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  • 03 Apr 2014 9:27 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Make note of two excellent educational events from the
    International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA)

    2014 IPA International Meeting

    IPA in collaboration with the Peking Institute and the IPA Affiliate in China, CSP-PIG, will be hosting the IPA International Meeting in Beijing, October 23-26, 2014. YU Xin, organizing chair of the meeting, Huali Wang, IPA Board of Directors member and Scientific Committee chair, and the members of the scientific committee, have developed a thoughtful and informative program with the theme “Staying Engaged ‒ Practicing Learning throughout the Lifespan.”

    The robust scientific program will feature Keynote Speaker Dilip Jeste of the University of California, San Diego (United States) addressing the topic, “Successful Aging and Wisdom.” Another plenary will include Joel Sadavoy of the University of Toronto speaking on “Culturally Appropriate Dementia Caregiver Intervention.” Many other world-renowned experts will speak about topics of great importance. 

    CAGP knows firsthand the unique quality of an IPA meeting.  Besides the outstanding scientific program, there will be many opportunities for all disciplines and experience to connect and collaborate with one another through the IPA Member Forums – discussion and work groups.  So, mark your calendar, submit an abstract today and pack your bags for Beijing.  Be sure to bring along your staff so they have the opportunity to experience the multi-disciplinary approach of IPA within the broad cultural environment. 

    Abstracts are due now – April 15, 2014

    To learn more about the program and to submit an abstract visit


    Interventions for BPSD in Long-Term Care Homes: An IPA Learning Portal Webinar

    Join IPA on April 9, 2014 for our inaugural webinar, Interventions for BPSD in Long-Term Care Homes. This webinar (part of the new 2014 webinar series) will focus on the challenge of assessing and managing BPSD with a primary focus on aggression and various forms of agitation.  The evidence in support of both psychosocial and pharmacological interventions will be reviewed.  Case examples will be utilized to highlight some key issues.

    This webinar will feature Canada’s own David Conn and Robert Madan from Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care in Toronto, Canada. 

    All IPA webinars are included in IPA membership or are accessible at a modest fee for non-members.  Everyone must pre-register.

     To learn more and register for the webinar, click here.  

    To view the 2014 Webinar Series schedule (four programs this year), click here.

    Submitted by: The International Psychogeriatric Association


    Posted: April 3, 2014 

  • 03 Apr 2014 9:26 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Dr. Jeff Myers, University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

    In October 2013, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada officially approved the recognition of Palliative Medicine as a formal two-year subspecialty in Canada.  This historic decision followed an eight year application process. The subspecialty training program will have multiple entry routes although Internal Medicine, Anaesthesia, Neurology and Paediatrics, which were determined as the base specialties. Physicians from other specialties, including Family Medicine, who can demonstrate the necessary prerequisite competencies, will be allowed to apply to the subspecialty training program.  Finally, there will also be a practice-eligible route open to all physicians. A Working Group is being established to oversee the implementation of the subspecialty and it is through this process further details will be clarified.

    Posted: April 3, 2014 

  • 03 Apr 2014 9:22 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Did you know that 100% of donations to the CAGP are put toward funding our existing trainee awards? The purpose of our Annual Resident award is to promote the development of future geriatric psychiatrists by providing the successful candidates with financial support to attend our Annual Scientific meeting where they present a poster outlining a scholarly activity in the field. The goal of the Annual Training award supports the research commitments of those resident/fellows who are actively pursuing sub-specialization.  It helps to fund their academic project which can be in the field of education, service development, advocacy or research as well as travel to the annual meeting where they present on their project to the Academy in attendance. We are always looking at ways to create more of these initiatives. The exposure of interested trainees to members of the Academy by attendance at the Annual meeting helps to influence career decisions by fostering relationships with those who are passionate about older adult mental health care. Check out the awards criteria at<>.  Donations can be made online. Thank you in advance for your support.

    Kind regards,

    Carol Ward, MD
    Chair, Awards Committee

    Posted: April 3, 2014 

  • 02 Apr 2014 3:45 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    CAGP Annual Scientific Meeting 2014

    We are less than six months away from the 2014 CCSMH-CAGP Annual Meeting and are busy planning an exciting and engaging program. This year the conference will be held at the newly renovated Eaton Chelsea located in downtown Toronto on September 9 to 10, 2014. Keep an eye out for conference registration opening in May!


    1) Review novel intervention and treatment strategies in the field of senior's mental health care.
    2) Explore emerging biomarkers and methods of assessment and diagnosis in senior's mental illnesses.
    3) Explore national, provincial and local initiatives that impact service delivery to seniors with mental illness.
    4) To appreciate ways in which simulation, literature and theatre can inform the training of dementia caregivers and add insight into mental illness in older adulthood.


    We are in the midst of developing a lively program that combines academic and practical clinical presentations that will cater to a mutli-disciplinary audience.


