Aging communities & pandemic lessons: Are we prepared for the next infectious threat? A free public talk

175 Longwood Rd. S., McMaster Innovation Park

23/06/2022, 6:30 pm - TO 23/06/2022 - 8:00 pm

Organizer: McMaster Institute for Research on Aging

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A free public talk about aging, pandemics and infectious dangers — are we prepared for the next pandemic threat?

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Older adults and their caregivers are among the people most impacted by the pandemic — particularly people with disabilities, from racialized communities, with lower incomes, and women and Indigenous people. How did this happen? What will the short- and long-term effects be? And importantly, what did we learn and can do better for the next infectious danger?

Our public talk, part of the 2022 MIRA Knowledge Exchange, is for anyone who wants to learn more about what made the pandemic especially challenging for aging populations and what our communities can do to be prepared for future pandemics and infectious dangers.

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André Picard

André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail and the author of six books, including his current bestseller Neglected No More: The Urgent Need To Improve The Lives of Canada’s Elders. He has received much acclaim for his writing, including being named Canada’s top newspaper columnist last year. Picard has also received the Sanford Fleming Medal from the Royal Society of Canada for his outstanding contributions to science communication. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (BCommerce) and Carleton University (BJournalism) and received honorary doctorates from seven universities, including UBC and the University of Toronto.

Chandrima Chakraborty

Chandrima Chakraborty is a Professor in the department of English and cultural studies and director of the Centre for Peace Studies. She was awarded the title of University Scholar at McMaster University in 2017 and was elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in 2019. She is conducting research on the relation between race, racism and the current global pandemic focusing on South Asian and East Asian Canadians through a project titled “Covid-19 and Asian Canadians: Why does race matter?”

Zain Chagla

Zain Chagla is an associate professor at McMaster University in the School of Medicine and co-medical director of infection control at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. During the COVID-19 crisis, Chagla has contributed to local, provincial, and federal policy planning, and to several clinical trials on COVID-19 therapies. He has published works on COVID-19 research, epidemiology, testing, and infection control.

Moderated by Alexandra Papaioannou

Alexandra Papaioannou is a professor in the department of medicine and a leading researcher with expertise in clinical practices that involve osteoporosis and frailty in older adults, as well as long-term care and community dwellings. Papaioannou is the executive director of the Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences (GERAS) Centre and serves as the co-director of the Hamilton Canadian Multi-Centre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) and the Fracture Think Osteoporosis project. Papaioannou has authored over 300 peer-reviewed articles.