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  • 11 Aug 2014 4:34 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The Research Committee is a new undertaking of the CAGP with the aims:

    1.      To foster the development of high quality, multidisciplinary research in geriatric mental health in Canada.
    2.      To support the research activities and research relationships of CAGP members.
    3.      To raise awareness of recent advances in geriatric psychiatry research through knowledge synthesis and dissemination.

    One of our first initiatives is to build a network of CAGP members engaged in research, using the social networking platform ResearchGate (  We call on any CAGP members with an interest in joining this network or the committee to email

    We will hold our first open meeting at the 2014 ASM.  All interested CAGP members are invited.

    Members of the Research Committee are:

    Andrea Iaboni

    Mark Rapoport

    Daniel Blumberger

    Aristotle Voineskos

    Soham Rej

    Maggie Gibson

    Ken Madden

    Join us now!

  • 08 Aug 2014 6:50 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    ​​​​Thursday October 9 and Friday October 10, 2014.

    Registration starts at 8:30 am and the course begins at 9:00 am. Finishing each day at 5:00 pm.

    1001 Queen Street, Training Room A and B, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1H4​


  • 05 Aug 2014 4:28 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Click here to find out more about the Canadian Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine 2014 Annual Meeting on September 10, 2014 at the Hart House, Toronto.  EARLY REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO AUGUST 31, 2014.

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  • 09 Jul 2014 10:34 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    Canadian Geriatrics Journal has just published its latest issue here. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest.

    Thanks for the continuing interest in our work. Ken Madden Phone 604-875-4931, Fax 604-875-5696

    Canadian Geriatrics Journal

    Vol 17, No 2 (2014)

    Table of Contents




    Special Issue on Fitness to Drive (37)

            Kenneth M. Madden

    Original Research


    Geriatric Rehabilitation Patients’ Perceptions of Unit Dining Locations


            Françoise Baptiste, Mary Egan, Claire-Jehanne Dubouloz-Wilner


    Increased Health Service Utilization Costs in the Year Prior to

    Institutionalization: Findings from the Canadian Study of Health and Aging


            John A. Naslund, Agnes H. Sauter, Gloria Gutman, B. Lynn Beattie


    Geriatric Core Competencies for Family Medicine Curriculum and Enhanced

    Skills: Care of Elderly (53-62)

            Lesley Charles, Jean A.C. Triscott, Bonnie M. Dobbs, Rhianne McKay


    Comparison of the SIMARD MD to Clinical Impression in Assessing Fitness to Drive in Patients with Cognitive Impairment (63-69)

            Madelaine L. Wernham, Pamela G. Jarrett, Connie Stewart, Elizabeth MacDonald, Donna MacNeil, Cynthia Hobbs


    Not If, But When: Impact of a Driving and Dementia Awareness and Education Campaign for Primary Care Physicians (70-75)

            Paige Moorhouse, Laura M. Hamilton


    Clinical Practice Guidelines/Consensus Statements


    Consensus Statements on the Assessment of Older Drivers (76-81)

            David B. Hogan, Charles T. Scialfa, Jeff K. Caird


    The Canadian Geriatrics Journal is a peer-reviewed research journal. CAGP members are invited to submit articles to the journal by emailing editor Ken Madden at

  • 09 Jul 2014 10:27 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) – What’s New?

    IPA recently adopted a new strategic plan. IPA will be enhancing and expanding many of its current programs and services as well as introducing some new ones. Now more than ever, it is important for all of us to collaborate to improve the mental health of the elderly in Canada and around the world. IPA appreciates CAGP for our longstanding relationship as affiliates of one another. We hope that all of you will join IPA and participate - here are some highlights of what IPA is planning: 

    IPA is about providing a forum for education, networking and collaboration. Based on feedback from members and other professionals, IPA will offer even more opportunities for sharing knowledge in the future:

    • IPA Congresses – Starting in 2015, the IPA International Congress will be held each year (previously, it has been conducted every two years)

    • IPA Regional Meetings – Starting this year, IPA will resume offering meetings in different areas of the world. We will conduct two regional meetings each year

