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#BreakingItDown: Building Local Solutions to Complex Needs

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The 2018 Geriatric Clinic Day will focus on local engagement, circles of strength, and creating the essential conditions to do better in complex situations. We will highlight the issues captured through local conversations and work together to develop strategies that contribute to compassionate quality care for frail aging adults and caregivers.

Registration Information

Conference Fee: $75

To register complete the two steps below

Step 1: To register click here 

Step 2: To pay online click here in the Account Number filed type “geriatrics”.

To pay via cheque, make payable to "Geriatric Outreach Services SRHC" and mail to: 

Southlake Regional Health Centre
596 Davis Drive
Newmarket, ON L3Y 2P9
ATTN: "GOT, Box #25"


8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration/Breakfast
Breakfast sponsor: Nurse Next Door 

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. Welcome – Susan Steels , Chair, Geriatric Clinic Day Planning Committee

8:40 – 9:30 a.m. Keynote: Back to Basics: Refocusing on the Simple Things That Count
Arden Krystal, President and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Screening and Harm Reduction: Approaches for Alcohol-related Problems in Older Adults
Dr. Bonnie Purcell, London Health Sciences Centre

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Networking BREAK and Health Expo

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Understanding the Complex Service Needs of Seniors Living With AIDS
Vibhuti Mehra, AIDS Committee of York Region
Kat Murzin, Realize/Realise

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. A Shocking Death? ICD Deactivation at the End of Life
Blythe Gregorio, Southlake Regional Health Centre

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. LUNCH and HEALTH EXPO
Lunch Sponsor: Chartwell Retirement Residences

1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Primary Care and Assessment for Aging Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Shirley McMillan and Claire Staniforth, Surrey Place Centre

1:50 – 2:00 p.m. BREAK Dancing with the Geriatric Outreach Team

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Innovative Local Initiatives that Target Complex Needs


      • Debra Walko, LOFT
      • Cindy Dodd, CLHIN
      • Lorraine Simpson and Kelsy McIntosh, DeafBlind Ontario Services

Moderator: Rosalyn Gambell, Chronic Diseases Management and Health Links
Southlake Regional Health Centre

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. BREAK

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Establishing A CLHIN Seniors Care Network
Patti Reed, Regional Program Manager, Behavioural Supports Ontario
Mackenzie Health along with co-lead Seniors Care Network

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Improving Supports to Caregivers


      • Nancy Cameron, Caregiver and Patient Advisor

      • Andrea Ubell, Alzheimer Society York Region

      • Vandita Gupta, CHATS

      • Sally Kirby, CLHIN Self-Management Program

Moderator: Sue Lantz, Project Facilitator, Central LHIN Caregiver Framework Consultations, and Managing Director of Collaborative Aging.

4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks – Annie Hayward, Geriatric Clinic Day Planning Committee

For more information

For further information about the conference and to inquire about health fair tables and sponsorship options, please contact Susan Steels via email to ssteels@southlakeregional.org or call 905-895-4521, ext. 2941.


Southlake Regional Health Centre
Medical Arts Building Lecture Hall, Level 6
581 Davis Drive
Newmarket, ON L3Y 2P6


Parking information 


This Conference Day was created by an independent Committee passionate about contributing to quality care for seniors and caregivers. The topics were selected based on an independent review of current issues related to aging, patient and caregiver stories, and 2017 participant evaluations.

Thank you to our lunch sponsor, Chartwell Retirement Residences and breakfast sponsor Nurse Next Door.


2018 Geriatric Clinic Day Planning Committee:

  • Susan Steels, Social Worker/Clinical Leader Geriatric Outreach, (Chair)
  • Yvonne Appleby Clark, Recreation Therapist
  • Annie Hayward, GEM Nurse
  • Rosalyn Gambell, Manager, Chronic Disease/Medicine Program/Health Links
  • Janet Rentsch, Retired Senior and HELP Volunteer
  • Sofia Dias, Administrative Assistant, Self-Management Program CLHIN


Cancellation Policy:
Refunds will be provided up to April 1, 2018 less $25 Administrative Fee.


Southlake Regional Health Centre
596 Davis Drive, Newmarket, Ontario   L3Y 2P9
Tel: 905-895-4521   |   TTY: 905-952-3062
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