TORONTO, April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The upcoming annual National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) Knowledge Exchange Conference, held on May 19th at Hart House, University of Toronto, will focus on the aging population and address the major challenges faced by this demographic.
The interactive sessions will focus on knowledge transfer regarding elder abuse, senior suicides, dementia, financial literacy and end-of-life issues. The event will also launch the private beta of the new cutting-edge social web platform, The Aging Application. This new app will revolutionize aging and caregiving by providing immediate access to leading experts, factual knowledge and innovative care management tools.
"Enhancing and supporting networking and collaboration, as well as putting reputable research into practice, are essential in adapting to the unprecedented global aging trend, particularly with baby boomers now starting to reach 65," says Dr. Lynn McDonald, founder and scientific director of NICE and a member of Canada's Network for Centres of Excellence.
NICE is an international network of researchers, practitioners and students dedicated to improving the care of older adults, both in Canada and abroad. Its members represent a broad spectrum of disciplines and professions, including geriatric medicine, gerontological nursing, gerontological social work, gerontology, rehabilitation science, sociology, psychology, policy and law. Through its international arm, the International Collaboration for the Care of the Elderly, NICE has researcher and student partners in nine countries.
About Dr. Lynn McDonald
Dr. McDonald is a professor in the Faculty of Social Work and Director of the Institute for the Life Course and Aging at the University of Toronto. She is the Scientific Director of an International Centre of Excellence, dedicated to the inter-professional care of older adults. She is a co-author of Aging in Contemporary Canada, 2nd edition (2008), and a number of other books and articles. In 2002 she was awarded the Governor General's Golden Jubilee medal for her contributions to Canadian gerontology. In 2007 she received the Betty Havens Award in Longitudinal Research for her contributions to research in aging.
SOURCE National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)