    • IPA Member Forums – Based on shared interests, regions of the world and professional disciplines, IPA provides the opportunity for interacting with colleagues – whether at an IPA meeting or anytime via the IPA website online communities

    • IPA Learning Portal – For those who want a shorter educational program or can’t travel to a meeting or congress, simply log on to the IPA website for 60-90 minutes online education programs
    • Research Forum – This program is new from IPA and will be introduced in 2015 in conjunction with the IPA Congress. As its name implies, it is a great opportunity to share research projects and funding ideas

    There are more programs and services – read more about IPA’s future plans by visiting our new website:

    Save These Dates and Plan to Participate!
    Check the IPA website for updates:

    • 2014 IPA Webinar: Quality of Life in Dementia
      • 10 September (broadcast and then archived)
      • Sube Banerjee (United Kingdom)
      • Barry Gurland (United States)
    • 2014 IPA Webinar: Positive Psychiatry of Aging
      • 8 October (broadcast and then archived)
      • Dilip Jeste (United States)
      • Helen Lavretsky (United States)
    • 2014 IPA International Meeting – Beijing, China
      • 23-26 October 2014
      • Staying Engaged – Practicing Learning throughout the Lifespan”
      • Early registration deadline: 1 September
    • 2014 IPA Webinar: Spotlight on Agitation – Update from the IPA Agitation Consensus Panel
      • 10 November (broadcast and then archived)
      • Henry Brodaty (Australia)
      • Jeff Cummings (United States)
      • Jacobo Mintzer (United States)
      • Mary Sano (United States)

    • 2014 IPA Regional Meeting – Brussels, Belgium
    • 2015 IPA International Congress – Berlin, Germany

    • 2015 Biennial Research Forum – NEW
      • 13-16 October 2015
    • 2014 IPA Regional Meeting – Brussels, Belgium
    • 2015 IPA International Congress – Berlin, Germany

    • 2015 Biennial Research Forum – NEW


  • 09 Jul 2014 10:17 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    • The CAGP is pleased to offer complimentary memberships to medical students, residents and geriatric psychiatry subspecialty residents in the membership category Member-in-Training (MIT)

    • The CAGP will be exploring partnerships with the Canadian
      Geriatrics Society to support the National Geriatric Interest Group

    • Reduced registration rates to attend the Annual scientific meeting will be held jointly with the Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health (CCSMH) in Toronto, Ontario, from September 9-10, 2014, and will be themed Innovations in Seniors’ Mental Health Care: Insights from the Frontiers of Research and Service Delivery


    • Four (4) $500 travel bursaries for trainees, including medical students and residents, to attend the joint CAGP and CCSMH conference September 9-10, 2014, in Toronto, Ontario

    • Two (2) $500 bursaries for senior residents and geriatric psychiatry subspecialty residents to attend the National Review course from September 7-8 in Toronto, Ontario

    • Bursaries will be awarded in a lottery fashion to attendees who have registered by August 15, 2014

    • Opportunities will be posted on the Facebook page

    Events and Networking Opportunities

    • CAGP Trainee Breakfast on Tuesday, September 9 at 7:30 am, which will include updates on the sub- specialization of geriatric psychiatry and training opportunities as well as an opportunity to meet Geriatric Psychiatry Program Directors from across Canada

    • CAGP Trainee social event will be held on the evening of
      Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at Donatello’s restaurant on Elm Street from 6:00-10:30 pm. It will provide an opportunity to meet and network with other trainees interested in geriatric psychiatry

    • An oral workshop will be presented to explore the results of the CAGP survey titled “Assessment of Residents’ Needs and Attitudes Towards Geriatric Psychiatry” followed by a panel discussion, including representation from the Canadian Geriatrics Society to brainstorm ideas of why trainees choose geriatric psychiatry and how to attract more trainees into the field of geriatrics to be held on September 9, 2014, from 3:45-5:15 pm

    Click here to view the latest NGIG Publication including an interview with
    our very own Dr. Marla Davidson.

