Media advisory - Leading international experts on caregiving, disability, aging, and technology come together to share a wealth of knowledge on how the world's aging population can live longer and better

    TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - The Festival of International Conferences on
Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology (FICCDAT) will bring together for
the first time five distinctive conferences focused on enhancing the lives of
seniors, persons with disabilities and their family caregivers.
    The world's leading experts - physicians and other healthcare
professionals, government policy makers, researchers, family caregivers,
students, seniors and persons with disabilities - will share their research
findings and wealth of experience on the issues facing aging populations, the
evolving roles of family caregivers and the innovative technologies that will
assist us as we grow older.
    FICCDAT will explore the most current scientific, technological and
social developments aimed at dealing with the challenges of an aging
    Never before has there been a professional event of this scale where
international conferences unite with a common focus approached from different

    June 16 - 19, 2007

    The entire Festival will be located at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.
    123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario

    As baby boomers continue to live longer, most will face disability as a
result of chronic and age-related illness, while people with disabilities are
now living longer and experiencing additional complications due to age.
Questions around who will care for this aging population and what technologies
can be used to help them live independently and safely need to be discussed.

    FICCDAT has attracted leaders in healthcare, public policy and research
from around the world. Here are just a few:

    - The Right Honourable, The Baroness Jill Pitkeathley, House of Lords,
    London, England -
    Everyone will either care for or be cared for in their lifetime. There is
an urgent need for greater recognition and heightened awareness of the
diversity of the caregiving experience, understanding of the challenges
associated with family/friend caregiving and identification of strategies to
bring about change. Canada has done little to recognize the 2 million informal
caregivers who sacrifice their jobs and family.

    - Tamar Heller, Director of Advanced Training for Disability and
    Rehabilitation Scholars Program, University of Illinois at Chicago -
    New advances in medicine mean that people with disabilities are living
longer and are faced with the same complications of aging as the rest of the
population in addition to their disability. How do we plan for this both in
community care and healthcare? How are governments planning for this aging

    - Randolph J. Nudo, PhD, Director, Landon Center on Aging, Professor,
    Dept. of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Kansas
    Medical Center -
    What are some of the unique challenges facing medical communities around
the world concerning the aging population and the relative increase in
prevalence of neurological disorders such as dementia.

    March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization
providing support services to over 50,000 people with disabilities, their
families and caregivers across Canada. For more information please visit the
website at or call 1-800-263-3463.

    At the TORONTO REHABILITATION INSTITUTE, our goal is to advance
rehabilitation and enhance quality of life by pushing the frontiers of
rehabilitation science. As Canada's largest academic hospital providing adult
rehabilitation, complex continuing care and long-term care services, our
patient care, research and education focus on helping the 3.6 million
Canadians who experience and live with disabling illness and injury. Toronto
Rehab is a fully affiliated research and teaching hospital of the University
of Toronto. More information is available at:

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For further information: or to book an interview with a keynote speaker,
please contact: Jamie Read, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, (416) 597-3422,
ext. 3866,; Ruth Kapelus, March of Dimes Canada,
(416) 425-3463, ext. 7254,; Carolyn Lovas, Toronto
Rehabilitation Institute, (416) 597-3422, ext. 3837,

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