or participate in decision-making where they have capacity issues, people living with dementia are often excluded from making decisions about health care, money, and other every day issues that matter to them. This webinar will highlight key laws, identify barriers to participation in decision-making, and discuss the work of the Canadian Centre of Elder Law to support policy…

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