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The University of Manitoba’s Centre on Aging will host their 36th Annual Spring Research Symposium

28 Feb 2019 9:03 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

University of MB - 36th Annual Spring Symposium

When: May 6, 2019 | 8:45 am–4:00 pm
Where: 727 McDermot Avenue | Bannatyne Campus (Registration in Brodie Centre), University of Manitoba | Winnipeg MB


The Research Symposium is free to attend and is open to all. Pre-registration is requested by April 26, 2019. Additional presentation and registration details are available on our Symposium Webpage: 

Of interest to Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry (CAGP) and the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health (CCSMH) members are presentations from Dr. Debbie Kelly and Dr. Kristin Reynolds, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba.

Presenting during the morning concurrent session of the Symposium will be Debbie Kelly, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Cognition, Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts who will discuss Comparative Studies of Spatial Cognition: What can birds tell us about aging?

Presentation abstract

Orientation is the first step involved in navigation. Successful orientation allows us to establish our position within an environment, but failure to orient may leave us lost even within familiar places. Dr. Kelly’s research compares the spatial abilities of humans and birds across the lifespan to understand how aging affects orientation. This presentation will discuss current research studies showing similarities in age-related changes for the use of visual-based spatial cues by birds and humans.


If you can’t make it in person, we will stream our afternoon plenary session live online. There is no cost to view the session. Visit our facebook page to stay up-to-date about viewing the session:

Kristin Reynolds, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts will present The development and pilot evaluation of an information decision-aid for late-life depression

Presentation abstract

Population-based data from Canada and the United States indicates that between 3–7% of older adults ages 55 years and older meet diagnostic criteria for any past-year mood disorder. Despite the existence of effective, evidence-based treatment approaches, approximately 70% of older adults with mood and anxiety disorders do not use professional mental health services. Though many barriers to mental health service use have been identified, there is growing support that poor mental health literacy, defined as “knowledge and beliefs about mental disorders, their recognition, management, or prevention,” poses significant barriers to service use among older adults (Jorm et al., 1997, p.182). One tool that has been shown to facilitate knowledge exchange and participation in health care decision-making is the information decision-aid (IDA), which presents information about a problem, assessment methods, and treatment options. Research by Dr. Reynolds, collaborators (Drs. John Walker and Lesley Koven), and research assistants in the Health Information Exchange Lab, funded by the University of Manitoba Centre on Aging, sought to develop and complete a pilot-evaluation of an IDA focused on late-life depression. Throughout this plenary session, Dr. Reynolds will discuss the background research that led to this project, the components of the IDA, and the evaluative feedback from stakeholder groups. She will also review implications of the IDA, paying particular attention to the utility of the IDA in community and health care settings.

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