Program at a Glance - 2017 Grey Matters Conference

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Monday, September 11
6:00 p.m. Pre-Registration
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

2017 Grey Matters Conference - Mix & Mingle

Trade Show and Poster Sessions

Join the 2017 Grey Matters Planning Committee for an evening to ‘Mix & Mingle’, as a warm up to the conference.

The trade show will highlight an opportunity to engage with sponsors and exhibitors before the conference begins.

Poster sessions will offer delegates an opportunity for discovery as they learn about local, provincial and federal seniors programs.

Delegates will be offered a succulent array of food featuring a ‘pig roast’ with all the trimmings, a Hinton specialty!  A vegetarian option will be available.  Cash bar will be open.

Monday, September 11 – Wednesday, September 13

Alberta Seniors and Housing Stakeholder Engagement Advisor Open House

Stakeholder Engagement Advisors will be available to answer questions regarding programs and service for seniors.

Drop-in and meet your regional advisor or schedule an appointment.

Monday, September 11, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.; 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 13, 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, september 12                                                                               
7:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Age Friendly Edmonton 2.0: Mobilizing for Community Impact

Sheila Hallett , BA – Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council
Ingrid Hoogenboom, BSW, RSW – Citizen Services, City of Edmonton


The Office of the Seniors Advocate: What We’re Hearing

Sheree T. Kwong See, PhD, Alberta Seniors Advocate; Leslie Sorenson, Seniors Advocate Representative – Office of the Seniors Advocate


Boomers and Balance

Dr. Karyn Klut, BSc, DC, DACNB – Gateway Chiropractic


Elder Abuse Prevention and Intervention: A Holistic Approach to Supporting Safe Communities for Older Adults

Ashley Corcoran, BSW, RSW; Nicole Dowling, MSW, RSW; Jenna Powell, MSW, RSW – Elder Abuse Prevention Program, Carya

10:25 a.m. Nutrition Break and Exhibits
10:50 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions

The Blanket Exercise

Renay Woelfing, First Nations, Metis, Inuit Facilitator, Grande Yellowhead Public School Division

This session extends until 2 p.m.
Lunch break provided.


The Importance of Vitamin (N)ature & How to Ensure You Get Your Daily Dose

Mandy Johnson, BA Urban Poling Inc.


Supporting the Mental Health of Seniors in Canada: Mental Health First Aid Seniors

Mireille Cyr-Hansen, BSc (PT), MHA, Manger Mental Health First Aid Mental Health Commission of Canada


Enabling the Mobility of Seniors: Insights from a Provincial Survey and Learnings from Two Rural Community-Based Projects

Bonnie Dobbs, PhD, Professor, Director; Tara Lee Pidborochynski, MSc, Assistant Director; Emily Hussey, BSc, Research Assistant - Medically At Risk Driver Centre (MARD)

Al Roth, Director of Operations, Town of Pincher Creek; Doug Thornton, Councillor, Town of Pincher Creek - Pincher Creek Transportation Committee

NOON Boxed Lunches

NOON – 2:00 p.m.

Footprints Activity Sessions

Blanket Exercise, participants must be registered for the 10:50 am session to participate (Friendship Centre)
Boardwalks, Beavers & Birdbaths, Bus Loop from Hinton Community Centre Noon –1:45pm
Urban Poling: Revolutionizing the Way We Walk, meet at Hinton Community Centre
Yogi Bear Yoga: Hinton Campground
Museum Meander: Northern Rockies Museum of Culture & Heritage, Bus Loop from Hinton Community Centre Noon –1:45pm

2:15 p.m.

Keynote Address – Susan Aglukark

Celebrated Canadian | Award Winning Singer-Songwriter |Inuk

Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique and honored artists.  An Inuk from Arviat, Nunavut.  Susan has been walking between two worlds, a defining note in her remarkable career.

She is a rare and exotic presence in the mainstream music world—an Inuk woman, a modern woman, a strong woman with something important to say.  Susan embodies pure, grace, honesty and strength. As her songs climbed the charts her stories and her candor about the struggles of the Inuit and Aboriginal communities have won her an audience beyond that of most pop artists. 

Aglukark’s musical success is more interesting particularly when you realize she didn’t start her career until she was 24.  With no modern musical orthodoxy to draw upon Aglukark was free to respond to the sounds and styles that motivated or inspired her. The (real) appeal of her music is her lyrics and stories within.  Aglukark feels the songs are driven by the stories. “It’s all about the stories.”

