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The Forum is a hub for the public and some of the foremost experts in research and policy to engage in solving some of society's most pressing health challenges. Whether it be healthcare wait times or the health effects of climate change on fragile water systems, we invite the public to hear influential doers and thinkers discuss the issues and to contribute to these dialogues and debates.

Our aim is to increase understanding so that people can take informed action. Talks are tailored to non-specialists, so they can be enjoyed by non-experts who have no special understanding of the topic. We also encourage our speakers to take a wide-ranging approach, not limited to their specific area of interest.

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  • Event: Webinar
    Title: 'Top 10' webinar: Balancing research evidence, stakeholder input and citizen insights in defining the publicly funded basket of core services for mental health and addictions
    Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
    Details:

    This webinar featured a discussion with Heather Bullock (Co-Lead, Evidence Synthesis, McMaster Health Forum), Gail Czukar (Chief Executive Officer, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario) and Camille Quenneville (Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division) on their experiences in the mental health field and in working to help define the publicly funded basket of core services for mental health and addictions.

    Watch the recording from the webinar.

    This was the first webinar in a series, which will feature top ten insights into health systems, evidence-informed policymaking and a range of key health issues, from McMaster Health Forum experts and influential policymakers, stakeholders and researchers from around the world. For more information, visit www.mcmasterhealthforum.org/policymakers/top-ten-webinar-series or follow #MHFtop10 on Twitter to engage in the discussions.



  • Event: Public talk
    Title: Going For Gold As We Age
    Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 5:45 - 8:00 PM
    Sponsors: Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative
    Location: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON
    Details:

    Join Mark Tewksbury, Debbie Muir and Dr. Jennifer Heisz as they discuss the benefits of exercise and social engagement for optimal aging; and share tips for setting goals and creating a winning mindset to help us achieve gold as we age!

    >> 5:45 p.m. Refreshments and info session
    >> 6:30 - 8 p.m. Free public talk

    Follow the discussion on Twitter at #MacAging. Follow @Mac_AgingNews and @MacHealthForum. 

    All are welcome to attend this free public event, which will include an opportunity for audience questions. For more details, see the event poster.


    More information: Can't attend in person? Join us online via live web stream at https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/live/
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  • Event: Public talk
    Title: Solving Big Problems of Aging With Affordable Technologies
    Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016, 4:30 - 5:45 PM
    Partners: This public talk is organized by the Canadian Society for Biomechanics and the McMaster Health Forum
    Sponsors: Funded by the Canadian Society for Biomechanics and McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative
    Location: Sheraton Hamilton Ballroom, 116 King Street West, Hamilton, ON
    Details:

    By 2051, one in four Canadians will be a senior. Join Dr. Geoff Fernie as he talks about the development of innovative and affordable solutions that can help Canadians remain in their homes as they age. 

    Solving Big Problems of Aging With Affordable Technologies
    When:
     Thursday, July 21, 2016. 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. EDT
    Where: Sheraton Hamilton Ballroom, 116 King Street West, Hamilton, ON

    All are welcome to attend this free public event, which will include an opportunity for audience questions. No registration required.

    Join the discussion on Twitter at #MacAging and #CSB2016
    Follow us >> @MacHealthForum @Mac_AgingNews

    This public talk is organized by the Canadian Society for Biomechanics and the McMaster Health Forum. It is supported by the Canadian Society for Biomechanics and McMaster University's Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.

    This talk is part of a series of Forum-led optimal aging events.

    View the event poster.



  • Event: Public talk
    Title: Mental health matters: depression and anxiety in older adults
    Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 5:45 - 8:00 PM
    Sponsors: Funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative
    Location: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON
    Details:

    Mental health issues impose an enormous disease burden on societies across the world with depression alone affecting 350 million people globally.  It is estimated that one in ten Canadian adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives. For seniors in assisted living facilities, the rate of anxiety and depression increases significantly. The social stigma around mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community.  

    Join us as Michael Landsberg, host of TSN’s Off The Record and well-known mental health advocate, and Dr. Doug Oliver, a family physician with a passion for supporting the physical and mental health of older adults, engage in an open discussion on depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges facing older adults.

    Mental Health Matters: Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults
    When: Wednesday, June 8, 2015. 6:30 - 8 p.m. EDT
    Where: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON
    >> 5:45 p.m. Refreshments and info session 

    All are welcome to attend this free public event, which will include an opportunity for audience questions. No registration required. The venue is accessible, however if you require any specific accommodations to attend please contact us at mhf@mcmaster.ca

    Can’t attend in-person? Join us online via live web stream at https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/live/mental-health-matters

    This public talk is organized by the McMaster Health Forum and is supported by the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.

