Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 8:30am – 12:00pm
Registration Fee: $20 (spaces are limited)

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With funding from a Planning and Dissemination Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research


The World Report on Ageing and Health (WHO, 2015) outlines four key policy challenges that need to be addressed in order to have successful public health response to population aging: dealing with diversity, reducing inequity, enabling choice, and facilitating aging in place. Recent reviews of aging strategies in Canada have also highlighted gaps in the focus on diversity within these strategies. Increasing recognition of diversity within policy documents has been echoed in the areas of seniors’ mental health, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults, as well as ethnic and minority older adults.

Aligning with evidence to date in Canada and the recommendations from the WHO Report, diversity within aging policies must be a focus in future policy development. As individuals age and experience changes in their mood, behaviour, and thinking (either related to mental illness and/or dementia) they are at risk for the ‘double whammy’ of stigma related to ageism and mental illness/dementia. Using an intersectionality lens also highlights the multiple identities and social locations of individuals who are aging with dementia/mental illness. In recognizing these intersections, it also highlights the chance for layering of stigma and discrimination


The goal of this workshop is to develop a framework that focuses on embedding diversity and intersectional perspectives into policies and strategies on aging, dementia and mental health to better reflect the heterogeneity of the aging population in Canada. Participants will:

  • Review findings from an environmental scan of current strategies and frameworks and explore the analysis of inclusion of diversity;
  • Create a consensus definition of diversity and engage in priority setting to inform future policy development; and
  • Inform a research agenda that focuses on reducing inequities in policies related to aging, dementia, and mental health in Canada.

Who Should Attend?

  • Researchers
  • Students
  • Governmental / non-governmental organizations
  • Healthcare and allied care providers
  • Older adults and their care networks
  • Social services providers
  • Advocates
  • Decision makers


This workshop is lead in conjunction with members of the Diverse Experience in Aging Research (DEAR) Collaborative, an inter-institutional team with a core goal of accounting for and understanding diversity in the aging process. Dr. Kimberley Wilson is the lead facilitator of this workshop.  She is an Assistant Professor in Adult Development & Aging in the Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition.

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