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  • 03 Nov 2014 10:50 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    To members of CAGP,

    We are inviting you to celebrate Dr Marie-France Tourigny-Rivard – the mother of geriatric psychiatry – as she begins retirement after 34 years at The Royal. A tireless advocate, mentor, physician and friend, Marie-France has shaped geriatric psychiatry as we know it in Canada. In honour of her tremendous contributions, we are asking you to consider making a donation in her name to The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, by mail, fax or online at www.theroyal.ca . A pledge form is attached below for your convenience.  

    A special fund will be established to support a priority of her choice in geriatric psychiatry.

    We will make a special presentation at a reception to be held in her honour, November 1, 2014, where we will unveil a plaque and advise her of your generosity.

     Information about Marie-France: 

    Marie-France Tourigny-Rivard, M.D., FRCPC, is a well-known geriatric psychiatrist who served for many years as the clinical director of the geriatric psychiatry program of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. She is also a professor in psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches in English and in French.

    Marie-France’s career in psychiatry began at the Royal Ottawa Hospital in 1979 where her leadership in regards to clinical care and services led to the development of a full range of mental health services for older adults of the region of Champlain and beyond. Her commitment to education inspired and increased the capacity of countless health care professionals (psychiatrists, family physicians, nurses and personal support workers) to provide better mental health care to older Canadians.    

    A founding member and past-president of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry, Marie-France was the first recipient of the Leadership award from the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry recognizing her outstanding contributions to geriatric psychiatry in Canada.

    In 2007, Marie-France was appointed as chair of the Seniors Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and continues her involvement as a member of the Advisory Council.

    Marie-France was raised in Quebec and obtained her medical degree from Université de Montréal. She trained in psychiatry at the University of Washington in Seattle and at Université Laval in Québec city.

    Marie-France continues to provide geriatric outreach and community mental health services in collaboration with primary care professionals of rural areas surrounding Ottawa and those of the Cochrane region of Northern Ontario, reaching out to the francophone population.   

    Given her longstanding interest in education and clinical service development, she continues to act as a resource to health care planners and providers across the country, using the recently published Guidelines for Comprehensive Mental Health Services for Older Adults in Canada developed by the Seniors Advisory Committee of the MHCC.

    Dr. Andrew Wiens 

  • 03 Nov 2014 10:48 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    At the CAGP strategic planning retreat in February 2014, a new Advocacy Committee was established. Thanks to everyone who participated in the working group at the strategic planning day to identify some of the initial goals of this committee. The overall objectives for this committee are to advocate for the professional sustainability and growth of the practice of geriatric psychiatry in Canada. Some of the initial activities for the Advocacy Committee were to identify the status of geriatric psychiatry residency program applications and approvals in Canada to determine current training capacity and future capacity for training of geriatric psychiatrists. At the present time there are four accredited programs in geriatric psychiatry in Canada and several additional programs that have applications under review which is encouraging news. Another early goal of our advocacy committee was to advocate for an extension of the practice eligibility route to Royal College eligibility. Fortunately, soon after our strategic planning meeting the Royal College extended the deadline for unaccredited training to June 30, 2016, which will provide additional trainees with the opportunity to apply for Royal College subspecialty certification in geriatric psychiatry. The other major activity for the Advocacy Committee for this year was to examine human health resource planning for geriatric psychiatry in Canada. To this end I was able to participate in the Canadian Medical Association’s Specialist Forum meeting in August, 2014, to represent the CAGP. The CMA is developing a seniors’ strategy and will be examining the physician workforce for geriatric specialists within their seniors’ strategy. Dr. Frank Molnar from the CGS brought forth a motion to examine the workforce needs of geriatric physician specialists at the CMA general council meeting which was passed by council. I will continue to work with the CMA Specialist Forum and seniors’ strategy group over the next year on these important initiatives. If anyone is interested in participating in the CAGP Advocacy Committee we would welcome your input and please feel free to contact me at seitzd@provdicencare.ca if you would like to participate in any of the Advocacy Committee’s work.

    Dallas Seitz

    Vice President


  • 03 Nov 2014 10:44 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    It is with pleasure that I report the gains that CAGP has made in 2014 in building new ways to partner with like-minded organizations, especially the CPA, CCSMH, CMA, CGS, IPA, and AAGP.