As much as she writes and sings about her people, the songs Susan Aglukark creates have something in them that speaks to all of us, whether it’s a woman growing old and longing for the traditional life that she was taken away from, (“Bridge of Dreams”) a gentle anthem for peace and tolerance, (“O Siem”—joy in community). Aglukark’s artistic vision is ultimately a universal one.

3:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Scams, Shams and Schemes: How to Protect Yourself Against Investment Fraud

David Elzinga, CPA, CA•IFA, CFF, CFE – Alberta Securities Commission




Advance Planning: Your Voice Matters

Ray Biggs, BA, BSW, PBD Dip. Gero – Alberta Health Services

Lincoln Mar, BSc, LLB; Wendy Florence, PGR – Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee


Behaviours as a Form of Communication in Dementia, and Advice for Interpreting

Shawna Reid, MN, RN, GNC (C) – Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network ™

Rose Merke, RN, BScN – Health Link, Alberta Health Services

5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

5:05 p.m. -

6:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

A light snack will be offered while you network.

Cash Bar will be open.

Wednesday, September 13

7:00 a.m. Breakfast
7:15 a.m. AGM – Alberta Association of Senior Centres (AASC)
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45 a.m.

Opening Plenary – Dr. Dave Hepburn

Physician| TV Hosts|Authors

The Future of Marijuana – Getting Help Without Getting High

Dr. Hepburn is a leading expert on using medical marijuana and shares why cannabis has become a source of national debate pitching governments against cities, doctors against regulators and even neighbours against patients.

Myth-information abounds and it's the baby boomers and older patients who are battling the hardest for a credible understanding of medical cannabis, what it prevents, why it's effective, what
it is best used for, how it can be used and how to obtain access.

A key opinion leader, Dr. Hepburn consults to organizations, medical and otherwise, on the intriguing world of cannabis and how to prepare for its’ impact on medical and pharmaceutical

10:00 a.m. Nutrition Break  

10:15 a.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Enhancing the Wellbeing of Immigrant Women Seniors: Insights into Promising Practices for Engagement and Program Design

Bronwyn Bragg, PhD Candidate University of British Columbia – Bow Valley College
Celeste Akinkunmi, MSc, Settlement and Integration Manager; Rekha Gadhia, MA, MBA - Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association


Plan Now to Age in Place: “Helping seniors plan today for the life they want tomorrow”

Carol Ching, BA, Senior Policy Analyst Alberta Seniors and Housing

Bernice Sewell, RSW, Director of Operations Sage Seniors Association


Elder Abuse Prevention: Rural Perspectives

Charlene Sitar,  Regional Elder Abuse Prevention Coordinator FCSS Hinton (Yellowhead Region)

Irene Fitzsimmons, BA Hon Psych, Elder Abuse Project Coordinator Community Action for Healthy Relationships (CAHR) Network (Athabasca/Barrhead/Westlock)

Sharon Moore, BSW, RSW, Senior’s Project Coordinator – Town of Cochrane


Linking Social Capital for Sustainable Senior Engagement

Shambhu Nath Chowdhury, RSW, BSW, MBA, PhD Millwoods Seniors Association

11:30 a.m. Lunch  
12:30 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Senior Strong: Age-ing to Sage-ing

Nicole Smith, MEd; Director of Research and Community Engagement – Sage Seniors Association


Keeping Our Seniors Safe Online

Shelly Blackburn, CIPP/C, Director – Compliance Director, TELUS Data and Trust Office

telus wise seniors




Harm Reduction for Older Adults

Lawrence Braul, MSW, CIHCM, CEO – Trinity Place Foundation of Alberta

1:45 p.m. Nutrition Break  
2:00 p.m.

End Note: Dr. Dave Hepburn 

Physician| TV Hosts|Authors

Seven Ways to Die Young… at an Old Age

There is a fountain of youth and in this endnote, Dr. Dave shares what you must do to die young at an old age. He will expose the facts and stats that are based on medical research, the most
current studies of anti-aging from around the world and very practical advice that anyone can follow.

Audiences will laugh and learn as Dr. Dave shares how to avoid the big 3 - Why being a grump is more of a disadvantage than the people around you; what 8 numbers you need to know about
yourself; and how to enjoy, rather than endure, living to 100!

3:15 p.m. Closing Remarks and Door Prizes