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 and their caregivers living with complex health needs in Ontario. Funded by the Ministry of Health, the 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.

The 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 the 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

Leadership setting the direction for the PGLO is provided by an experienced Steering Committee, including representatives with experience as caregivers, older citizens, clinicians and administrators.

Older Adult/Caregiver Representatives:

  • Ms. Mona Lancaster
  • Ms. Anne-Marie Yaraskavitch

Clinician Representative for Geriatric Medicine

  • Dr. Frank Molnar
  • Dr. Jo-Anne Clarke

Clinician Representative for Geriatric Psychiatry

  • Dr. Andrea Iaboni
  • Dr. Tarek Rajji

Clinician Representative for Care of the Elderly

  • Dr. Sid Feldman (Vice-Chair)
  • Dr. Chris Frank

Administrator Representative for Geriatric Medicine

  • Mr. Kelly Milne (Chair)

Administrator Representative for Geriatric Mental Health

  • Ms. Julia Baxter

Administrator Representative for Care of the Elderly

  • Ms. Valerie Scarfone

Permanent Members (Host Organization Representatives)

  • Dr. Barbara Liu
  • Ms. Marlene Awad

PGLO Team

  • Kelly Kay, Executive Director, kkay@rgpo.ca
  • Dr. Sophiya Benjamin, 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

Students

The PGLO also hosts a variety of students for preceptorship experiences. Our past students have included:

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.

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
  • 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

What is Frailty?

Sometimes, older adults living with complex health concerns may be considered to be experiencing frailty. The term ‘frailty’ is used to describe a constellation of problems that make the lives of older adults more difficult and increase the likelihood that they will be unable to recover from mild to moderate health problems. For example, for a person living with complex health conditions, an infection may cause more harm, and even death compared to an individual of the same age who is healthy. People who live with frailty are more likely to become disabled, be admitted to the hospital, and have ongoing health problems. It is important to note however, that frailty exists on a spectrum. While frailty is often chronic and progressive, it is also dynamic and some people may be able to reduce their level of frailty with the right care. We believe the right care includes clinical experts specifically trained in the care of older adults.

For more information about frailty, visit the Canadian Frailty Network