    I will summarize some of the highlights and newer developments below:

    Canadian Seniors Health Collaborative (CSHC): At the CAGP Strategic Planning Retreat on February 28, 2014, a workshop was led by Kiran Rabheru with participation of Ken LeClair, David Conn, Corrine Fisher, Soham Rej, Mark Bosma, Holly Dornan, Barry Campbell and Bonnie Schroder. This workshop resulted in the planning and conceptualization of a Canadian Seniors Health Collaborative (CSHC). The goal of the CHSC will be to advance the political, research, professional development and financial interests of the CAGP through partnerships with key stakeholder organizations in seniors’ health. Several goals were identified including:

    1. To set up a summit to explore the feasibility of the CSHC.

    2.  To secure a 2015 date and Toronto venue and to invite speakers from CCSMH, CGS, IPA, CPA and CAG to a strategic summit on seniors’ health.

    3.  To secure funding for the summit and speakers.

    4. To use the summit to find the common ground and determine who and how to link or partner with the right organizations that will advance the CAGP Mission and Purpose.

    5. Results of the summit will inform the creation of the CSHC, a new non- profit organization.

    6.Define the benefits of collaboration: Networking, reduced cost by sharing resources, political strength in numbers, more resources for guideline development, leadership for better patient outcomes.

    7.  To develop CSHC partnerships 8: operationalize the CSHC Sand secure a memo of understanding with the six or seven key organizations

    8.  Establish a website committee and secure quotes to build the CSHC website.

    9. develop a communication strategy 10: develop the CSHC membership value proposition.

    CPA: Partnership planning with the CPA is an ongoing process. Glenn Brimacombe, the new CEO of the CPA is working closely with the CAGP and other academies, to develop a closer alliance to achieve goals that are of mutual benefit to our members e.g., membership fees, conference planning, recruitment and retention of members, and administrative efficiencies, communication strategies, media and public education are a few of the items on the list of ongoing discussions. Another major gain was the decision by the CPA Board that membership in one of the Academies would for at least five years would be an acceptable alternative to CPA membership for the purpose of obtaining a Fellowship of the CPA. CPA’s inaugural Lobby Day, attended by a number of Parliamentarians and guests, was held on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The CAGP was well represented by Marie-France Rivard at this exciting event as the CPA went to Parliament Hill to discuss the raise awareness and the importance of mental health amongst Canadians.

    CMA: As an affiliate of the CMA, the CAGP was invited to participate in a Specialist Forum attended on August 17, 2014. Dallas Seitz represented the CAGP who, along with Frank Molnar of geriatric medicine, helped pass a motion stating that The Canadian Medical Association will examine physician resources and trends among those specialties that focus on geriatric care (e.g., geriatric medicine, geriatric psychiatry, care of the elderly) and make recommendations based on those findings. Other discussions with the CMA include improving efficiency in the Canadian health care system and the future of medical education in Canada postgraduate survey on supports for transition into practice.

    I would like to acknowledge the contributions that each and every one of you has made throughout the year to move many of the partnership agenda items forward and I look forward to working with you on the many new initiatives in the coming year.

    Respectfully,

    Kiran Rabheru

    Chair, Partnership Strategy


  • 03 Nov 2014 10:42 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    2013-2014 has been a very eventful year for the communications portfolio. It has been a time of transition as Secretariat Central has taken over from TOCORP. This past year I have chaired the committee with input from Mark Rapoport, Holly Dornan and Secretariat Central. Lara Hazelton, former communications chair for the CAGP, has agreed to join us this coming year. We have continued to provide regional updates on a quarterly basis, providing our members with important information about what is going on in different areas of the country. We have reformatted the e-newsletter to make it more e-friendly and also have added ongoing updates in areas such as the scientific meeting, national review course, royal college certification and research. We have a new logo that reflects our new vision but also has sufficient similarity to the old logo to provide some continuity. With the assistance of Timothy Lau we have struck an e-resources task force and are in the process of revamping our website, updating links to important topic areas such as depression and dementia. We are also considering revamping the member’s only section of the website. We hope to have changes to the website finalized by next year. Through the involvement of Holly Dornan and Marla Davidson we have enhanced our links with trainees and also explored how we can use social media more effectively to connect with members. Finally, as I am stepping down from the board, we are in the process of clearly defining the roles and responsibilities of the communications chair and will be selecting a successor to me once the new board is formed. I have volunteered to stay on in my role during the transition period. Looking ahead, my hope is that we can expand the membership of our group and start focusing on using the communications portfolio as a means of enhancing clinical and research collaborations.  

