Province Health Geriatric Services Conference, March 27: Early Bird Registration Extended to February 24!

The 17th annual Geriatric Services Conference will be held March 27, 2020 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Plan to join your colleagues from across the province for another day of inspiration, latest research and best practices. 

Plenary Speakers

Brendan McCormack, D.Phil, FRCN, FEANS, FRCSI, FRSA, PGCEA, RMN, RGNZ 
Developing Person-entred Cultures of Effectiveness: Developing Transformative Spaces and Places

Janet Kow, MD, MEd, FRCPC
The Real Deal: Lessons from Geriatric Outreach Home Visits

Julie Robillard, PhD
The Future is Here: Ethical Considerations for Adoption and Implementation of Novel Assistive Technologies

Teresa Lui–Ambrose, PhD
Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging: A Focus on Cognitive Reserve

Workshop Topics

“There You Are!” Communication, Relationships and Behaviour Care Planning
Carol Ward, MD, FRCPC, GeriPsych and Amanda Brown, RN, RPN, BSPN

Exploring Dementia through Research with BC First Nations People: Stories from Gitxsan Nation
Gina Gaspard, RN, MN, GNC(C)

Self Compassion: Unleashing Joy in the Workplace
Lawrence Yang, MD, CCFP

Sexuality and Intimacy in Long Term Care: Dignity, Autonomy and Well-being
Marie Carlson, RN, BSN, CRN(C); Bethan Everett, MBA, MSN, PhD; Marlee Groening, RN, MN; Jenny Hyman, MSW, RSW; and Venus Villaos, RCA

An Ethical Exploration of Truth-telling and Deception in the Care of Persons with Dementia: A Participatory Workshop Using a Case Study
Harry Karlinsky, MD, MSc, FRCPC

The Dementia Village Story
Eitaro Hirota, Architect AIBC; Brendan McCormack, D.Phil (Oxon), and others TBC

Consent Across the Continuum: Care Facility Admission, Health Care Treatment, and Restraint
Alison Leaney, MSW, RSW and Krista James, LLB


The early-bird registration deadline has been extended to February 24. Register now to reserve your seat.


A block of rooms is being held until February 26th, 2020 at the Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver at a special rate of $169.00 per night plus applicable taxes. For reservations, please call (604) 684-8461 or toll-free 1-800-663-5491 or email and identify the group name Providence Health Care / Geriatric Services Conference. Early booking is advised.

Board Member Eddy Elmer Featured in Zoomer Magazine

For its March/April edition, Zoomer Magazine asked Canadian experts to share their latest research into healthy aging. We are pleased that BCPGA board member Eddy Elmer was selected as one of those experts. Eddy shared his thoughts on current approaches to reducing social isolation, emphasizing ways to reach isolated older adults who do not normally come to our attention. Have a look at this issue of Zoomer for Eddy’s thoughts on this issue, and other experts’ views on topics such as sexuality, neurodegeneration, robots, and exercise.

Vancouver Premiere of ‘Love and Empty Words’: A Polish Documentary About Dementia and Caregiving

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 7:30pm
The Cinematheque, Vancouver
Polish, with English subtitles
Director: Małgorzata Imielska 78 min DCP

Vancouver Premiere! Married for almost forty years, Adam and Wanda’s hopes that their happy life will continue into old age are shattered when Wanda is stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. The documentary picks up several years after Wanda is first diagnosed, when she is rapidly deteriorating, and follows the couple over the next three years. Love and Empty Words is ultimately a stirring portrait of the enduring strength of love.

Post-screening discussion with Maria Howard, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Maria holds an MBA in Leadership (University of Athabasca) and an M.Ed in Rehabilitation (University of Washington). She is treasurer of the B.C. Lower Mainland Executive for the Canadian College of Health Leaders and a Director on Imagine Canada’s Standards Council.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

Co-sponsored by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and the B.C. Psychogeriatric Association.

Vancouver Premiere of “Good Neighbours,” a Dutch Documentary About Social Isolation, June 19, 2019

Wednesday, June 19 – 7:30 PM
Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street
Netherlands, 2018. Dir: Stella van Voorst van Beest. 80 mins. DCP

Vancouver Premiere! When an elderly woman in Rotterdam lies dead in her apartment for 10 years before her body is discovered, residents of the city are appalled. To ensure it never happens again, city council launches a campaign to combat loneliness, one that begins with home visits to everyone over the age of 75 to assess their level of isolation. Best friends and neighbours, Ada (59) and Wilma (70), volunteer to knock on doors, and meet octogenarians Jan, a widower with mobility problems who has been housebound for seven years, and Tilly, a feisty soul who insists the company of her beloved dog is all she needs. Aggrieved by the neglect they encounter, and overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of the situation, Ada and Wilma put aside their official questionnaires and take action. A heartbreaking and timely film that asks, “what do I owe my neighbours?” and inevitably, “who will care for me when I am old?”

Post-screening discussion with Eddy Elmer, a PhD candidate in social gerontology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Eddy is on the Board of Directors of the BC Psychogeriatric Association and while a three-term member of the City of Vancouver Seniors’ Advisory Committee, was responsible for the creation of the 2018 report on ‘Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Seniors in Vancouver,’ which is available online at

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

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