LeadingAge Magazine · July-August 2019 • Volume 09 • Number 04

The 2019 Biennial Global Ageing Network Conference

July 12, 2019 | by Shannon Davis

This year’s conference, held in conjunction with the Ontario Long Term Care Association, brings together providers from all over the world. Here is a preview.

The Global Ageing Network, an international network of leaders in aging services, housing, research technology, and design, is excited to host its biennial conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 17-19, 2019. All LeadingAge members are also Global Ageing Network members, and can receive discounted rates at Global Ageing Network conferences and events. By participating, LeadingAge members have the opportunity to interact and share knowledge with aged care professionals from all around the world.

About the Conference

The Global Ageing Network is partnering with the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) to co-locate its conference with the OLTCA conference (This is Long Term Care 2019: Transforming Aging Together) in Toronto. The Global Ageing Network conference theme, “Transforming Aging Together,” provides a unique opportunity to learn about and share innovative ideas and to highlight best practices from aging professionals around the world.

In previous Global Ageing Network conferences, participants have had the opportunity to connect with other aged care professionals. Joyce Eid, general manager at the Moadieh Evangelical Center in Beirut, Lebanon, said such a conference can “bring us closer as colleagues in long-term care, as well as strengthen the bonds of friendship and mutual welfare,” during the 2017 conference in Montreux, Switzerland.

Montreux GAN conference photo
Dan Levitt (left) of Tabor Village in Abbotsford,
British Columbia, Canada, with Joyce Eid, of
the Moadieh Evangelical Center in Beirut,
Lebanon, at a recent Global Ageing Network

Pre-Conference Activities

The conference will include pre-conference activities such as the Global Ageing Network Leadership Retreat and the Workforce Summit, and OLTCA’s Innovator’s Den.

The Global Ageing Network Leadership Retreat is a 2-day (Sept. 16-17), immersive learning experience designed to enhance the leadership capacities of emerging leaders committed to the field of aging.

The Global Ageing Network Workforce Summit is a 1-day program (Sept. 17), sponsored by PointClickCare (see sidebar), that will address key topics relevant to the aging services workforce globally.

The OLTCA’s Innovator’s Den (Sept. 17) is designed to showcase both start-ups and revolutionary products or services from across the globe that seek to improve the quality and/or efficiency of care in long-term care homes and aged care services.

Conference Program

The conference program was created to entice aged care professionals to participate in a variety of sessions related to the following major themes:

  • Dementia
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Health and Human Resources
  • Health System Optimization
  • Novel Models of Care or Services
  • Physical Spaces
  • Quality Improvement
  • Quality of life
  • Technology
  • Transforming Data to Intelligence
  • Understanding and Serving Diverse Senior Populations

Interspersed throughout the concurrent sessions, exhibitors will have the opportunity to enhance brand awareness and promote project solutions with a global audience. Social network events include OLTCA’s Conference Kick-Off and 60th Anniversary Party, the Champagne and Diamonds awards gala and ceremony, and plenty of coffee breaks to meet and greet with colleagues and friends.

Post-Conference Activities

The post-conference home tours (Sept. 20) will feature long-term care homes that offer a fresh perspective into resident care, innovation, and education in Ontario. Conference delegates, commercial companies, international attendees, and sector leaders have the unique opportunity to visit 1 of 3 locations:

  • Kensington Health (half-day tour) in downtown Toronto
  • Baycrest Health Sciences (full-day tour) in uptown Toronto
  • Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (full-day tour) in Waterloo, Ontario

To learn more about the conference and preliminary program events, please visit our registration page.

Shannon Davis is program manager for the Global Ageing Network.

Workforce Summit Sponsored

The 1-day Workforce Summit at the This is Long Term Care 2019 conference in Toronto is being sponsored by PointClickCare, creator of an electronic health record and revenue cycle management platform used by more than 17,000 skilled nursing facilities, senior living communities, and home health agencies in the U.S. The Summit will include a roster of speakers from around the world,

“PointClickCare is committed to advancing health care technology and making a material impact on solving the imminent challenges posed by an aging population,” says Cheryl Alden, senior vice president of marketing for PointClickCare. “We are acutely aware of workforce-related challenges that our customers and the industry at large is facing. In North America, there’s an aging population, a growing need for assistance, and as a result, a growing need for workers.

“The Workforce Summit is an opportunity for providers to learn more about international perspectives, approaches, and strategies to workforce-related challenges,” Alden adds.