About Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario

Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario (PGLO) coordinates the provincial infrastructure for clinical geriatrics care, and, in collaboration with health professionals providing direct care, provides trusted leadership to advance integrated, person-centred care for older adults living with complex health needs in Ontario and their caregivers. Funded by the Ministry of Health, PGLO focuses on coordinating perspectives across clinical geriatric services (Care of the Elderly, Geriatric Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry and Interprofessional Geriatric Teams) in order to improve the care for older adults across the continuum of care. These clinical geriatric services are also called Specialized Geriatric Services (SGS).

Specialized Geriatric Services:

  • Prevent avoidable Emergency Department use, hospitalization, and alternate level of care and premature institutionalization
  • Prevent avoidable decline in older adults living with complex and chronic medical and psychosocial problems (sometimes referred to as frailty)
  • Optimize functional ability, independence, and quality of life for seniors and their caregivers
  • Improve clinical efficiencies in acute care and other settings
  • Improve patient outcomes
  • Enhance capacity of health care providers to assess and treat older adults living with complex and chronic, and frequently high risk, health conditions.
  • Act as an enabler for care coordination

PGLO pursues the following strategic directions:

  • Drive clinical excellence
  • Build capacity across the system
  • Advance seniors health policy

To view the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan click here

The work of PGLO builds and expands on prior work initiated by the former Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario, and many new initiatives, including (among other activities): planning and capacity building, clinical model development, performance measurement and evaluation supports, knowledge creation and evidence dissemination, and policy development.

PGLO Steering Committee

The overall direction for PGLO has been established by the MOH. Ongoing direction and oversight is provided by a Steering Committee, which includes representatives with lived experience as caregivers and/or older adults, as well as clinicians and health administrators.

Older Adult/Caregiver representatives

Ms. Mona Lancaster

Ms. Anne-Marie Yarakavitch

Clinician Representative for Care of the Elderly

Dr. Sid Feldman (Vice-Chair)

Dr. Chris Frank

Clinician Representative for Geriatric Medicine

Dr. Jo-Anne Clarke

Vacant

Clinician Representative for Geriatric Psychiatry

Dr. Tarek Rajii

Dr. Shabbir Amanullah

Administrator for Care of the Elderly

Ms. Valerie Scarfone

Administrator for Geriatric Medicine

Mr. Kelly Milne (Chair)

Administrator for Geriatric Psychiatry/Seniors Mental Health

Ms. Julia Baxter

Permanent Members (Host Organization Representatives)

Dr. Barbara Liu

Ms. Marlene Awad

PGLO Team

The central office is led by:

  • Kelly Kay, Executive Director, kkay@rgpo.ca
  • Dr. Mark Lachmann, Co-Medical Director – Geriatric Psychiatry, info@rgpo.ca
  • Dr. Kevin Young, Co-Medical Director – Geriatric Medicine, info@rgpo.ca
  • Adam Morrison, Director, Policy & Planning, amorrison@rgpo.ca

Learners

PGLO also hosts a variety of learners for experiential learning opportunities. Our past students have included:

Spring 2021

Dr. Shara Nauth, Geriatric Medicine Resident

Nasrudin Mahamud, Western University, Master of Nursing Student 

Inderpreet Sidhu, Western University, Master of Nursing Student

Winter 2021

Morgan Randall, Western University, Candidate for a Bachelor of Science for Honours Specialization in Health Sciences.

Fall 2020

Adrienne Harper, Western University, Candidate for a Bachelor of Science for Honours Specialization in Health Sciences.

Anjali Sarkar, Western University, Candidate for a Bachelor of Science for Honours Specialization in Health Sciences.