Annual Scientific Meeting was held in Quebec City from September 30 to October
1. This year’s theme was Paradigm Shifts for Research and Clinical Care.
opened on Friday afternoon with remarks from the Canadian Medical Association
(CMA) President, Dr. Cindy
Forbes. Under Dr. Forbes’ guidance, the CMA has led a national seniors’ strategy
and “Demand a Plan”, the largest and most successful public
engagement campaign in the history of the CMA, focused on health care planning
for an aging population. Dr. Yves
Joanette, the Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Aging and a
professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal, gave the
opening plenary address on Aging as a Paradigm Shift.
The second day
of the meeting began with the keynote address from Dr. Dilip V. Jeste. Dr. Jeste is the Estelle and Edgar Levi
Chair in Aging, Director of the Sam and Rose Stein
Institute for Research on Aging and Distinguished Professor of
Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego. He
gave an inspiring overview of successful aging and how to incorporate elements
of successful aging into treatment of older adults with mental illness.
The theme of
Positive Psychiatry of Aging was further extended with the final plenary of the
conference, presented by Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy. Dr. Cassidy provided a
comprehensive overview of the national “Fountain of Health” initiative,
a seniors’ mental health promotion effort to bring the current science of neuroplasticity,
resilience and optimal aging to health care providers and to the Canadian
We celebrated the
25th anniversary of the CAGP at a gala dinner in the historic
Chateau Frontenac Hotel. Past presidents and founding members, including Dr. Marie
France Rivard, reflected on their experiences and the history of the CAGP.
The quality of
poster, workshop and symposia presentations covered the breadth of innovations
in research, geriatric psychiatry residency training and novel clinical care
Daniel M. Blumberger, MD, MSc, FRCPC