Dr. Parminder Raina is a Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University. He specializes in the epidemiology of aging with emphasis on developing the interdisciplinary field of geroscience to understand the processes of aging from cell to society. He has expertise in epidemiologic modeling, systematic review methodology, injury, and knowledge transfer. Dr. Raina holds a Canada Research Chair in Geroscience, and the Raymond and Margaret Labarge Chair in Research and Knowledge Application for Optimal Aging. He is the inaugural Scientific Director of the McMaster Research Institute for Research on Aging, and The Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, and is the lead principal investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. He is one of the founding members of the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal for citizens and decision-makers, and was the Director of the internationally recognized McMaster Evidence-based Practice Center which was funded by the U.S based Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr Raina has published over extensively in high impact peer reviewed journals and reports, and has supported the development of multiple practice guidelines for dementia, heart failure, and for primary care physicians.
Older Canadians on the Move, a Report by the Expert Panel on the Transportation Needs of an Aging Population, Council of Canadian Academies
This presentation will overview the findings of the recently released Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel report, Older Canadians on the Move. The report addresses a charge put forward by the Canadian federal government department Transport Canada: How can technology and innovation help the Canadian transportation system (under the legislative authority of Parliament) adapt to the needs of an aging population? By taking a multidisciplinary approach and examining key evidence including government reports, statistics, and peer-reviewed articles, the Expert Panel concluded that adapting the Canadian transportation system for an aging population has benefits for all travellers regardless of background, age, or ability, and for the travel industry itself. The Panel also identified obstacles and opportunities encountered by older adults over the course of a journey and found that new technological innovations are not the only solutions to make travel obstacle-free. Sometimes the best solutions are simple, inexpensive, and already exist. Examples of solutions, as well as pathways to help facilitate door-through-door journeys and improve the inclusivity of the Canadian transportation system, are given in the report. Now is an ideal time to develop age-friendly environments in Canada thanks to infrastructure investments that offer opportunities for improvement, and to changes being made to transportation and accessibility governance.