  • 03 Nov 2014 10:31 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    As of August 2014 there are 324 CAGP members (see Chart 1 for breakdown), with a total increase in almost all categories, especially the MIT category. This may be attributed to the ongoing CAGP trainee strategy, as well as the continued effect of Royal College recognition of geriatric psychiatry as a sub-specialty.

    July 2013

    August 2014

    Full Member/Member

    214 (74%)

    219 (68%)

    Affiliate Member/Member

    21 (7%)

    24 (7%)

    Member-in-Training (MIT)

    52 (18%)

    76 (24%)

    Lifetime Member

    4 (1%)

    3 (1%)

    TOTAL

    291

    324

    Chart 1. CAGP Member Numbers 2013-2014

    Similar to the report from 2013, the majority of members are geriatric psychiatrists residing in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec (see Chart 2 for breakdown).


    Chart 2. CAGP Members by province 2013-2014

    Over the past year, there has been a simplification of membership categories with the removal of the “Associate Member” category. The website has been updated to reflect these changes, with clear definition of the “Full” and “Affiliate” member categories. Continued efforts will be made in the coming year to further increase membership. It is clear that many geriatric psychiatrists have successfully passed the Royal College certification exam, and it will be important to ensure they are aware of the CAGP and membership benefits. 

  • 03 Nov 2014 10:28 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    There are many purposes of the CAGP awards program. It helps to foster and develop interest in the subspecialty of geriatric psychiatry by residents in psychiatry, promotes scholarly activity in the field by both residents and subspecialty trainees, introduces these residents to the collegiality of geriatric psychiatrists through their attendance at the ASM and recognizes those amongst us who have made significant contributions to the field of geriatric psychiatry at the regional, national and even international level

    The goals of the Awards Committee are to facilitate the process of developing and refining award criteria, select award winners, establish an appropriate budget, present the names of award winners and any proposed changes to the awards to the CAGP board and encourage donations to the education fund by the CAGP membership.

    This year the CAGP has awarded each of our four awards to very deserving individuals. The award categories include CAGP Outstanding Contributions in Geriatric Psychiatry (Dr. Mark Rapoport), CAGP Regional Contributions in Geriatric Psychiatry (Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy), the Geriatric Psychiatry Training award (Dr. Nadeesha Fernando) and the CAGP Resident (Dr. Majda Ines Souci, Dr. Paul Blackburn). This year Dr. Holly Dornan (Geriatric Psychiatry Training ward winner 2013) will be presenting at the September ASM.

    2014 was a major transition for the CAGP as we began working with a new administrative organization Secretariat Central. We would like to thank the Secretariat staff for their support and patience during this transition phase. Overall things went quite smoothly. The timelines for this process were established. The award descriptions were tidied up. We have clarified deadlines, terms of the awards and acknowledgements. There is a process for notifying the membership of the awards and encouraging applicants. The reality is we have historically received very few nominations for any of the awards. Attention to this part of the process is a goal for the 2014-2015 year.

    We turned our attention to the future of the awards program once we had selected the successful applicants for this year’s awards. The motivation for this reflection came from discussions that have occurred over the past couple of years and ensuring future financial viability.

    There has been ongoing debate from past members as well as present about the lack of clarity between the criteria of the award for Outstanding Contributions and the Regional award. The reality is very few applications have been received over the past years for the Regional award. After at least two years of debate we have elected to no longer offer this award for these reasons. This may increase competition for the Outstanding Contributions award. We will need to review the criteria for this award given this change.

    Changes have also been proposed for the Residents award. We have discussed decreasing the amount of the award in order to be able to offer potentially three as opposed to two. The proposal is to decrease the amount of each award from $2000 to $1000. This will still help to cover the expenses of the residents in travelling to and attending the ASM where they are asked to present a poster on a proposed scholarly activity in the field of geriatric psychiatry. We plan to award two Resident awards each year provided we have applications that meet criteria and have the potential to award a third if a deserving candidate applies. This is reflected in the proposed budget for 2015.

    Changes to the Outstanding Contributions award have also been proposed. Historically winners of both this award and that of the Regional award received $1000. Past recipients of these awards expressed surprise at receiving a cash prize. It was their feeling that recognition by the academy and their peers was a sufficient honour. The committee has proposed changing the monetary portion of the award to covering the registration cost of the winner at the next ASM they attend.

