G7 summits are premised on the active participation of all delegates throughout the proceedings. In this instance, approximately 100 experts from throughout Canada with leadership roles in a variety of research and policy sectors are being invited to contribute to setting next steps in research, action, and policy.
After an informal welcome reception on Monday evening, the program will open on Tuesday morning with a keynote presentation from Dr. Carole Estabrooks, who is chairing the committee mandated to update the RSC Policy Briefing on Long-Term Care.
Following the keynote, there will be a panel featuring experts from diverse fields focusing on social engagement, treatment and prevention at all life stages. The panel will explore the healthcare system from a health perspective, including considerations of new medicines and new techniques; Indigenous ways of knowing; non-clinical interventions and prevention; the benefits of elder care; and our perception of elders.
The objective of the panel is to set the stage for the first of two breakout working sessions in which all attendees will participate. The first working session, on Tuesday afternoon, will focus on establishing next steps in research and action in social engagement, treatment and prevention. The afternoon will close with a read-out from rapporteurs on the findings of each working group. There will be a dinner on Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday morning the programme will open with a second panel focusing on policy and infrastructure. This panel will explore the healthcare system from a policy perspective, including the demographic implications of an aging population; the state of long-term care facilities; aging in place; caregiver supports; poverty and homelessness amongst the elderly; long-term healthcare for the next generation; and human rights. Following the panel on Wednesday morning, the working groups will reconvene with a view to establishing next steps in these realms.
Following the read-outs from the Wednesday morning working sessions, the summit will close over lunch with opportunities for engagement in 2024.