    This talk is part of a series of Forum-led optimal aging events.

    View the event poster.


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  • Event: Public talk
    Title: The science of Alzheimer’s: where are we going?
    Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
    Partners: This public talk is organized by the McMaster Health Forum in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Canada, Alzheimer’s Disease International, Alzheimer Society of Brant Haldimand Norfolk Hamilton Halton, and MedicAlert Foundation Canada.
    Sponsors: Funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative
    Location: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON
    Details: Alzheimer's disease is estimated to account for 60–70% of the 47.5 million cases of dementia worldwide. It is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people and has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a public health priority. Despite the increased focus on this disease, many questions remain unanswered.
    Join us on September 22 as Jay Ingram, one of Canada’s best-known and most popular science personalities, and Dr. Christopher Patterson, an expert on the diagnosis and treatment of dementia, examine the latest research and evidence into risks, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

    ** 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. EDT – Refreshments will be served. Information will be available from the Alzheimer Society of Canada and MedicAlert Foundation Canada
    ** 8 – 8:30 p.m. EDT – Book signing with Jay Ingram. Copies of his recent book “The End of Memory: a natural history of aging and alzheimer’s” will be available for purchase

    View the news item and event poster.
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  • Event: Public talk
    Title: Active Living: How to Form Healthy Habits for Optimal Aging
    Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
    Sponsors: Funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.
    Location: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON
    Details: BodyBreak’s Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod discuss strategies and evidence for healthy, active aging. View the news item and event poster.
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  • Event: Public talk
    Title: Wearable Technologies and Optimal Aging
    Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
    Sponsors: Funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.
    Location: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON
    Details: Join Nora Young and Dr. Anthony Levinson as they discuss the impact of wearable technologies on optimal aging and their potential for the future. The popularity of wearable technologies has grown rapidly over the past few years, but the impact of these devices on health and healthcare remain uncertain. Can wearable technologies help citizens age optimally? View the news item and event poster.
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  • Event: Public talk
    Title: Breast cancer screening: making sense of the evidence
    Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    Sponsors: Funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.
    Location: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON
    Details: We know that breast cancer screening (mammography) can identify breast cancer early, but at what cost? Join Dr. Jonathan Sussman and Dr. Cathy Risdon as they discuss the latest evidence on breast cancer screening and reflect on the impact this evidence has on their interactions with patients. View the news item and event poster
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  • Event: Webinar
    Title: Cochrane Canada Live! webinar: Health Systems Learning
    Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
    Partners: Cochrane Canada
    Details: This recording of the March 2015 webinar with Dr. Kaelan Moat discusses Health Systems Learning, an educational program developed and managed by the McMaster Health Forum, to provide online and in-person training about how to reform, renew or strengthen health systems, and how to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them. The first online course focuses on how to find and use evidence to accomplish this.
    This webinar explores the key features of this educational program, introduces the audience to related tools and resources, and outlines how you can enroll in one of the training opportunities.
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  • Event: Webinar
    Title: Cochrane Canada Live! webinar: Citizen Panels
    Date: Monday, February 23, 2015, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
    Partners: Cochrane Canada
    Details: This recording of the February 2015 webinar with François-Pierre Gauvin discusses the Forum's Citizen Panels program, which provides the opportunity for citizens to share their views and experiences on high-priority issues. Building around a deliberative dialogues approach, this innovative program helps to uncover unique understandings of these issues and spark insights about viable solutions that are aligned with citizens’ values and experiences.
    This webinar explores the key features of citizen panels, what we’ve learned about them, and how you can request one.
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  • Event: Public talk
    Title: What we eat: Nutrition as the foundation to healthy aging
    Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    Sponsors: Funded by McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.
    Location: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON
    Details: Good nutrition is essential to aging well. Much of the malnutrition that occurs in long-term care is preventable, attributed to the eating environment, food quality and the ability to access food. Join Heather Keller, a leader in research on nutrition and aging, as she shares her views on these issues and how we can provide a better foundation to healthy aging. View news item or poster.
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  • Event: Webinar
    Title: Cochrane Canada Live! webinar: Stakeholder Dialogues
    Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
    Partners: Cochrane Canada
    Details: This recording of the January 2015 webinar with Dr. John Lavis discusses the Forum's signature Stakeholder Dialogues program. Dialogues consist of a multi-stage process that aim to ensure relevant evidence on pressing health concerns is used to fuel action for improving health outcomes through collective problem solving. The innovative program developed by the Forum focuses attention on a health challenge by marshalling research evidence and convening stakeholders for an off-the-record discussion that will inform future actions and policymaking.
