Day 1: September 26




Aging Danishly: Experiences and Lessons Learned in Denmark

This presentation will highlight the exceptional healthcare practices that the CFN-led delegation observed during their visit to Denmark in May 2018.

Moderator: Dr. John Muscedere, CFN Scientific Director & CEO

  • Karen Chan – Assistant Deputy Minister, Health and Social Services, Government of Yukon


  • Cynthia Martineau -Vice President, Strategy, Planning and Integration, South East LHIN





Identifying Frailty: Who? When? Why?

Presenters will consider how frailty assessment and identification can have tremendous impact on treatment, services, and outcomes for older adults.

Moderator: Dr. Greg Hirsch, Professor of Surgery and Director of Research in the Department of Surgery, Dalhousie University


  • Sarah Tam Lee – Advanced Practice Leader- Rehab, SE Health & Elizz
    • SE Health Reactivation Care Model – Empowering clients to unlock their potential through an integrated, holistic approach to care
  • Danielle Sinden – Manager, Centre of Excellence and Applied Research, The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre
  • Dr. Daniel McIsaac, MD, MPH, FRCPC – Associate Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute


It Takes a Village

Supportive communities can take on many forms. Presenters will describe how to best support older adults to live independently for as long as possible.

Moderator: Dr. Wendy Duggleby – Associate Dean of Research & Endowed Nursing Research Chair in Aging and Quality of Life, University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing

  • Volunteer Navigators Connecting, Accessing, Resourcing and Engaging (Nav-CARE) Making a Difference in the Lives of Older Persons with Chronic Illness and Their Communities


  • Dr. Catherine Donnelly – Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University
  • Dr. Frances Morton-Chang – Adjunct Faculty Member, Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
    •  Seniors’ Campuses – Local Solutions for Broad Spectrum Seniors Care
  • Dr. Eman Hassan – Acting Executive Director & Director, Public Health Initiatives, BC Centre for Palliative Care
    • Compassionate Communities in British Columbia: An innovative social palliative care model


Lunch and Networking

Don’t forget to visit the Top Innovators at the Storyboard Forum and vote for Conference Choice Storyboard


Hearing the Voices of People Living with Frailty and their Caregivers:

The Realities and Practicalities of Engaging Older Adults Living with Frailty and/or Their Family Caregivers in Research


Announcement of Conference Choice Storyboard Award


Networking Reception

All delegates are welcome to stay and connect with each other panelists and presenters. Light food and beverage will be served.

Day 2: September 27





Dr. Ken Rockwood – Professor, Geriatric Medicine and Neurology, Dalhousie University

Frailty at the front door: Assess or screen or in between?

Objectives of this presentation are:

  • To consider the differences between screening and assessment in relation to what clinicians need to know when (older) patients are acutely ill.
  • To distinguish between risk stratification and care planning in the evaluation of frailty in people who are acutely ill.
  • To discuss the role of clinical judgment (which is variable) from standardized testing (which purports not to be) in the evaluation of people who are frail and acutely ill.


Assessing Frailty Here, There, and Everywhere

Presenters will discuss the challenges and opportunities for identification of frailty in the home and within healthcare settings.

Moderator: Dr. John Muscedere, Scientific Director & CEO, Canadian Frailty Network


  • Dr. Joseph Emmanuel Amuah – Senior Researcher, Health System Performance Branch, Canadian Institute for Health Information
  • Dr. Darryl Rolfson – Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta
    • Implementation of the Edmonton Frail Scale in Home Care
  • Prof. Olivier Beauchet – Professor of Geriatrics, McGill University
    • Emergency Room Evaluation and Recommendations (ER2)
  • Kashtin Fitzsimons – Manager, Quality Improvement, Amica Senior Lifestyles


What’s Happening at CFN?

  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Clinical Practice Guidelines for Older Adults Living with Frailty
  • Frailty Biomarkers – A Path to Precision Medicine
    • Dr. Parminder Raina, McMaster University Institute for Research on Aging
  • Aging Veterans: Past, Present and Future
    • This presentation will explore the history of programs for aging Veterans and the potential of data sources on Veteran health and functioning to examine the care needs of Veterans.




Connection is a Choice

This interactive session introduces delegates to general principles in how to craft short, clear, conversational statements, intelligible to non-scientists, about what you do and why it matters.

The session consists of an interactive presentation and discussion on interpreting technical material using examples and analogies to illuminate unfamiliar concepts to your audience. The plenary will address problems and solutions in public interactions as well as peer-to-peer communication.

Presenter: James Rea, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science



  • CFN 2019Trainee Poster Winners Announced


2018 Trainee Poster Winner Presentations

Elaine Moody, RN, MSc, PhD, Dalhousie University–Exploring the Needs and Associated Out-of-Pocket Expenses of Older People Living with Frailty who Wish to Age-in-Place

Abe Hafid, MPH, McMaster University–Advance care planning: building capacity in interprofessional primary care teams


Prioritizing Medication Optimization

Special Funding Announcement from Canadian Institute for Healthcare Improvement

CFN Funded Research Presentations: Medication Optimization Competition


Assessing Frailty in Primary Care

A Collaborative with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

Read more about the collaborative