Myths and Realities About Health Care for an Aging Population
23rd Annual Health Policy Conference | February 22-23, 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.
8:30am | Welcome from the Co-chairs
Patricia Baird, University of British Columbia [Slides]
9:00am | Opening Plenary: Myths and Realities About Demographics
11:00am | Session I: Will Aging Bankrupt the Health Care System?
12:00pm | Lunch Presentation
1:15pm | Session II: Is it Possible (or Sensible) to Differentiate Health and Social Care?
2:45pm | Session III: Aging in (What) Place?
Carole Estabrooks, Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation [Slides]
Tine Rostgaard, Danish National Institute of Social Research [Slides]
Neena Chappell, Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria [Slides]
8:30 am | Session IV: Whose Death is it Anyway?
10:30 am | Session V: Is aging a disease?
12:00 pm | Closing Plenary
Steven Lewis, Health Care Consultant, Saskatoon