May 26, 2018
The Quadra Granville Seniors Group and the South Granville Seniors Centre are sponsoring a free forum on Seniors Social Isolation. Social isolation and loneliness has been identified as a major concern in our society causing significant negative effects on health, health care costs and personal well-being.
May 26, 2018
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
2nd floor auditorium
Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be available
Eddy Elmer, Vancouver Seniors Advisory Committee, who holds a Masters Degree in Gerontology and is a PhD student at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, will speak about his research into social isolation and loneliness among seniors. Reference will be made to his newly released, extensive report on this topic including recommendations which could be implemented by all levels of government and the community to reduce social isolation and loneliness among seniors.
Representatives of the federal, provincial and city governments have been invited.
Round Table Discussions
The presentations will be followed by smaller round table groups where the audience can share their views and discuss methods to address the problem.
This Forum intends to further the dialogue on this important topic by bringing together all elements of our community. Please join us and be part of the conversation.
This is a free forum; cash donations accepted to help cover the costs.
Apr 26, 2018
Seniors Multicultural Festival
Sponsored by South Granville Seniors Centre
Date: April 26 , 2018
Location: 1420 W 12 Ave, Vancouver
Time: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
May 26, 2017
The Quadra-Granville Seniors Group hosted a Forum: “A Better Prescription: How Government Could Make Medicines Safer and more Affordable for our Aging Population.”
Canada spends $30 billion annually on prescription drugs; our spending on pharmaceuticals is more than any other OECD country with the exception of the US. Yet, we spend one of the lowest levels on R&D. In 2015, a national survey found 14% of patients reported not filling a prescription because of cost and another 9% skipped doses to make the prescription last longer. Surveys suggest that $5 billion spent by employers on drug benefits is wasted. Others estimate that a third of seniors fill at least one prescription for medicines believed to pose unnecessary risks and that one in six hospitals admissions are the result of adverse drug reactions.
Attendees heard how provincial and federal governments could work strategically to make medicines safer and more affordable for all.
Dr. Steven G. Morgan is a Professor of health policy at UBC in the School of Population and Public Health. He is an expert in pharmaceutical policy. He has published hundreds of research papers and has served as an expert advisor to governments in Canada and overseas. His current focus is on designing policies to achieve “Triple A” outcomes: Access to medicines, Appropriate prescribing and Affordable prices.
A discussion followed Dr. Morgan’s presentation. Joyce Murray and Isobel Mackenzie gave brief statements addressing the issues.
Chris Finch, Gillian Chetty, Jean Lewandowski, Luke Lewandowski (Quadra)
Alan Lowe (Granville)
Quadra-Granville Seniors Group, a non-partisan Vancouver Westside group interested in Seniors’ policies