    We have not made any changes to the Training award.

    This is the first year the cost of the awards will appear as a line item in the budget and a budget for 2015.

    The timing of the presentation of the awards during the ASM has varied over the past couple of years. It is important for the Chair of this committee and that of the ASM planning committee to liaise regarding the scheduling of the ceremony during the ASM. This year it will be during the lunch break of the second day.

    The CAGP actively solicits donations to an education fund, which helps support the cost of the awards via a direct link on its website, reminders in the electronic newsletters and paper reminders during the ASM. A goal of this year’s committee will be a discussion as to how to make this more visible.

    A long-standing committee member Dr. Marlene Smart left after many years of service. We would like to thank Marlene for her participation. Her promotion of the subspecialty at the resident, fellow/trainee and colleague level contributed significantly to the success of this program.

    Our group has expanded its regional representation as we welcomed Dr. Mark Bosma (Nova Scotia) to the committee. 

    Respectfully submitted,

    Carol Ward, MD

    Secretary and Awards Chair 

  • 03 Nov 2014 10:19 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    In 2013 the CAGP delivered a rich and engaging conference in Ottawa. The conference was held at the Ottawa Convention Centre. A review of the conference confirmed that 109 attendees travelled to Ottawa to attend the meeting in spite of the inaugural Royal College Geriatric Psychiatry subspecialty certification exam being written across the country on the following day. The meeting proved to be not only a venue for dissemination of current knowledge in geriatric psychiatry, but also for networking and meeting with colleagues. Overall the meeting resulted in a net profit of $803. The keynote presentation this year was given by Dr. Benoit Mulsant on the topic of the changes relevant to geriatric psychiatry that were introduced with the publication of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association. The plenary session was a panel entitled “Advances in Therapeutic Brain Stimulation,” presented by Dr. Daniel Blumberger and Dr. Paul Lespérance. In addition to the keynote and plenary session, this year’s annual meeting included a number of additional highlights. These included a workshop on how to disclose a diagnosis of dementia using a person-centred, comprehensive and progressive approach. Keeping with the theme of dementia, there was also a workshop devoted to reviewing the 4th Canadian Consensus Conference on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia guidelines with respect to imaging and dementia. Participants had an opportunity to interact directly with members of the expert panel who came up with the guidelines, and increase their knowledge of neuroimaging as it pertains to dementia. In addition, there was a workshop entitled “Too Old for Therapy,” in which the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy were adapted for use in older adults

    Further, Dr. Mulsant, in conjunction with Drs. Daniel Blumberger, Zahinoor Ismail, Kiran Rabheru and Mark Rapoport, led a workshop on developing an algorithmic approach to pharmacotherapy of late-life depression (LLD). Participants described their approaches to treatment of LLD at various stages of treatment and tried to integrate this into a stepped-care approach to treatment.

    Concurrent paper sessions focused on a number of common themes, including use of technology, psychotropic medication, health systems issues and some controversial topics. Finally, the CAGP Fellowship Award was given to Dr. Jennifer Brault, who presented her ongoing research into “Exogenous Melatonin for Insomnia in Older Adults a Meta-analysis.” She described the research methodology and her plans for future research. The Outstanding Contributions in Geriatric Psychiatry Award was shared by Drs. Melissa Andrew and Catherine Shea for their devoted and successful efforts over many years to have geriatric psychiatry officially recognized at the Royal College level.

    In summary, the CAGP ASM was successful in providing current and up-to-date education in geriatric psychiatry, with a focus on new approaches and treatments.

    At the time of writing this we are less than two weeks away from the two-day 2014 CAGP Annual Scientific Meeting partnered with the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario, entitled: Innovations in Seniors’ Mental Health Care: Insights From the Frontiers of Research and Service Delivery. 

    We are looking forward to an exciting and informative two days for the CAGP ASM jointly held with the CCSMH. This year’s meeting features many important multidisciplinary updates and information for those working in the field of seniors’ mental health. Our keynote and plenary speakers cover a wide range of topics related to geriatric mental health. On the first day Dr. David Goldbloom, Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada will be giving a keynote address speaking on seniors’ mental health: A Perspective from the Mental Health Commission of Canada. The plenary talk on day one of the meeting will be given by Dr. Joel Sadavoy, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and Inaugural CAGP President. He will be speaking on the very innovative approach to helping caregivers of patients with dementia entitled “Training Caregivers of Patients with Dementia.” Our second day will kick off with a keynote address from Dr. Eric Lenze, Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis, and a leading expert in Late-Life Anxiety Disorders will give a very practical and instructive talk entitled “Managing Anxiety in Older Adults: 8 Simple Rules.” Finally, 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. Conference attendees will also have an opportunity to take a trip to Stratford to see a highly rated performance of King Lear arranged by the CAGP. We also have a wide range of symposia, workshops and paper presentations that cover the spectrum of topics from innovative experimental medicine approaches to understanding late-life mental disorders to creative psychotherapeutic approaches for grief and late-life depression.

