Fixing Long-Term Care: A Conversation with Award-Winning Author and Journalist André Picard

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This podcast episode is the second installment of our special series featuring conversations from the 2021 CABHI Summit and Rotman Research Institute Conference.


In his recent book, Neglected No More: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada’s Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic, André Picard reveals the full extent of the crisis in eldercare and offers an urgently needed prescription to fix a broken system. For Picard, improving long-term care will require us to change the way we think about aging. As he points out in this keynote, first aired at the CABHI Summit 2021, we must shift towards a person-centred elder care model where aging is celebrated, and older adults are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Throughout his keynote, Picard also explores the following themes:

  • Keeping older adults in the community for as long as possible and providing a meaningful, enjoyable elder care experience whenever long-term care is needed
  • The importance of evaluating long-term care homes using qualitative factors like happiness
  • Developing innovative elder care solutions that are inclusive and affordable

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About André Picard

André Picard is one of Canada’s top health and public policy observers and commentators. He has been a part of The Globe and Mail team since 1987, where he is a health reporter and columnist. He is also the author of five bestselling books. Picard is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism prize, and past winner of the prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism.

He was named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” by the Canadian Public Health Association, as a “Champion of Mental Health” by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, for his dedication to improving healthcare.

A graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, André has received honorary doctorates from six universities, including the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. He is a seasoned communicator who employs a conversational style to reach his audience. Additionally, he enlivens his research and commentary with personal stories to provide context for his audience. Fluently bilingual, André will enlighten and pique a sense of curiosity among audience members from all educational backgrounds. Behind the placid exterior lies an inquisitive, perceptive, and industrious scribe for whom the work only begins with the official story.

The University of British Columbia recently announced André Picard as one of the Asper Visiting Professors at the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media. In 2020, Picard was awarded The Owen Adams Award of Honour – the highest Canadian Medical Association award available to a non-physician.