Transforming Long-Term Care of Older Adults:
Towards a Radically New Vision

February 28 to March 2, 2019 – Florence, Italy

Day 1 – February 28, 2019

6:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception and Opening at Salone Cinque Cento

  • Dario Nardella, Mayor of the City of Florence
  • Stefania Saccardi, assesore Health and Social Welfare, Toscana County
  • Niccolò Marchionni, Gerontology Chair, University of Florence
  • Luigi Paccosi, Montedomini
  • William Reichman , Baycrest & Chair of LTC Alliance Conference
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Buffet Dinner

Maestro Alberto Veronesi and Puccini Festival Special Guest

Day 2 – March 1, 2019

8:00 am to 9:00 am Coffee break
9:00 am to 9:15 am Day 2 Conference Welcome and Introductions 

  • William Reichman, Baycrest
  • Sara Funaro  – assesore Municipality of Florence
9:15 am to 9:45 am Opening Session:  How to die young at a very old age

  • Nir Barzilai, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
9:45 am to 11:15 am Panel:  Today’s long-term care:  what’s the problem?

  • Anne Margriet Pot, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Former WHO

Expert Speakers:

  • Dov Chernichovsky, Ben Gurion University of the Negev and Taub Center, Israel; Former World Bank
  • Ytzhak Brick,  International Federation on Ageing, Chairman Israeli Gerontological Society 
  • Liliane MOREIRA , OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Panel Discussion  

11:15 am to 11:45 pm Break
11:45 pm to 1:15 pm Panel:  Seeing into the future of long-term care: what will tomorrow’s older adults need and demand?

  • Moderator:    Anna van Pouke, KPMG

Expert Speakers:             

  • Ana Radulescu , VP – IFSW Europe
  • Tine Rostgaard, ViVa – The Danish Center for Social Science Research
  • Masi Mohammadi, Eindhoven University of Technology

Panel Discussion                   

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm Lunch
2:15 pm to 2:45 pm Keynote:  Welfare technology, crucial when shaping future long-term care

  • Espen  H. Aspnes, SINTEF, Norway  
2:45 pm to 4:15 pm Panel:  How will technology disrupt the delivery of long-term care?


  • Ron Riesenbach, Baycrest

Expert Speakers:

  • Ron Nabarro, Design4all International,
  • Helianthe Kort, Eindoven University of Technology
  • Roy Schoenberg, American Well
  • Rosalie Wang, University of Toronto

Panel Discussion

 4:15 pm to 4:30 pm Break
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm Keynote:  Closeness in ageing: A story about needs and desires

  • Joris Slaets, Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing  

Day 3 – March 2, 2019

8:00 am to 9:00 am Coffee break
9:00 am to 9:15 am Day 3 Conference Welcome

  • William Reichman, Baycrest
  • Maria Grazia Giuffrida, Innocenti
9:15 am to 10:00 am Keynote:  A caring aging society – who is responsible and who will take action?

  • John Beard, Former WHO 
10:00 am to 10:45 pm Panel:  Coping with the inevitable


  • Adam Cohen, Leiden University

Expert Speakers:

  • Amanda Cheesley, Royal College of Nursing
  • Michael Davidson, Tel Aviv University
  • Noeleen Berkhout-Byrne, Leyden University
  • Franco Moretti, Fondazione Puccini

Panel Discussion

10:45 am to 11:00 pm Break
11:00 am to 12:30pm Panel:  The future of long-term care:  is transformational innovation really achievable?


  • Kai Leichsenring, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy & Research

Expert Speakers:

  • Henk Nies, Vrije University
  • Tony Gross, Paradigma Systems
  • Gianluca Misuraca, European Commission’s Joint Research Centre

Panel Discussion

12:30 pm to 1:45 pm Lunch
1:45 pm to 2:30 pm Keynote : “The future of Healthcare: What if we all lived till 150 years old? Opportunities and challenges”

  • Ludovic Subran  Allianz and Euler Hermes
2:30 pm to 3:45 pm Panel:   Long-Term Care: defining a radically new vision (a review and critique of the conference’s principal insights)


  • Rudi Westendorp, University of Copenhagen

Expert speakers:

  • Mike Mansfield, Aegon N.V.
  • Shirlee Sharkey, Saint Elizabeth Health Care
  • Mary Sano, International Psychogeriatric Association, Mount Sinai – NY

Panel Discussion

3:45 pm to 4:00pm Break
4:00 pm to 4:45pm Conference Declaration and Call to Action

  • Ilan Gonen, Clinirx Tangent Research
  • Ayala Rahav,
  • William Reichman, Baycrest