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  • 07 Sep 2018 11:04 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Charter written by and for people living with dementia

    TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2018 /CNW/ - Today, the Alzheimer Society of Canada is pleased to officially launch the first-ever Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia.

    The landmark Charter is the culmination of over a year's work by the Society's Advisory Group of people with dementia, whose members represent different walks of life from across the country. With the number of Canadians with dementia expected to hit nearly one million in less than 15 years, the Advisory Group set out to define a set of seven explicit rights to give a greater voice and authority to those with dementia. The Charter will help people with dementia as well as their families challenge situations where they experience stigma, are treated unfairly, discriminated against, or are denied access to appropriate care.

    The Charter empowers Canadians with dementia to self-advocate while also ensuring that the people and organizations that support them know and protect their rights. These include the right:

    • to be free from discrimination of any kind.
    • to benefit from all of Canada's civic and legal rights.
    • to participate in developing and implementing policies that affect their life.
    • to access support and opportunities to live as independent and engaged citizens in their community.
    • to be informed and supported so they can fully participate in decisions affecting their care and life, from the point of diagnosis to palliative and end-of-life care.
    • to expect that professionals involved in all aspects of their care are trained in dementia and human rights and are accountable to uphold these rights.
    • to access effective complaint and appeal procedures when their rights are not protected or respected.

    "People with dementia, no matter the stage of their disease, have the same rights as every other citizen," says Pauline Tardif, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. "Yet, we know all too well that Canadians with dementia continue to face cultural, social and economic barriers to claiming these rights, leaving many facing discrimination, isolation and treatment that contravenes their basic rights as human beings. We're asking all Canadians to champion this new Charter."

    The Charter will not only help combat the ongoing stigma associated with dementia, but also help inform a rights-based approach to the development of services and supports for Canadians with dementia. In particular, it will serve to guide the federal government as it follows through on its commitment to develop and implement a national dementia strategy for Canada.

    British Columbia resident Mario Gregorio, one of the Advisory Group members who contributed to the Charter, says, "As a person living with dementia, it gives me confidence to know that I'm not alone and reassurance that my country, my health and social services and my family, friends and community are there to lend a hand. We, as a nation, need to play a leadership role to ensure that people with dementia are not marginalized."

    Throughout the month of September, the Society will feature stories written by some of the Advisory Group members on what the Charter means to them, and invite others impacted by dementia to comment. To read the stories, learn more about the Charter and download a free copy, in English or French, visit

    Notes to editors:
    The Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia is guided by a human rights-based approach known as "PANEL," endorsed by the United Nations. This approach emphasizes: the rights of everyone to participate in all decision-making directing their quality of life and care; accountability, holding individuals, communities and organizations responsible for recognizing, protecting and fulfilling their rights; non-discrimination, to self-advocate and challenge stigma; empowerment, to know their rights and how to claim these; and legality, to have assurance their rights are understood and followed according to law.

    SOURCE Alzheimer Society of Canada

    For further information: Media contact: Rosanne Meandro, Director of Communications, Direct: 416-847-8920, Mobile: 416-669-5715,


  • 01 Aug 2018 4:25 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    47th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting

    Canadian Association on Gerontology 

    October 18-20, 2018
    Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    CAG2018 will be of interest to researchers, practitioners, decision- and policy-makers, students, older adults, community groups and all others with an interest in individual and population aging.  It is an interdisciplinary event featuring stimulating sessions across a diverse range of topics in gerontology and geriatrics.

  • 15 Jun 2018 9:12 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    British Geriatrics Society Spring 2019 Meeting
    Date: 9-12 April 2019
    Location: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
  • 14 Jun 2018 1:28 PM | CAGP (Administrator)
    British Geriatrics Society Autumn Meeting
    Date: 14-16 November 2018
    Location: ExCel, London

    The BGS Autumn meeting will cover the latest scientific research and the best clinical practice in care of older people. Our ageing population is stimulating extensive NHS service redesign to deal with the challenge of caring for larger numbers of older people both in and out of hospitals. This conference will cover core areas of interest to all specialists responsible for the health care of older people in the United Kingdom.