    Dr. David Goldbloom
    Professor of Psychiatry at University of Toronto, and Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
    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.
    Treatment of Late-Life Anxiety.


    Dr. Mark Rapoport
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry at University of Toronto, and President, Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry
    Lear’s Shadow:  Contemporary lessons on differential diagnosis in geriatric psychiatry.

    Dr. Joel Sadavoy
    Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Inaugural CAGP President.
    Training Caregivers of Patients with Dementia.

    A more detailed program will be available online soon!

    Stratford Trip - reserve your spot today!

    Join the CAGP on September 10, 2014 for a performance of King Lear at the renowned Stratford Festival. Tickets include roundtrip transportation from the Eaton Chelsea, buffet dinner as well as prime seating for King Lear, starring Colm Feore. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity and book now! Tickets are limited. For more details please click here.


    CAGP-CCSMH Hotel Room Block

    CAGP has contracted a conference guestroom rate for attendees at the Eaton Chelsea. Due to the conference taking place during the Toronto International Film festival, we recommend you contact the hotel and book your room today! Please visit the hotel information page on the CAGP website for more details on booking your room.


    For any conference related inquiries please email Andrea Smith, CAGP Conference Manager at

    Daniel Blumberger

    Posted: April 3, 2014 

  • 02 Apr 2014 3:44 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    CAGP National Review Course 2014

    The CAGP will be offering for the third time an intensive two-day review course in Geriatric Psychiatry on Sunday, September 7th and Monday, September 8th in Toronto immediately before the CCSMH-CAGP 2014 Joint Scientific Meeting. The review course will be an excellent opportunity to cover a wide array of topics in geriatric psychiatry at an advanced level. Knowledge will be consolidated, and clinically-relevant literature updates will be presented. The course is suitable for geriatric psychiatrists, geriatricians, family physicians and allied-health professionals interested in learning more about a broad array of topics in geriatric psychiatry. 

    Over the course of two days, 16 speakers will be covering 13 major topics in geriatric psychiatry. The topics were carefully chosen based on a needs assessment of last year's attendees and a survey of the full CAGP membership. Even if you attended last year, you will likely be interested in joining us again this year. Sunday, September 7th will focus on diagnosis and treatment of delirium, dementia, depression, and sleep disorders, as well as assessment of capacity. The morning of Monday, September 8th will have 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. The course will be chaired by Dr. Andrew Wiens, Associate professor at University of Ottawa with the assistance of Dr. Mark Rapoport, President of the CAGP and Associate professor at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Dallas Seitz, Assistant professor at Queen's University. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Carol Cohen, Dr. George Heckman, Dr. Nathan Herrmann, Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingham and Dr. Lesley Wiesenfeld as well as the chair and assistant chairs. In addition, international guest speaker Dr. Charles F. Reynolds III from the University of Pittsburgh will be discussing the topic of Sleep Disorders in the Elderly. Please save the dates Sunday, September 7th and Monday, September 8th for the 3rd annual CAGP Review Course in Geriatric Psychiatry, and stay tuned for more information about registration for the Course.  

    Andrew Wiens

    Posted: April 3, 2014 

  • 02 Apr 2014 3:41 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Newfoundland Update

    This has been an exciting time for geriatric psychiatry in our province and community.

    On a provincial level, there is a new Paid Family Caregiving Home Support Option which will provide seniors, who meet existing criteria, increased choice when it comes to home support. The new home support option expands the definition of family members who can provide care to include parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and relatives residing in the same home. This excludes spouses and common-law partners as there is still the expectation that the natural caregiving roles provided by these individuals will continue. This option also provides clients with a more flexible payment model that will provide subsidy funds directly to the client to best meet their support requirement to remain in the community.

    On a community level, a new $150 million long-term care facility is nearing completion in St. John’s and is expected to be open in September of 2014.  The new facility will accommodate approximately 460 beds and include space for recreation therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and spirituality. The facility will also contain protective care units for individuals with dementia, enhanced short stay services such as respite and convalescence care; and, specialized behavioral services for seniors. This facility is one of six new long-term care facilities developed by the Provincial Government. Over the last several years new facilities have opened in Clarenville, Corner Brook, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Lewisporte and another facility is under construction in Carbonear.

    And finally, our team continues to grow, evolve and change. Dr. Susan Dalton got married this past year. Dr. Mehrul Hasnain has become our new Division Head. With an extensive background in research in rural practice, we are delighted to welcome him in this new position. We are confident that he can liaise and collaborate with various stakeholders to promote excellent practice and care in our field. Dr. Isabel Martins will be retiring from practice in 2014. Many of you know Dr. Martins from her experience with the CAGP Board throughout the years. Dr. Martin’s, who is kind, thoughtful, calm and wise will be sorely missed by patients and colleagues alike.

