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Annual Scientific Meeting, Message from the Chair

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

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