  • 17 Jan 2018 1:54 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Mieux-être mental et vivre avec la démence — Mois de sensibilisation à la maladie d'Alzheimer — janvier 2018


    De la Commission de la santé mentale du Canada et la Coalition canadienne pour la santé mentale des personnes âgées

    17 janvier 2018 – Ottawa (Ontario)

    Janvier constitue le mois de sensibilisation à la maladie d’Alzheimer. Voilà donc une occasion de réfléchir à notre compréhension grandissante de la maladie d’Alzheimer et des autres formes de démence, et d’apprendre des personnes atteintes de cette maladie.

    La démence est encore entachée par la stigmatisation, une situation qui n’est pas si différente de celle vécue par les personnes aux prises avec des maladies mentales ou des problèmes de santé mentale. Armées de soutien et des soins adéquats, les personnes aux prises avec la démence peuvent jouir d’une vie saine et pleine.

    Le gouvernement du Canada travaille à l’élaboration d’une stratégie en matière de démence pour le Canada afin d’aider la population canadienne à composer avec les incidences et les coûts de la démence et de la maladie d’Alzheimer. Grâce à la recherche approfondie et à une approche coordonnée en matière de soins, la stratégie redonnera espoir aux plus de 500 000 personnes aux prises avec la démence au Canada.

    La démence ne constitue pas une conséquence naturelle du vieillissement, et les Lignes directrices relatives à la planification et la prestation de services complets en santé mentale pour les aînés canadiens proposent d’importantes recommandations en matière de promotion de la santé mentale, de prévention des maladies mentales et d’intervention précoce. Ces lignes directrices proposent également une vision marquée par les services de santé mentale intégrés pour les aînés, et ce, peu importe leur diagnostic.

    Il existe une autre ressource d’envergure, en l’occurrence, les Lignes directrices nationales pour un système de services complet afin de soutenir les proches aidants d’adultes aux prises avec des problèmes de santé mentale et des maladies mentales. Elles servent de feuille de route pour l’établissement d’un système de santé capable de mieux soutenir les proches aidants. Les études démontrent que les proches aidants peuvent éprouver un important sentiment de croissance personnelle et de satisfaction en assurant les soins d’un proche, mais les demandes quotidiennes et la prestation de soins à long terme peuvent avoir une incidence négative sur leur santé physique et émotionnelle.

    Nous vous invitons à en apprendre davantage au sujet de la maladie d’Alzheimer et d’écouter les puissants témoignages de personnes aux prises avec la démence dans le cadre d’une nouvelle Campagne de la Société Alzheimer du Canada sur les réseaux sociaux pour réduire la stigmatisation liée à la démence. Nous pouvons tous acquérir d’importantes connaissances à travers leurs perspectives et les expériences.

    Louise Bradley

    Présidente et directrice générale de la Commission de la santé mentale du Canada

    David Conn

    Coprésident, Coalition canadienne pour la santé mentale des personnes âgées


    Relations médiatiques

    Commission de la santé mentale du Canada


    Page Facebook de la Commission de la santé mentale du Canada

    Page Twitter de la Commission de la santé mentale du Canada

    Page LinkedIn de la Commission de la santé mentale du Canada
  • 17 Jan 2018 1:46 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Mental Wellness and Living with Dementia—Alzheimer’s Awareness Month—
    January 2018


    From Mental Health Commission of Canada and Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health

    January 17, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario

    January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month – an opportunity to reflect on our growing understanding of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and our need to listen to, and learn from, people living with the disease.

    Dementia is still clouded by stigma, not unlike that experienced by those living with mental health problems or illnesses. With the right care and support, people living with dementia can enjoy meaningful and healthy lives.

    The Government of Canada is developing a dementia strategy for Canada to help Canadians deal with the impacts and costs of dementia and Alzheimer’s.  Through strengthened research and a coordinated approach to care, it offers fresh hope to the more than 500,000 people in Canada who live with dementia.

    Dementia is not a natural consequence of aging, and the Guidelines for Comprehensive Mental Health Services for Older Adults in Canada include valuable recommendations for mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention. These guidelines also offer a vision of integrated mental health services for all older adults, no matter what their diagnosis may be.

    Another important resource is the National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses, which serves as a roadmap towards a health system that better supports caregivers.  While studies show they can experience a significant sense of personal growth and fulfillment by supporting a loved one, the day-to-day demands of long-term caregiving can take a toll on their physical and emotional health.

    We invite you to find a moment to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and listen to the powerful stories of people living with dementia featured in a new Alzheimer Society of Canada social media campaign to reduce dementia stigma. We can all learn something important by seeing the world through the lens of their experience.

