The symposium was held from November 19-20, 2023 and was hosted by the Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Aging in partnership with the Aging in Place Research Cluster, UBC Health, and the Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North. The symposium was held in-person at the UBC Vancouver campus.

This inaugural symposium brought together researchers, trainees, and stakeholders across disciplines to provide a holistic and comprehensive perspective on aging. This interdisciplinary focus enabled reflection, discussion and community engagement on the biological, social, cultural and environmental determinants of healthy aging and strategies for prevention and early intervention to increase health span and add quality years to life.

The two-day event featured oral presentations, a poster session, interactive panel discussions, and a networking session. To facilitate knowledge exchange and collaborations, the symposium featured just one session at a time.

We anticipate this symposium being of interest to:

  • Academic researchers with an interest in aging or older adults
  • Trainees including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, health professional trainees, and clinical fellows
  • Health care professionals, e.g. geriatricians, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists
  • Members of organizations who offer support or services for older adults
  • Individuals involved in policy, planning or initiatives focused on the older adult population

Symposium objectives:

  • Convene people from across British Columbia who conduct research related to aging or who use this research evidence in their work or practice to facilitate knowledge mobilization to increase the quality of life for older adults
  • Provide the opportunity for faculty and trainees from across British Columbia to present their research and network
  • Determine, within British Columbia, what is the continuum and breadth of aging research and where are there particular areas of talent, expertise and opportunities for growth
  • Provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion and refection that will bring together people across the medical, biological and social sciences and humanities

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