Conference hosted by the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging

The Nova Scotia Centre on Aging’s upcoming conference (taking place June 16 to 17 at the Mount), “Our Future is Aging: Current Research on Knowledge, Practice and Policy” will showcase the latest research on aging and will offer more than 70 presentations on topics including: brain health, aging in place, social isolation, resilience, health services planning, innovations in clinical practice and much more.

The conference will feature high-caliber keynote presentations as follows:

  • Judith Phillips, University of Stirling, UK has a broad background in researching social, behavioural and environmental aspects of aging; promoting interdisciplinary research; and raising the profile and impact of research.
  • Stephen Katz, Trent University will discuss how and why older adults became part of a risky population.
  • Alex Mihailidis, Barbara G. Stymiest Research Chair in Rehabilitation Technology, University of Toronto will discuss the latest technology to ensure people can continue to live and function well as they get older.

Exhibit Showcase

The conference will also offer an exhibit showcase featuring organizations that represent cross discipline/sector collaborations, help to build research capacity, provide access to data for research on aging, are using data to shape innovative products and services, and foster foster multi-disciplinary research and practice throughout Canada – details.

Panel presentation

Janice KeefeThe two-day event being held at Mount Saint Vincent University (map) will offer a spectrum of the latest evidence about, research on and thinking about aging. The conference also focuses on building capacity for research on aging. This will be the focus of a panel featuring four leading national initiatives that are key to new knowledge, policy and practice. How they support interdisciplinary work, training and mentorship, and collaborations with industry, government and non-profit partners will be examined.

“Individuals involved in the aging field have so much to share with each other, and learn from
each other,” said Dr. Janice Keefe, Director of the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging (pictured at right).

“We are excited that this conference will be a catalyst in learning and sharing the latest science and evidence in the aging sector while fostering research collaborations across the disciplines and showcasing excellence and innovation in aging research.”

The conference offers a program full of informative and varied sessions to better understand research that will influence policy and practice in the aging field.

While the conference requires registration, the public is invited to attend the free Annual Kathryn Allen Weldon Public Lecture on Thursday evening, June 16, by Dr. Kenneth Rockwood; “
Does it matter that dementia is mostly a problem of old age?” (6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, Rosaria Student Centre, MSVU)

For more information and to view the full conference program, visit the conference webpage at

Media are invited to contact the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, via the contact information below, to arrange to interview Dr. Janice Keefe.

For more information, please contact:

Elaine MacFadyen
Communications Coordinator
Nova Scotia Centre on Aging
Mount Saint Vincent University
902-457-6546 (NSCA Office main line)
902-457-6322 (direct)