    This webinar explores the key features of stakeholder dialogues, what we’ve learned about them and how you can request one. Dr. John N. Lavis is a former chair to PAHO's Advisory Committee on Health Research.
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  • Event: Public talk
    Title: Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving: Health Effects and Treatment Strategies
    Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    Sponsors: McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative; Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres; Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging
    Location: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON
    Details: Supporting caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease is imperative given that they face significant challenges, including high emotional stress, severe fatigue, depression, and/or experience social isolation. Join Richard Schulz, a leader in research about the health effects of caregiving, as he shares his views on how we can better support caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. View news item or poster.
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  • Event: Public talk
    Title: Who Cares? Preparing the System and the Caregiver for What Lies Ahead
    Date: Monday, December 8, 2014, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    Sponsors: McMaster University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative; Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres; Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging
    Location: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON
    Details: With the number of people over the age of 65 expected to double in the next 20 years and family and friends providing 80% of home care in Canada, it is critical to prepare both our system and caregivers to meet the challenges ahead. Join Janice Keefe, a leader in research about caregiving policy and practice, continuing care policy and projecting the needs of older Canadians in the future, as she shares her views and insights about how to address these and other challenges related to preparing for what’s needed to care for older Canadians. View news item or poster.
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  • Event: Public talk
    Title: There is No Place Like Home: Providing Alternatives to Hospital Care
    Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    Sponsors: McMaster University's Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative; Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres
    Location: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON
    Details: Dr. Graham Ellis, a geriatrician from Scotland, will describe the successful 'hospital-at-home' service that he's been leading for the past three years. The service has been successful in allowing more patients to be cared for at home rather than in hospital, with services provided by a team of nurses, doctors, social care staff and other health providers. All are welcome to attend this free public talk, which will also be available through a live webstream. View news item or poster for more details.
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  • Event: Webinar
    Title: Cochrane Canada Live! webinar: Rapid Response Program
    Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
    Partners: Cochrane Canada
    Details: The Forum's new rapid-response service provides responses to urgent requests from Canadian policymakers and stakeholders for evidence about health-system challenges, and it complements existing programs targeted at other domains such as health technologies. The turnaround is three-, 10- or 30-business days, in the form of a rapid (knowledge) synthesis. This webinar examines the features of the rapid-response service as illustrated by work in Ontario, how to reach the McMaster Health Forum about setting up a similar program in other Canadian provinces and territories, and how to submit a request for your immediate needs.
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  • Event: Public talk
    Title: Sod 70: Using Research Evidence to Push the Problems of Aging to Our 90s
    Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    Sponsors: McMaster University's Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative; MedicAlert Foundation of Canada
    Location: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON
    Details: How do we make the right health decisions today to improve the quality of our lives as we age? Sir Muir Gray, a leading authority from the United Kingdom on how we can use research evidence to push the problems of aging to our 90s, will share insights to empower us to make informed decisions about our health. In this talk he will draw upon more than 40 years of working in the medical field including his work on the The 70 Plus programme which is designed to support people who are 70 or older to maintain and improve their health. View news item or poster for more details.
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  • Event: Public talk
    Title: Disruption, Peer to Peer Healthcare, Creativity and YouTube: How to Fail Well in Patient Engagement
    Date: Monday, October 27, 2014, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    Sponsors: McMaster's Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative; MedicAlert Foundation of Canada
    Location: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON
    Details: Mike Evans, a Toronto family physician whose YouTube videos about health have been viewed more than 10 million times, will talk about the changing landscape in how patients and healthcare professionals interact, and the impact technology has made on the way consumers seek out health information. All are welcome to attend this free public talk, which will also be available through a live webstream. View news item or poster.
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  • Event: Webinar
    Title: Cochrane Canada Live! webinar: Health Systems Evidence
    Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
    Partners: Cochrane Canada
    Details: This recording of the October 2014 webinar with Dr. Kaelan Moat discusses Health Systems Evidence, the world's most comprehensive, free access point for evidence on how to strengthen or reform health systems or in how to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them, is a ‘self-serve’ resource that can help policymakers and stakeholders rapidly identify research evidence related to their work. 

    This webinar explores the key features of Health Systems Evidence to make the most of its many search functions and how to keep up with evidence in your particular area of interest.
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