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Click here to download a copy of the program agenda.  Please note that all listed times are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
  1. Opening Remarks

    Tuesday, May 11 12:00 PM - 12:15 PM


12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
  1. Keynote Address - Changing Perspectives on Aging and Housing

    Tuesday, May 11 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM


    This keynote panel will explore changing perspectives on aging and housing in both Canada and the United States. Arlene will explore changing housing needs of low-income seniors and examine how Canada’s National Housing Strategy supports advancements in seniors affordable housing. Linda will share her insights as a lobbyist at LeadingAge in Washington, exploring the current US affordable seniors housing system and how the pandemic will shift seniors housing policies for decades to come.  

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
  1. BREAK

    Tuesday, May 11 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  1. Concurrent A: Keeping Seniors Housed – Eviction Prevention Strategies

    Tuesday, May 11 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


    This interactive session will teach a proven 10-step case management approach for engaging with and addressing underlying issues related to arrears with senior tenants. Using a case study approach, participants will leave with practical tools they can use in their own eviction prevention work.
  2. Concurrent B: Advocating for the Creation and Preservation of Seniors Housing that Promotes Health and Well-being

    Tuesday, May 11 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


    This session will discuss changes to the landscape of ownership of seniors housing in Canada and the USA, and why ownership type matters. The presenters will advocate not just for the preservation of seniors housing, and more seniors housing across both nations to promote health and well-being based on ownership types.
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
  1. Break

    Tuesday, May 11 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
  1. Concurrent A: Supporting Equity and Diversity in Seniors Housing

    Tuesday, May 11 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


    This session will explore how seniors housing providers can promote equity, diversity and inclusion in order to enhance the health and well-being of senior tenants. The speakers will do a deep dive into the importance of providing linguistically responsive services, and will discuss the need for housing leadership and frontline staff to reflect the diversity of senior tenants.
  2. Concurrent B: Policy Initiatives for Seniors Housing

    Tuesday, May 11 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


    In this session, you will explore the current US context for seniors housing, and policy best practices for tenant engagement, community development, and creating and enriching seniors housing to support aging in place. The panel will explore the changing landscape of seniors housing across the USA, and challenge participants to imagine a better future for seniors housing.
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
  1. Wrap Up

    Tuesday, May 11 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM
  1. Opening Remarks

    Wednesday, May 12 12:00 PM - 12:20 PM


12:20 PM - 1:15 PM
  1. Keynote Address – Building Effective Research and Public Policy Partnerships to Advance Housing Outcomes for Low-Income Seniors

    Wednesday, May 12 12:20 PM - 1:15 PM


    This session will explore a community-based research and public policy partnership in Toronto that used an implementation science approach to co-design a housing model for low-income seniors. This talk will focus on lessons learned for developing successful partnerships between research and policy practitioners to support evidence-based decision making in seniors housing.
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
  1. Break

    Wednesday, May 12 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  1. Concurrent A: Innovative Models to Promote Aging in Place in Social Housing

    Wednesday, May 12 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


    During this session, you will have the opportunity to hear about innovative models in seniors social housing operating in two Canadian municipalities – Toronto and Edmonton. This session will explore models offering varying levels of support for seniors’ tenants - dependent on their individual needs - transition points between housing types based on the varying levels of support required throughout the aging process, and lessons learned throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Concurrent B: Stories of Resilience: Ensuring Quality of Life in a Pandemic

    Wednesday, May 12 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


    This session will explore lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to support senior tenants and renters - and the front line staff working with them - to enable resilience, wellbeing and quality of life. Through stories directly from seniors, seniors housing staff, and researchers, participants will experience the realities of seniors housing in times of crisis and consider how we might change these stories going forward to improve the lives of seniors.
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
  1. Break

    Wednesday, May 12 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
  1. Best Student Research Presentations

    Wednesday, May 12 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM


    During this session, you will hear from the winners of our student poster competition as they share findings from their seniors housing research projects.
3:15 PM - 3:40 PM
  1. Planning for Seniors Housing in Changing Cities: Working Together to Support Communities for All Ages

    Wednesday, May 12 3:15 PM - 3:40 PM


    This session will reflect on some of the key concepts of the conference from the perspective of the organizing committee, and show a short documentary, "Holding Down the Fort: Seniors' Experiences of Belonging in a Changing Detroit" in order to situate the challenges of senior housing affecting communities in both the U.S. and Canada. These challenges are shared, and we can work together to support communities for all ages.
3:40 PM - 4:00 PM
  1. Conference Reflections and Closing Remarks

    Wednesday, May 12 3:40 PM - 4:00 PM


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  1. Mentoring Session

    Wednesday, May 12 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    This is a closed Trainee Mentoring Session with seniors housing experts from academia, policy, and practice 

Event Dates

May 11th & 12th, 2021


11:30 am - Arrival and Orientation
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Sessions

All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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