    The most notable challenge this year is the lower than expected sponsorship engagement. This may be related to the small turnout at last year’s meeting. However, sponsors have been very reluctant to support “geriatric” meetings due to a surge in negative press in the US over the last year. The committee engaged in multiple strategies to engage sponsors with little success. Alternative strategies and early engagement are planned for the 2015 meeting on September 30 in Vancouver to address the decline in sponsorship for the meeting. We have been able to obtain a very generous sponsorship from the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Overall, registration for the meeting has been strong with 203 registrants so far, in spite of the meeting occurring after the first week of return from summer vacation.

     The CAGP and CCSMH would like to thank the sponsors of the 2014 Annual Scientific meeting:

     CCSMH-CAGP BREAK SPONSOR

    SUPPORTER

    EXHIBITOR


    Daniel M. Blumberger,

     MD, MSc, FRCPC

  • 03 Nov 2014 10:15 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The 2015 BC Psychogeriatric Annual Meeting will be held in Kamloops, BC, April 24-25. The conference title is “Maintaining the Momentum: Sustaining Initiatives in Older Adult Mental Health”. This is also an appropriate theme for this update as my colleagues and I reflect on new developments within the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at UBC and initiatives at the health authority and provincial level.

    Our last update ended with a big thank you to Dr. Martha Donnelly for her leadership in this field both academically, provincially and nationally. Martha stepped down from the role of Head of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at UBC. Dr. Michael Wilkins-Ho has taken over and the transition has been seamless. The Division continues to link with sites around the province via monthly Geriatric Psychiatry Videoconference Rounds. This September brings CADRE rounds (Current Areas of Division Research Endeavours), which will use this videoconference network to showcase the academic and research projects by the subspecialty residents and division members

    The Subspecialty Resident Training Program in Geriatric Psychiatry is in its third year and currently has four residents. It completed its internal review this year with favourable results, although secured position funding remains a challenge.

    The University of British Columbia, Department of Psychiatry has created the position of Oversight Director to develop the geriatric psychiatry rotation experience for resident training across distributed sites in the province.

    Many exciting initiatives that directly impact on the care of older adults with mental health problems and illnesses are occurring in the province. The BC Dementia Action Plan is being updated this fall. It will provide a strategic framework for dementia care over the next three years.

    Development of an educated dementia care work force is a major priority for all of us who practise in the field of older adult mental health. P.I.E.C.E.S. a Model for Collaborative Care and Changing Practice is a learning and development program for professionals who provide care for individuals with complex cognitive and mental health needs. The Kamloops Integrated P.I.E.C.E.S. Initiative and Residential Care in the province continue to bring this training to registered staff. This year the UBC Tertiary Geriatric Psychiatry Committee is hosting a P.I.E.C.E.S. Facilitator development workshop, which will allow us to implement it in our tertiary mental health sites. The goal is to develop a cadre of facilitators who can then collaborate in leading the 24 hour P.I.E.C.E.S. program in each of the five health authorities. The expansion of the program will bring a common vision, language and approach. This will surely help those persons with the lived experience of mental health problems and illnesses as they transition between the different parts of the continuum of care.

    Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) is a practical dementia education program that targets all staff including health care aides on how to respond respectfully and with confidence to those who present with dementia responsive behaviours. This program is gaining traction in our residential and tertiary mental health sites.

    The BC Patient Safety and Quality Council (BCPSQC) launched their CLeAR (Call for Less Antipsychotics in Residential Care) initiative early this year. The goal is to reduce the overall prescription use of antipsychotics in people with dementia related responsive behaviours and ensure that they are used appropriately. The BCPSQC is supporting more than 50 residential care facilities in the development of individual quality improvement projects with this goal in mind. This initiative has created great excitement as it promotes a consistent approach to assessment, education and psychosocial interventions. P.I.E.C.E.S. and GPA are recognized as important initiatives in achieving this culture change.