    Cathy Hickey, MD, FRCPC, ABPN

    Staff Psychiatrist, Geriatric Psychiatry Day Hospital

    Dr. L.A. Miller Centre, St. John's, NL

    Posted: April 3, 2014

  • 02 Apr 2014 3:35 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Nova Scotia Update

    Regional Report from the Dalhousie Geriatric Psychiatry/ Seniors Mental Health Program

    Our Geriatric Psychiatrists have worked hard this year on an application to the Royal College for subspecialty recognition of Dalhousie's training program. We now await university approval for our application before taking it forward to the Royal College. Special thanks to Dr. Janya Freer for her leadership in the process as our Fellowship Program Director. Thanks also to Dr. Sameh Hassan for his educational role as Fellowship Director for the previous several years.

    On the national scene, Dr. Mark Bosma is our regional representative on the Board of the Canadian Academy for Geriatric Psychiatry, and also sits on the Royal College Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Committee. Dr. Cheryl Murphy is our regional representative on the Royal College Examination Committee.

    Provincially, the newly elective Liberal government has begun its work on a provincial Dementia Strategy, and on renewing the provincial Continuing Care Strategy. The recent "Ivany Report" urges the province to also begin more economic planning for an aging population. See We continue to make important strides in mental health care for seniors through our Nova Scotia Seniors Mental Health Network. The preceding year involved a provincial engagement strategy to improve connections among our nine districts. We offer a provincial CME accredited Geriatric Psychiatry tele-education series, a monthly "clinical cafe" for challenging case discussion and are collaborative partners for a seniors’ mental health promotion initiative.

    In terms of our student news, congratulations are extended to Dr. Meagan MacNeil in completing her Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry this academic year. Our team is looking forward to welcoming Dr. MacNeil in July 2014 in a combination of clinical work, administration and research.

    Congratulations are also extended to our resident Dr. Vanessa Thoo on receiving the Canadian Academy for Geriatric Psychiatry Resident Award for her research project. Dr. Thoo is spearheading a provincial health promotions effort to raise clinicians' awareness and use of the Fountain of Health Initiative information. Together, Dr. MacNeil and Dr. Thoo aim to present this educational project at the CAGP conference in Toronto this fall. For more information about the Fountain of Health initiative, see

    In personal news among our physicians on our team, congratulations are extended to Dr. Bosma on his wedding last August, to Dr. Hassan on the birth of his baby girl, and to Drs. Murphy and Freer on their pregnancies. Dr. Murphy's baby is due in April and Dr. Freer in May. Our team wishes them both the very best during their maternity leaves.

    Keri-Leigh Cassidy, MD, FRCPC

    Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University Clinical Academic Director, Geriatric Psychiatry/ Seniors' Mental Health Program

    Posted: April 3, 2014

  • 02 Apr 2014 3:29 PM | CAGP (Administrator)
    In preparation for the 2014 CAGP Strategic Planning Meeting, we wished to know what Canadian geriatric psychiatrists felt were the national clinical, educational, research, and policy priorities in late-life mental health. To achieve this aim, we conducted a 21-question mixed-methods paper/online survey of Canadian geriatric psychiatrists. Members of the CAGP board distributed paper copies of the survey to regional geriatric psychiatrists. Meanwhile, Secretariat Central (CAGP’s administrative assistants) collected the data and facilitated the dissemination of the online version of the survey to CAGP members.

    We were very pleased that 109 Canadian geriatric psychiatrists answered our survey (a response rate of approximately 50%, where 10-15% is generally expected from such surveys). In large part, respondents had >10 years of attending staff experience (63.5%), were female (57%), were from Quebec (26%) or Ontario (43.5%), were from academic centres (>85%), and were current CAGP members (88%).

    The main clinical priority was to have easy-to-access clinical guidelines, journals, and textbooks on the CAGP website. Educational priorities were to continue having the CAGP annual scientific meeting, as well as continuing the review course and online study groups. From a research perspective, respondents primarily wanted continued oral presentations at the annual scientific meeting. The most important advocacy activity was national and provincial lobbying for additional funding for late-life mental health care infrastructure (e.g., specialized units, additional non-psychiatrist team members). 70.4% of respondents had written or were planning to write the geriatric psychiatry FRCPC exam.

    A full report of the methods and findings of this survey will be available in Fall 2014. In the full report, the top-3 priorities for clinical, educational, research and advocacy activities will be presented, as well as province-specific priorities and analyses examining psychiatrists’ interest in writing the geriatric psychiatry FRCPC examination. We would like to thank the CAGP board, Secretariat Central, and all the respondents for making this survey possible!

