Walk with Me 2016 – General Overview

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What is Walk with Me?

Walk with Me 2014 was the first national conference aimed at changing the culture of aging in Canada. The sold-out event brought together older adults/residents, caregivers, educators, policy makers, students and researchers from all over the country to learn with and from each other about how to enhance the journey of aging across the continuum of care and community living.

The culture change movement continues to grow as the second national conference kicks off in Edmonton, Alberta on March 10-11, 2016.

What is culture change?

Culture change is an ongoing, holistic journey that includes re-examining values, beliefs, attitudes, language, practices and policies and working to implement the full range of efforts needed to transform the culture into a community where everyone thrives.

In Canada, we envision a culture of aging where:

  • the personhood of each individual is honoured;
  • each person is the primary authority of his or her life and personal choices are respected and supported;
  • the focus is on living life to the fullest;
  • accessible and enabling environments support continued engagement and connections in community;
  • the body, mind and spirit of each person are nourished;
  • close relationships and authentic partnerships involving collaborative decision-making are at the core of compassionate communities; and
  • all care partners have the knowledge and information, skills, resources, authority and accountability to provide respectful, flexible and life-affirming care and support.

What will be on the conference program?

This conference will inspire delegates with forward-thinking ideas and provide practical strategies, tools and resources that can be used in day-to-day life.

The program will engage delegates and presenters of all ages to explore and experience aging through a range of formats including powerful keynotes, interactive concurrent sessions, panel presentations, discussion circles and creative expressions (e.g., performing arts, photography, art installations).

Who should attend?

If you are passionate about fostering healthy communities where aging is celebrated and person-centred care is the norm, be sure to attend this event. It is an opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the country and across care settings to learn how others are embracing opportunities and overcoming challenges to change the culture of aging. Older adults and residents are encouraged to attend and share their stories and ideas for aging well.

Walk with Me invites delegates from across care settings (community/home care, retirement/supportive living, long-term care, acute care):

  • Older adults/residents; Family members; Caregivers; Community members; Health professionals; Care providers/owners; Staff at all levels; Professional/provider associations; Older adult advocacy groups; Students; Researchers; Educators; Policy makers

Where can I learn more?

To learn more about this conference, including sponsorship opportunities, registration (open October 2015) and the Call for Sessions (open May 13 – September 15, 2015), visit:

www.the-ria.ca/walkwithme   |   www.capitalcare.net   |   #WALKwithME2016