Thursday, May 23, 2013

Guelph Wellington Seniors Association Hosts MY Healthcare: Seniors in Control

GUELPH, Ontario May 23, 2013 - News Release - The Guelph Wellington Seniors Association (GWSA), which offers various programs for local seniors and advocates on their behalf, announced today that all speakers are confirmed for MY Healthcare: Seniors in Control an educational event to be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 from 9:30 to noon.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Samir Sinha provincial lead investigator for the provincial government’s recently released healthcare strategy for seniors. The strategy is designed to help seniors with various healthcare needs to stay in their homes with assistance from agencies in the community. Dr. Sinha, who was featured on a three part TVO series in February, will discuss the new government program and its benefits. The youthful Dr. Sinha is an accomplished geriatrician who has brought exciting changes to senior healthcare at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto as Director of Geriatrics.

As advocates for all seniors in the Guelph Wellington community, and to compliment the health and well being programs offered at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, GWSA seized the opportunity to inform seniors about the initiative being undertaken by the province as it takes shape locally. The GWSA believes in “taking charge” and “making the most” of our seniority.

Following Dr. Sinha will be four local healthcare providers: Dr. George Heckman, geriatrician and Schlegel Research Chair in Geriatric Medicine, University of Waterloo; Ross Kirkconnell, Executive Director, Guelph Family Health Team; Cathy Sturdy-Smith, Manager, Specialized Geriatric Service, Canadian Mental Health Association; and Tricia Murray, Client Service Manager, WW Community Care Access Centre.

They will bring a combined wealth of knowledge on how, when and where to access healthcare in the Guelph Wellington area.

An important part of the forum is the round table feedback session which will take place after the speakers. The sessions will be led by graduate students and other leaders in the seniors’ community and the information will contribute to research at the Institute for Aging at the University of Waterloo.

With more than 2,500 members, the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association is one of the largest organizations of its kind in Canada. We have a straightforward mission..."To empower older adults to be active, to be involved and to age successfully."

To learn more about the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association and this event visit our website at: gwsa-guelph.ca