    Louise Bradley

    President and CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada

    Dr. David Conn

    Co-Chair, Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health


    Media Relations

    Mental Health Commission of Canada


    Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Facebook page

    Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Twitter page

    Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Linkedin page

  • 05 Dec 2016 11:37 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The Centre for Education at Baycrest has been working hard to create an online resource to lessen the complexity, confusion and challenge of locating reliable information about dementia for caregivers and those with concerns about dementia and memory loss. With these goals in mind, I am proud to announce the launch of Dementia Resources from Around the World.

    This website provides access to a selection of the best available senior-friendly web resources on dementia. It is designed for both individuals experiencing symptoms of the disorder and their caregivers. The selected websites provide information on dementia, including risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, strategies to cope with daily life challenges, and available support groups. The information is available in multiple formats (i.e., video, PDF, pamphlets, games) to make it accessible to everyone. These websites have been evaluated to ensure they provide reliable and valid information on dementia.

    Please share this new resource with your clients and colleagues (internal and external). If you have any feedback or suggestions about additional websites that should be included on the site, please contact Dr. David Conn at

  • 05 Dec 2016 11:17 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The 25th 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.

    The conference 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 public.

    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 models. 

    Respectfully submitted,

    Daniel M. Blumberger, MD, MSc, FRCPC

  • 05 Dec 2016 11:14 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Just over 70 clinicians attended the CAGP's 5th Update in geriatric psychiatry held September 29-30, just before the CAGP Annual Scientific Meeting in Quebec City. As a result of consultations, surveys and feedback, the format was changed to a 1.5-day series of master class style workshops. These were practical updates in areas of clinical use and importance to geriatric psychiatrists and residents, including:

    Full-day workshops:

    • Problem Solving Therapy for Older Adults: An Interactive Workshop with Drs. Rebecca Crabb and Dallas Seitz
    • Advanced Interactive Case-based Workshop on Pharmacology on Depression and Dementia with Drs. Nathan Herrmann and Benoit Mulsant

    Half-day workshops:

    • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia of Older Adults: An Interactive Hands-on Workshop with Dr. Gail Myhr
    • Advanced Approach to Differential Diagnosis of Dementia in Atypical Dementias with Dr. David Tang-Wai
    • Atelier d’expert sur le diagnostic des démences avec Dr. Robert Laforce
    • Advanced Neuroimaging Workshop in Geriatric Psychiatry and Dementia with Dr. David Tang-Wai

    Initial informal feedback suggested the Update was successful. The added depth from a workshop format ensures the CAGP continues to make the educational program relevant and interesting to geriatricians and family physicians who want to improve and update their knowledge base in geriatric mental health.

    I am most grateful for the support of the Planning Committee which, along with myself as chair, was made up of the following:

    Mark Rapoport, MD, Co-chair

    Dallas Seitz, MD, Co-chair

    François Primeau, MD, Geriatric Psychiatry

    Julie Theriault, MD, representative for Family Medicine

    In addition, the Update would not be possible without the support of the entire CAGP board led by Dr. Rapoport, as well as the hard-working administrative team of Tabitha Carloni and Farrah Amador-Mughal of Secretariat Central who worked very long hours finalizing all preparations, communicating with the Hotel PUR Quebec, answering questions from members and attendees, and dealing with administrative issues.

    Due to next year’s CAGP collaboration with the Canadian Conference on Dementia, there will not be an Update until 2018. I look forward to reviewing feedback to help prepare for the future of this educational program and providing quality continuing professional development in geriatric psychiatry.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Andrew Wiens, MD, FRCPC

  • 05 Dec 2016 10:48 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The CCSMH Late Life Suicide Prevention Toolkit: Life Saving Tools for Health Care Providers was developed for health care providers – physicians, nurses, front-line workers, mental health professionals – and educators in health education programs at universities and colleges. The toolkit was developed by experts in the fields of geriatrics and suicide prevention: clinicians, researchers and academics, community agencies/organizations, and family and advocacy groups. Production of this toolkit was made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Betty Havens Award for Knowledge Translation in Aging (CIHR), as well as a donation from the RBC Foundation.

    All elements of the Toolkit can be accessed on the CCSMH website.

    Interested in hard copies? Please email for more information.

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