The OGA, established in 1982, is a registered charitable organization committed to working with all stakeholders to improve the quality of life of older adults by advancing the teaching, learning and practice of gerontology, in the province of Ontario.

What’s New? Mark Your Calendar for the Ontario Gerontology Association’s 34th Annual Conference!
Aging 2015: Innovation in Care, Networks and Communities
April 21-22, 2015
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The OGA is very pleased to announce the addition of the following speakers to our conference lineup.

Conference Keynote: Immunization and Older Adults*

This year’s #aging2015 conference features Dr. Marla Shapiro as keynote speaker! Did you know…

Dr. Marla Shapiro
  •  the risk of getting shingles increases with age?
  • the pain can persist for more than one year for those over the age of 70?
  • complications of shingles can include incontinence or infections of the central nervous system or cornea?
  • prompt treatment with antiviral drugs can speed recovery?

Learn more about Dr. Shapiro.

Update! Read the #aging2015 Conference Program.

*Program subject to change without notice.

Greg Shaw

Mr. Greg Shaw, of the International Federation of Aging. Greg has a science and health administration background and until taking up the position of Director, International and Corporate Relations in June 2003, held senior management positions within the Australian Commonwealth Department Health and Ageing in Australia.  Since joining the IFA Greg Shaw has had responsibility for the development of the Building Capacity in Health Care Programs in Africa, worked closely with the South African Human Rights Commission to establish an older person’s forum in that country and in 2010 worked with the Government of Mauritius on the establishment of an Observatory on Ageing. He represents the IFA at the United Nations, works closely with government and has responsibility for IFA elder abuse initiatives.



Dr. Joshua Tepper will be presenting on “Patient Centred Care”. Dr. Tepper is a family physician and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Quality Ontario (HQO).  Prior to HQO, Dr. Tepper was the inaugural Vice President of Education at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. As Vice President, he was responsible for Sunnybrook’s educational strategy and programming for learners, physicians and staff, patients and their families and the community.

In addition to his involvement in health policy and research at the provincial level, Dr. Tepper has also been active on a national scale as the senior medical officer for Health Canada, an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), and a research consultant for the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). He has received several provincial and national awards for his leadership in these positions.

Dr. Tepper holds a degree in Public Policy from Duke University, a medical degree from McMaster University, a Master of Public Health from Harvard, and his executive Master of Business Administration at the Richard Ivey School of Business. He completed residency at the University of Toronto.

Independent Living through Robotics – The SILVER Project

Live Webinar

Thursday, March 19, 2015

3:00 pm ET

Your Special Price: $99

 We are pleased to be able to offer a special rate to attend this Conference Board of Canada Webinar! See below for how you can take advantage of $100 in savings!

The population is aging rapidly, and as more Boomers retire, they are looking to ensure they can spend their golden years living at home. To ensure a comfortable and safe lifestyle, The European Commission has funded a development program into new robotic-based technologies could help seniors to continue to live at home even if they have physical or cognitive disabilities. The potential is high, yet, many of these solutions require technologies so advanced that they cannot be found in the commercial market, and so high-risk that firms are reluctant to invest in research and development. So will these solutions ever see the light of day?


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