Need an expert? COVID-19 and seniors

Posted on Friday, April 17, 2020


Members of the media may directly contact the following experts:

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us to re-think how we feel about long-term care, the value of volunteers and staff in these facilities.

It is the perfect time to innovate with programs and technology for our elders.

LINDA GARCIA (French and English)
Professor and Director at the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences


Recent events in long term care facilities have reminded us of the importance to better protect older people. Since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, states have adopted international conventions to protect the rights of women, children and persons with disabilities. The next frontier is the human rights of older people, and they need their own Charter of Rights.

MARGARET GILLIS (English only) 
Founding President of the International Longevity Centre Canada (ILC-Canada), an independent policy think tank focusing on advocating for the rights of older people in Canada located at the University of Ottawa


New pairing program brings caring and comfort to isolated seniors

MD students get social with senior friends to break the COVID-induced isolation.

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