The Massey Dialogues — COVID, the old and Canada: What’s wrong with us?

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The Massey Dialogues — COVID, the old and Canada: What’s wrong with us?

Wednesday, October 7 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT


This event will be broadcast online and is welcome to all – there is no login or registration required to tune in from the comfort of home. Click here to watch the livestream.


The glare of COVID-19’s spotlight in Canada falls shockingly on old people — at least 80 per cent of pandemic deaths in the country have occurred among the institutionalized elderly, the highest proportion in the world. Why? Are we that callous as a society toward the elderly needing assistance or has there been some aberration in the evolution of Canada’s health care system that has left elderly care orphaned and fragile?

Massey Dialogues this week brings you three of the College’s members who have spent much of their exceptional academic careers examining the issue. Our special guest is Senior Fellow Ito Peng, Canada Research Chair in global social policy and professor of sociology and public policy at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, specializing in family, gender, and demographic issues, migration and comparative social policy. She will be joined in conversation by Senior Fellow Dorothy Pringle, professor emerita and former dean of nursing at University of Toronto whose research has concentrated on the quality of daily life of older people who are cognitively impaired, and those who live in long-term care facilities and their family caregivers, and Junior Fellow Husayn Marani, doctoral candidate in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation who examines aging with dignity and the shift to home care from institutional care for the infirm aged. The session will be moderated by Senior Fellow and journalist Michael Valpy.


Click here to watch the livestream of this event. The Dialogues are open to the public – we invite everyone to join and take part in what will be a very informative online discussion. Participants are invited to submit questions to the speakers in real time via the youtube channel’s chat function. For information about the Massey Dialogues salon series, click here.





Wednesday, October 7
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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