Laura Tamblyn Watts

President and CEO of CanAge, Acting Policy Director of the National Initiative for Care of the Elderly

Law and aging, elder law, seniors, caregiving, long-term care, intergenerational issues, social isolation, mental wellness, powers of attorney and decision-making


Seniors' advocate calls for action in long-term care homes

Laura Tamblyn Watts, the CEO of CanAge, a national seniors’ advocacy organization, joins CPAC's Peter Van Dusen to discuss the surge in cases in long-term care facilities, and what the government can do to help seniors.

'perfect storm' of cuts to public health and seniors' care colliding with the pandemic

issues affecting older Canadians during the coronavirus pandemic

Seniors' advocate outlines three key measures to improve residential seniors' care


Laura Tamblyn Watts is lawyer who focuses on elder law issues, having been called to the BC Bar in 1999. She is a Senior Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Elder Law and, before recently moving to Toronto, its long-time National Director. She is the past chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Elder Law section, a founding member of the NICE network where she currently facilitates the law and aging theme team, an editor of a number of peer reviewed journals, including the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect and a co-facilitator of the World Study Group on Elder Law. Tamblyn Watts is a law reformer, author, educator, expert witness, and media consultant on issues related to elder law. She was named the 2012 Distinguished Fellow in Elder Law at Stetson University Centre of Excellence in Elder Law. She is currently pursuing her doctorate and teaching at the University of Toronto on law and aging issues. Tamblyn Watts is also currently a course instructor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.


  • law and aging
  • elder law
  • seniors
  • caregiving
  • long-term care
  • intergenerational issues
  • social isolation
  • mental wellness
  • powers of attorney and decision-making

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