SSM Conference 2022

Home Supports: From Need to Reality

SSM’s Annual Conference for 2022 will be held 

May 18 – 19, 2022 via Zoom.

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Conference times:

May 18: 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

May 19: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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For the past year SSM has been raising awareness of the need for a home supports program in Saskatchewan.  Invariably, the response to the concept of home support has been enthusiastically positive.

This year’s conference will examine the actions that we – as individuals, as communities and as a province – must take to create a new reality that ensures older adults can age where and how they choose. 

Please scroll down for more information. 


Dr. Samir Sinha

Dr. Samir K. Sinha MD, DPhil, FRCPC, AGSF

Dr. Samir Sinha is the Director of Geriatrics at Sinai Health System and the University Health Network in Toronto and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Director of Health Policy Research at Ryerson University’s National Institute on Ageing.

A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Sinha is a highly regarded clinician and international expert in the care of older adults. He is the Architect of the Government of Ontario’s Seniors Strategy and in 2014, Maclean’s proclaimed him to be one of Canada’s 50 most influential people and its most compelling voice for the elderly.  Dr. Sinha is a member of the Government of Canada’s National Seniors Council, and is also currently leading the development of new National Long-Term Care Standards for Canada. 

Beyond Canada, Dr. Sinha is a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council.  Dr. Sinha has further consulted and advised hospitals and health authorities in Britain, China, Iceland, Singapore, St. Kitts and Nevis, Taiwan and the United States on the implementation and administration of unique, integrated and innovative models of geriatric care that reduce disease burden, improve access and capacity and ultimately promote health.

Dr. Sinha will speak about the emotional, physical, and psychological benefits to older adults when they are able to remain in their homes and their communities, as well as some of the negative effects of prematurely being forced to live in an institutional setting

Dr. Gillian Ranson

Dr. Gillian Ranson

Professor Emerita, University of Calgary, author of Front-Wave Boomers – Growing (Very) Old, Staying Connected and Re-imagining Aging. 

Gillian will talk about her research with older boomers who are on the brink of the late stages of aging and what they discovered about the need for individuals and communities to envision and plan for this stage of life. 

Dr. Michael Teit Nielsen

Dr. Michael Teit Nielsen

Michael Teit Nielsen is the Vice President, responsible for Advocacy, Strategy, and Innovation at DaneAge Association (Ældre Sagen), an organization with 800,000 members (35 % of Danes 50+ are members), 19,000 volunteers and a staff of 130.

 Michael has worked for DaneAge for 25 years, with experience in several of the departments. Currently his responsibilities include the development of policies in areas such as pensions, health, housing, care, nutrition, assisted living and digitization.

With a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Copenhagen, Michael’s writing and teaching highlights the fiscal advantages of enabling a healthy, contributing Danish older population.

For his own relaxation, Michael enjoys his family, hiking and playing jazz guitar.

As well as our speakers, the conference will feature a panel of Saskatchewan people discussing aging in place. The four people on the panel are

  • Rennie Harper, SUMA VP for Towns and Mayor of Nipawin;
  • Jayne Whyte, longtime activist and advocate for mental health and for those living with lower income;
  • Beliz Açan Osman, senior researcher with the Health Quality Council; and
  • Brian Harris, SSM Board member and chair of the Research and Issues Committee.

Preregistration is required. 

Registration fee is $20/person.  

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Registration fee is $20/person.


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