Canada Needs a New Seniors’ Strategy: Lessons from the Pandemic

  • September 20, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom virtual meeting


Robert Bell, MD

Robert Bell served as Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care from 2014 to 2018. Prior to this role, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of University Health Network for nine years. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer at Princess Margaret Hospital and Chair of both Cancer Care Ontario’s Clinical Council and the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario.

Dr. Bell received his Doctor of Medicine from McGill University, a Master of Science from the University of Toronto and achieved his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1983. He completed a sub-specialty training in Orthopaedic Cancer Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University in 1985, and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2005.

Dr. Bell is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Surgeons and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. As an internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon, health system executive, clinician-scientist, and educator, Dr. Bell has more than 40 years of health care experience.

Canada Needs a New Seniors’ Strategy: Lessons from the Pandemic

All Canadians will remember that a disproportionate number of our fellow citizens died in our country’s congregate seniors’ living centres during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure that we honour the memories of those people we need to ensure that we understand why mortality in long-term care was so high.  In this way we can respond to evidence in building back better now that vaccination is bringing this terrible episode to a conclusion.

This renewed Seniors’ Strategy must not only address issues in congregate living but must also consider better ways of maintaining independence for frail seniors. This presentation will discuss the evidence of what needs to be done and will propose some new options for how seniors can live independently and safely.

This event is part of the Fall 2021 Speaker series. 

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