    Follow the CAGP on Facebook as it will be used as a platform to communicate upcoming events and opportunities for MIT

  • 09 Jul 2014 10:15 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    We are looking forward to an exciting and informative two days for the CAGP Annual Scientific meeting jointly held with the CCSMH. Our keynote and plenary speakers cover a wide range of topics related to geriatric mental health. Dr. David Goldbloom, Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada will be speaking on Seniors’ Mental Health: A Perspective from the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Dr. Eric Lenze, Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis, and leading expert in Late-Life Anxiety Disorders will give a very practical and instructive talk on Managing Anxiety in Older Adults: 8 Simple Rules. Dr. Mark Rapoport, President, Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry will give a stimulating and insightful talk entitled Lear’s Shadow: Contemporary Lessons on Differential Diagnosis in Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Joel Sadavoy, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Inaugural CAGP President, will be speaking on a very innovative approach to helping caregivers of patients with dementia entitled Training Caregivers of Patients with Dementia. We also have a wide range of symposia, workshops and paper presentations, which cover the spectrum of topics from innovative experimental medicine approaches to understanding late life mental disorders to creative psychotherapeutic for grief and late-life depression.

    Save the date for our upcoming conference on September 30, 2015, hosted in Vancouver, B.C.

    For more information and registration click here.

    Daniel M. Blumberger, MD, MSc, FRCPC


  • 09 Jul 2014 10:13 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    Ninety people have already registered for the 3rd National Review Course in Geriatric Psychiatry. We are especially pleased that this course was awarded the 2014 CPA-COPCE award for “Most Outstanding Continuing Education Activity in Psychiatry in Canada.” Over the two days just before the CCSMH-CAGP Annual Scientific Meeting, 16 speakers will be covering major topics in geriatric psychiatry chosen based on a needs assessment of last year’s attendees and a survey of the full CAGP membership. So far, every year for the course has had some “favourite” repeats as well as new presentations: Day 1 will focus on diagnosis and treatment of delirium, dementia and depression, as well as assessment of capacity; Our international guest speaker will be Dr. Charles F. Reynolds III from the University of Pittsburgh discussing the topic of Sleep Disorders in the Elderly. Day two will feature morning sessions on antidepressants and antipsychotics, each with presentations geared to three different groups: psychiatrists/geriatricians, family physicians and allied-health professionals. The afternoon will include sessions on psychotherapy, changes with aging and sexuality.

    For more information and registration click here.

    Andrew Wiens, MD, FRCPC


  • 09 Jul 2014 10:09 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McMaster University, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and St. Joseph’s Health Care Hamilton have nine full-time geriatric psychiatrists and three part-time geriatric psychiatrists on staff to serve approximately 230,000 seniors needing care for mental illness living in their own homes or within the more than 50 LTCHs across LHIN 4 and 6. We moved into our new home base, the brand new state of the art West 5th campus of St. Joseph’s Health Care in February 2014. The new facilities include integrated ambulatory, outreach and inpatient services, and a dedicated research and education pod with access to conference facilities. The clinical area consists of a beautiful clinic space with facilities for group and exercise activities, and two new inpatient units (36 beds). This exciting initiative incorporates many architectural features aimed at improving the quality of life for seniors and their caregivers. The clinical services in Hamilton are well integrated with our outreach teams in the Niagara, Brant and Halton regions. New initiatives include a plan to expand the ECT service to include a dedicated seniors service, an expansion of our treatment options to include memory intervention programs for both normal aging and for cognitively impaired seniors across our regional programs, and to establish a training program for clinical staff on cognitive rehabilitation techniques in order to enhance skills of clinicians and increase the sustainability of such programs. Our regional programs serve as leaders promoting and enabling the provincial BSO initiatives across the care continuum.

    The academic division has been active in educational initiatives. The documents to accredit a RCPS subspecialty training program in geriatric psychiatry have been submitted to the college and we hope to have our first trainee in the next academic year. We continue to provide core rotations for the eight psychiatry residents per year, geriatric medicine fellows and a large number of core and elective clinical clerks. We have implemented an annual Continuing Education Day in Geriatric Mental Health in our new conference centre. The research activities within the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry have focused on providing self-management supports for individuals with dementia, examining the process of culture change within long-term care homes and community settings, enhancing palliative care in long-term care homes, and enhancing mental health services for home care clients. Dr. Carrie McAiney is currently a co-principal investigator on a $1M Community University Research Alliance study funded through SSHRC as well as a CIHR-funded study, and serves as a co-investigator on a number of other studies funded by CIHR, the MOHLTC and SSHRC. Members of the Division as well as the broader clinical service are involved in supervising undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of research and quality improvement projects.

