Thank you to everyone who joined ESS for the R.E.A.L. Conference, our premiere virtual conference.
Our goal was to help empower seniors through tough times, provide resources and food for thought for professionals in the senior service field, along with seniors and caregivers in our community. The first 2 days featured several special guest speakers discussing R.E.A.L. topics (resiliency, equity, accessibility, living for today’s challenges) and representatives from various community agencies speaking about programs and services available to seniors, older adults, caregivers and caregivers caring for family members with developmental disabilities. On the last day, ESS hosted an engaging and interactive day of virtual group activities for its clients, caregivers and older adult community members.
Below are the presentation slides shared by our speakers:
- Rubaiyat Karim, Sessional Professor (Social Supports), Seneca College: What diversity and equity looks like in the workforce and how it impacts service providers. and the community.
- The Connectors Project, social connectedness for seniors: U of T student project in collaboration with ESS.
- ESS Support Services: Programs and services overview.
- Dr. Kate Mulligan, Assistant Professor at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto: Social prescribing in health and social services: moving from ‘what’s the matter with you’ to ‘what matters to you?’
- Heather Aonso, Clinical Lead/Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant, Alzheimer Society of Peel & Behavioural Supports Ontario and Jovana Vulic, Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant from Alzheimer Society of Peel: Advocacy for older adults, how to plan for the future and how to access community supports and services.
- Surrey Place (an organization helping children and adults living with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and visual impairments reach their full potential) : Programs and services overview.
- Community Living Toronto (an organization providing support for people with intellectual disabilities and their families): Programs and services overview.
Thank you again for joining us!