    Following the development of the BC Best Practice Guideline for Accommodating and Managing BPSD in residential care in 2013, the Ministry of Health co-ordinated an inter-professional collaborative of more than 30 health care professionals to expand and refine the Interior Health Authority BPSD algorithm. A consensual decision-making process was developed and guided by Elisabeth Antifeau (Chair). The updated algorithm is a comprehensive, one-stop resource for a person-centred care approach to BPSD. The BCPSQC moved the algorithm from paper to a web/smart device friendly tool and actively promotes its use as part of the CLeAR initiative.

    The purpose of its development is to provide nurses, family practitioners and allied health professionals involved with the care of those suffering from dementia related responsive behaviours with best practice recommendations for assessment, evidence-based assessment tools and support material. It is also a good teaching tool for medical students and residents. It has two main parts: Part 1 – Interdisciplinary Decisional and Practice Support for BPSD (Assessment, Problem Solving, Care Planning) and Part 2 – Reassessment with Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner for BPSD (Re-assessment, Medication Options, Monitoring). Feedback on its design and utility is welcome and can be given on the web-site shown below.

    Check out www.bcbpsd.ca!  

    Carol Ward, MD

    CAGP Board Member representing BC


  • 03 Nov 2014 10:09 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    2013 has been a year of transition and change! In September 2013, Bonnie Schroeder was selected as the new director taking over from Kim Wilson, who dedicated eight years of her career to CCSMH. In the words of one Steering Committee member: “Kim brought tremendous enthusiasm” to the role and organization.

    The Eliminating Stigma: A Focus on Seniors’ Mental Health project, fundied by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), developed, piloted and evaluated a workshop intervention for health care providers. Its purpose was to reduce stigma experienced by older adults living with mental health problems or illnesses. The workshop included a social contact component through the use of video stories of lived experience of mental illness. Rosalyn’s story shares her experience being hospitalized with severe depression and the sense of wisdom and meaning she has found in recovery. The report and video will be made available in the fall of 2014.

    Suicide prevention continues to be a strong priority area in the mental health field. The Public Health Agency of Canada held consultations related to the Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada supported the development of the National Collaborative of Suicide Prevention. In late 2013, the reality of suicide prevention in later life was widespread in the media with an older couple who died by suicide, bringing attention to the higher suicide rates among older adults, particularly older men.

    Partner Highlights

    As a Coalition, we are only as strong as our members and partners. Here are a few of their highlights:

    • Dr. Marnin Heisel was awarded a three-year Movember Grant in late 2013. He will study the effect of support groups for men of retirement age and their risk of suicide. 
    • Social isolation is the new priority for the National Seniors Council. The Council will assess how social isolation affects seniors and explore ways to prevent and reduce it.
    • The Canadian Geriatric Society released the Hospital Discharge Guide for Older Adults and Their Families. The goal of this guide is to help patients and their families participate in planning the discharge home and to make the transition from hospital a safe one.

    Looking Ahead                                                                                            

    As a Coalition, we are at a crossroads in fulfilling our mandate to promote seniors’ mental health by connecting people, ideas and resources. We play a unique role in the sector at the intersection of mental health and aging. Building on our successes, we will be continually challenged to work collaboratively and creatively with partners to protect and promote the mental health and wellbeing of older Canadians. 


  • 03 Nov 2014 10:07 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    2013-2014 was a challenging time for the CAGP with continued deficit and a changing year end. Due to new federal regulations, we had to change our year end from December 31 to May 31. This has resulted in reporting of financials on both a calendar year and a fiscal year basis during this transition year so as to be able to track relatively to previous years but to future deadlines.

    The reality of our successful lobbying for a Royal College subspecialty leads us to need to review our future strategic directions and how our financial resources are allocated. Struggles with our identity as an organization in the changing times around us lead us to need to both ask and answer questions. We had another Strategic Planning Session this year to further our exploration of why we exist, for whom and to what ends. From this strategy have come our financial commitments to the National Review Course, our annual general meeting and our new management contract with Secretariat Central.

    Our annual deficit of $97,745 (December 31, 2013) while concerning is a small amount relative to our net assets of $480,851. We remain focused on achieving a balanced budget over the coming years and this will follow from a critical review of the above mentioned broad strategic directions, organizational identity and prudent financial stewardship.

    Dr. Barry Campbell

    Treasurer


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