    Soham Rej, MD
    CAGP Board

    Posted: April 3, 2014 

  • 03 Dec 2013 2:16 PM | Deleted user

    Marie-Andrée Bruneau, MD, MSc, FRCPC
    Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal

    This has been a very active and exciting year for the University of Montreal (UdeM)i in the field of geriatric psychiatry. In fact, a few days ago, the University Committee submitted the province’s first request for the official designation of its Geriatric Psychiatry Program by the Royal College of Canada. If the answer is positive, we hope to begin the training of many future French geriatric psychiatrists. We are very proud of our program and of its comprehensive and diversified selection of courses, thanks to a highly dedicated and committed academic team. However, the issue of funding the program has not been resolved given the very restrictive allocations regarding academic positions in Quebec. As in other provinces, it is necessary to demonstrate to our health authorities the particular needs of our senior populations in Canada.

    Certain UdeM members therefore participated in different departmental committees to demonstrate the key issues involved in providing medical services and care for seniors. We collaborated in the round table discussions regarding the implementation of an Alzheimer Plan at the cognitive level, as well as for the Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). The Department of Health and Social Services (MSSS)ii has approved certain UdeM geriatric psychiatry projects. Training programs and programs for the development of clinical and training tools will also be included. We have also participated in the consultation sessions of the Quebec Health Commissioneriii regarding its 1914 report that will be focussed on seniors. In addition, we were directly involved in the Seniors Mental Health Day organized for the first time this year by the MSSS. We also actively participated in the Scientific Committee to revise the offer of services by Quebec’s long-term care facilities (CHSLD)iv and implemented recommendations of the BPSD guidelines. The UdeM Geriatric Psychiatrists also worked actively in the development of telehealth consultation and training programs. We are seeing changes and new developments in the field of geriatric psychiatry, as well as a growing concern regarding seniors’ mental health.

    At the moment of writing this update, most geriatric psychiatrists are studying for the inaugural September 26 Royal College Exam in Geriatric Psychiatry. We hope all of us and all our colleagues across Canada will succeed in this historic exam.

    i Université de Montréal

    ii Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux  (Québec)

    iii Commissaire à la santé et au bien-être du Québec

    iv Centre d’hébergement et de soins de longue durée (CHSLD)

  • 29 Nov 2013 12:28 PM | Deleted user

    The December edition of the Canadian Geriatrics Journal has just been published. Please see the link at We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest. Please also consider the Canadian Geriatrics Journal, now indexed at Pubmed, when contemplating manuscript submissions.

    Mark Rapoport, MD, FRCPC

    Canadian Geriatrics Journal
    Vol 16, No 4 (2013)
    Table of Contents

    Abstracts from the Canadian Consensus Conference on Dementia (146) Ken Madden

    Original Research
    The Value of Admission Clinical Data for Diagnosing Heart Failure in Long-term Care (147-155) George A. Heckman, Andrea D. Foebel, Joel A. Dubin,  Jennifer Ng, Irene D. Turpie, Patricia Hussack, Robert S. McKelvie

    The Role of Support Services in Promoting Social Inclusion for the Disadvantaged Urban-dwelling Elderly (156-179) Vicky P.K.H. Nguyen,    Feroz Sarkari,  Kate MacNeil,   Laura Cowan,    Joyce Rankin

    Responsiveness of the QUALID to Improved Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (180-185) Hadas Benhabib, Krista L. Lanctôt, Goran M. Eryavec,  Abby Li, Nathan Herrmann

    Hypovitaminosis D in Delirium: a Retrospective Cross-sectional Study (186-191) Jennifer Ford,  Ana Hategan, James A. Bourgeois, Daniel K. Tisi, Glen L. Xiong

    Geriatric Medicine Leadership of Health Care Transformation: To Be or Not To Be? (192-195) George A. Heckman, Frank J. Molnar, Linda Lee

    Oral Presentations from the 7th Canadian Conference on Dementia (CCD) held in Vancouver, October 2013 (196-199) Various Authors

    Poster Presentations from the 7th Canadian Conference on Dementia (CCD) held in Vancouver, October 2013 (200-228)

    The latest issue of the Canadian Geriatrics Journal is now available online. This issue begins with an editorial by Ken Madden entitled, What is the best way to care for frail older adults?  Also featured in this issue are:

    • Original Research on Acceptance of Disability and the Risk of Frailty; Improving the Quality of Care for Older Adults Using Evidence-Informed Clinical Care Pathways; and Medical Problems Referred to a Care for the Elderly Physician: Insight for Future Geriatrics CME.

    • Systematic Reviews/Meta-analysis on Systematic review of evidence for Trails B cut-off scores in assessing fitness-to-drive

    • Book Review on Chronic Medical Disease and Cognitive Aging: Toward a Healthy Body and Brain

    • Corrigendum: The Practice of Geriatrics: Specialized Geriatric Programs and Home Visits

    Canadian Geriatrics Journal: Vol 16, No 3 (2013)

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

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