Ironically, as Canada’s population rapidly ages, new research from Revera – Canada’s leading owner, operator and investor in the senior living sector—reveals that ageism continues to be a tolerated and pervasive form of social prejudice in Canada today. While Canadians unanimously agree that independence and choice are essential at any age, troubling gaps exist between how young adults and seniors view the issue, and many older Canadians report that they regularly experience ageist behavior in their daily lives. As society grapples with the rising costs of caring for our aging population it must also confront the importance of how this care is perceived by older Canadians, and the impact this has on their physical and mental health. However, while many issues related to seniors care will require significant government policy as well as public and private investment, Thomas Wellner, President and CEO of Revera, argues that the solution to ageism is within reach. Wellner will speak to new research that sheds light on this major societal issue, and share his company’s recommendations on the way forward.
Mr. Wellner has extensive global experience in biotech, pharmaceuticals and health care services. Since joining Revera in early 2014, he has led the organization through transformational change, developing the company’s strategic direction to grow, innovate and lead in the sector. He has worked with a number of strategic partners in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. to grow Revera’s reach from approximately 250 to more than 500 properties internationally.
Revera serves more than 50,000 seniors through its portfolio and offers seniors’ apartments, independent living, assisted living, memory care and long term care. With approximately 45,000 employees dedicated to providing quality care and service, Revera’s vision is to celebrate the ageless spirit of people through service and innovation. Revera is committed to challenging ageism through Age is More, the company’s social cause of choice.