    Karen Saperson, MBChB, FRCPC
    Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Education
    Academic Head Division of Geriatric Psychiatry

    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences

    Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
    Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University


  • 09 Jul 2014 10:06 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Division members continue to be actively involved in a number of exciting clinical initiatives. Dr. Carole Cohen and Dr. Joel Sadavoy remain active in the Behavioural Support for Seniors Program in the Toronto Central LHIN (TCLHIN). Dr. Cohen continues to lead the long-term care (LTC) sector and the community sector of this strategy. Dr. Sadavoy continues to chair the Toronto Central LHIN Education Consortium. Dr. Cohen assisted with the preparation of the Psychogeriatric Review for the TCLHIN and has been active in the North East Health Link as a member of the Advisory Council. Dr. Cohen also chairs the Better Care Committee, which oversees the development of a tracking system to identify patients who are high users of ED or inpatient services at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Cohen and Dr. Sadavoy are members of the North West Toronto Health Links Steering Group and Dr. Sadavoy remains involved with the Reitman Centre, which has seen significant expansion over the past year. The centre focuses on training caregivers of patients with dementia and has now expanded into two community settings (St. Christopher’s House for the Portuguese community and SPRINT) in addition to providing formal training for all care coordinators in the Toronto Central CCAC. In recognition of its accomplishments the Reitman Centre Training Program for Health Care Professionals was awarded the prestigious University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Ivan Silver Award for Innovation in Continuing Professional Development. The centre also remains actively involved in both research and policy development.

    Division members are active in all aspects of the undergraduate curriculum. In postgraduate education, the Division trained residents in mandatory training positions, geriatric psychiatry subspecialty residents and fellows. For each six-month block of the PGY3 core geriatric psychiatry core rotation, there was a monthly centralized seminar series led by various faculty members in the Division. Geriatric psychiatry was successfully accredited as a subspecialty at the University of Toronto and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in February 2012. An internal review was conducted in April 2014 and the program was successful. The first resident graduated this academic year and three more residents will graduate in December 2014. The program has accepted three residents for the 2014-15 academic year with two residents from Toronto and one from Quebec. Members of the Division that participated in the Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Program Committee were Corinne Fischer, Ilan Fischler, Peter Giaccobe, Robert Madan (Chair/Program Director), Tarek Rajji, Mark Rapoport, Leslie Wiesenfeld and Vincent Woo. The Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty residents were represented on this committee as well. Darcy O’Brien received this year’s Division of Geriatric Psychiatry Resident Award.Substantial progress continues to be made in many areas of research in part due to the success of the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA) established by the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. The TDRA is an academic coalition of the five memory/dementia clinics affiliated with the University of Toronto (Baycrest, CAMH, St. Michael’s Hospital, Sunnybrook Hospital and University Health Network) and the Faculty of Medicine of the University. The TDRA has fostered increased collaboration, which has resulted in another year with considerable increase in external funding to Division investigators. The thematic highlights of Division collaborative projects include cognitive impairment in late life bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia; depression and coronary artery disease, genetic and therapeutic studies in traumatic brain damage; imaging of brain inflammation as well as dopamine, serotonin and muscarinic receptors in a variety of late-life conditions and amyloid deposition in Alzheimer’s disease and fronto-temporal dementia; pharmacotherapy of dementia and related psychiatric symptoms; psychotic depression; the relation between affective disorders and balance and mobility; and neuroplasticity studies across the lifespan using brain stimulation techniques.

    One major accomplishment for our Division this past year is a $10M award by Brain Canada to conduct a randomized controlled trial to prevent Alzheimer’s dementia in older patients with depression or mild cognitive impairment. This five-year project will be led by CAMH and includes all other four TDRA sites.

    Bruce G Pollock, MD, PhD, FRCPC
    Professor, Psychiatry & Pharmacology
    Director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry
    University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine

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