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  • 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


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  • 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.

  • 05 Dec 2016 10:47 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The Senate has published their report on Dementia this past week with 29 recommendations. Dr. Marie-France Rivard had presented to this committee on behalf of the CAGP, Bonnie Schroeder had done so on behalf of CCSMH, and Dr. Frank Molnar spoke on behalf of CGS, along with several other respected speakers. There is also a link to an executive summary of the report and an information pamphlet on dementia and its impact. Thanks to all the participants for their contribution.

    The Senate are putting together a short video about this initiative which I have participated in which will be available soon. 

    Please see the report here:

    Also interesting relative document:  

    It is anticipated that these initiatives will lead to a better quality of life for Canadians living with dementia. Please distribute this information widely to gain traction and increase its impact. Thank you. 

    Best regards, 

    Kiran Rabheru MD, CCFP, FRCP, DABPN

  • 05 Dec 2016 10:36 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The UBC Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, under the leadership of Dr. Michael Wilkins-Ho, continues to be academically active. Monthly Provincial Geriatric Psychiatry Videoconference Rounds are ongoing with video uplink to sites across BC. CADRE rounds (Current Areas of Division Research Endeavors) were held in June 2016 and served as a medium for subspecialty residents and division members to showcase academic and research projects.

    The CLeAR Partnership Alliance (Call for Less Antipsychotics in Residential Care) of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council is well underway in its second wave. Much is being learned as we attempt to reduce inappropriate usage of neuroleptics in those care facilities in BC volunteering to participate in this initiative.

    The Elder Care Ethics Committee has begun its second year of providing ethics consults to teams caring for our older adults. It is an interdisciplinary committee with members from Providence Health Care and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. It is dedicated to supporting our clinicians, patients, and their caregivers and family. Medical Assistance in Dying has, of course, become a larger focus of discussion.

    We are happy to report that four new geriatric psychiatrists were graduated from the UBC Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Training Program in June 2016. The program currently has two trainees on track to graduate in 2018 and is in the process of interviewing new applicants.

    We wish to thank Dr. Martha Donnelly for her tireless advocacy around trainee issues. While she has now stepped down from her former role of program director, Dr. Ashok Krishnamoorthy has taken her place and brings significant experience in medical education to UBC. Unfortunately, funding of positions remains an active issue and the number of supported places for the 2017 intake has dropped from two to one.

    As one of the largest and fastest growing health authorities in Canada, the Fraser Health Authority (spanning from the cities of Burnaby to Hope) is continuing to make exciting efforts to meet the demands of an aging population. One highlight is the Royal Columbian Hospital Redevelopment Project. Phase one, scheduled for completion in 2019, includes construction of a new 75-bed mental health and substance use facility. It will offer a dedicated geriatric psychiatry unit designed for older adults experiencing acute mental illness. 

    The UBC Tertiary Geriatric Psychiatry Committee continues to support P.I.E.C.E.S. initiatives in BC.   Dr. Carol Ward is the clinical lead for the Kamloops Interior Health Integrated P.I.E.C.E.S. initiative and the Tertiary Older Adult Provincial P.I.E.C.E.S. initiative. Dr. Mary Lou Harrigan is the project lead for the tertiary initiative. Both programs continue to progress well and there is interest from the BC government in expanding P.I.E.C.E.S. across the continuum of care in the province. To that end, an advisory committee, the Provincial P.I.E.C.E.S. Reference Group, has been struck.

    This committee is examining multiple approaches to expanding the program, including development of facilitators in BC. Dr. Ward and Dr. Harrigan have recently published a short film on P.I.E.C.E.S. and leadership, available at

    The Ministry of Health has also renewed our P.I.E.C.E.S. license, ensuring the initiative will be delivered across the continuum of care in BC.        Dr. Elizabeth Drance and Dr. Carol Ward continue to deliver their workshop: Dementia-Related Responsive Behaviour: Putting it All Together Using P.I.E.C.E.S. and the BC BPSD Algorithm – A Workshop for Physicians (3.75 hours accredited College of Family Physicians and Royal College of Canada). The workshop has been rolled out successfully in several sites across the province.

    We are also pleased to announce the publication of Seniors Services: A Provincial Guide to Dementia Care in British Columbia available at

    Submitted by: Dr. Paul Blackburn and Dr. Bonnie S Wiese.

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