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  • 27 Jul 2016 4:55 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Employment and Social Development Canada has developed a series of videos on Caregiving and Dementia. This series highlights the personal experiences of family caregivers and the importance of their social connections. Dr. Joel Sadavoy was profiled. To view the video series, please visit:

  • 27 Jul 2016 4:55 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    There have been many new developments since our last newsletter contribution in the spring of 2015.

    Our team continues to collaborate with various stakeholders in the community. Brenda Wakeham (Community Mental Health Nurse) and Dr. Khalid Jat recently participated in the Schizophrenia Society of NL Symposium on seniors in aging as key note speakers and panelists. A Continuing Professional Development session for local family doctors was also offered this spring by Dr. Mehrul Hasnain, our division head. We are also excited to welcome our first “Care of the Elderly” PGY 3 residents in the upcoming academic year. Dr. Roger Butler has designed this new six month family practice fellowship. We hope to develop a strong, local core of interested family doctors who are dedicated to working with the elderly in the community. As of this update, there are no Royal College certified Geriatric Medicine specialists in our province. We hope that this situation will change in the near future.

    On a community level, our new long-term care facility which opened in September of 2014 has been renamed “Pleasant View Towers”. Our team continues to work in a collaborative relationship with the nurses, doctors and staff who work there.

    And finally, our team continues to evolve. Dr. Robert Mercer joined our team after Dr. Isabel Martins’ retirement last year. We are fortunate to have him. Dr. Susan Dalton had a beautiful baby girl in October, 2015 and is currently on maternity leave. Dr. Mehrul Hasnain has resigned from his position. We wish him the best of luck and continued success in all of his endeavors. We also thank him for his leadership and devotion as division head.

    And finally, two residents were recipients of the second annual “Dr. Howard Strong Memorial Award” at our Psychiatry Resident Research Day in June, 2015. Drs. Katie Barnes-Prior and Erica Edison both demonstrated outstanding compassion, skill and empathy during their rotations with us. We were honored to select two residents who embodied the traits which made Dr. Strong such a special consultant, mentor and colleague.

    Submitted by: Dr. Catherine Hickey

  • 27 Jul 2016 4:53 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    In news from our region, the annual Atlantic Provinces Psychiatric Association meeting was held in Saint John New Brunswick on June 9th to 11th for psychiatrists from our four Atlantic Provinces. The keynote speaker was world renowned geriatric psychiatrist and past president of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Dilip V. Jeste.  Dr. Jeste spoke about Positive Psychiatry of Aging, a new branch of our field that he is leading to promote the science of healthy aging, mental wellness and resilience. These are areas of significant need for development in the context of a growing senior population and a system currently focused on pathological aging. Dr. Jeste will also be the keynote speaker at the upcoming CAGP Annual Scientific Meeting this fall to discuss this important paradigm shift.

    The Atlantic Seniors Mental Health Network (ASMHN), established in 2010, joined forces this past year with the Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health (CCSMH), the Seniors Health Network (SHN), Baycrest’s Geriatric Mental Health Program (GEMH) and Geriatric Mental Health Interprovincial Education Program (GeMIE) to form a larger network for active Continuing Professional Development in Atlantic Canada. Our regional physician representatives are: Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy (Chair, Nova Scotia, GEMIE), Dr. Sarah Thompson (New Brunswick), Dr. Yomi Otusajo (Prince Edward Island) and Dr. Catherine Hickey (Newfoundland), and Dr. Cindy Grief (Baycrest, GeMH, GeMIE). Drs. Grief and Cassidy will be presenting on this GEMIE collaboration at the upcoming CAGP ASM—come to the workshop to offer your input and ideas to expand this exciting CPD program into other regions.

    The Dalhousie Geriatric Psychiatry Program focused on several major projects over the last year including:

    1) Fountain of Health Initiative for Optimal Aging,

    2) Dalhousie Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Program, and

    3) Royal College subspecialty Training Program.

    1) Fountain of Health Initiative for Optimal Aging

    In terms of the Fountain of Health Initiative for Optimal Aging, this national seniors’ mental health promotion initiative was developed at Dalhousie University to provide evidence-based information on healthy aging, and health change behavior tools for use by the public, and by clinicians. The five key areas of healthy aging include: social activity, positive attitudes towards aging, physical activity, taking care of one’s mental health and lifelong learning.  Please visit for more information or to try the clinician tools including the Clinician’s Guide (see Of note, Dr. Beverley Cassidy presented on the Fountain of Health Initiative at the International Psychogeriatric Association conference in Berlin, Germany, and Dalhousie psychiatry resident Dr. Vanessa Thoo published a peer-reviewed paper, “The Fountain of Health: Bringing Seniors’ Mental Health Promotion into Clinical Practice” in the Canadian Geriatrics Journal (CGJ vol. 18 no. 4 pp.217-224). Dr. Thoo also received a CAGP Resident Research Award last year, and since completed subspecialty training at the University of Toronto…

    To read the full report, please click here!

    Submitted by: Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy

  • 27 Jul 2016 4:52 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    On May 6, twenty partners of CAGP and CCSMH gather to develop a bold plan to work together to address the growing physical and mental health needs of seniors. Our aging population is already impacting on Canada’s health care system as well as our ability to maintain our physical, mental, social and economic well-being. This significant demographic shift demands a bold plan for a range of physical and mental health services for seniors at home, in the community and in long-term care settings.

    Dr. Kiran Rabheru set the tone for the forum articulating that being “Bold for the Old” is about a fundamental shift in our attitudes towards ageing. He asked if a multi-sectoral partnership approach can transform the current reality of so many Canadians suffering from chronic health conditions, frailty, dementia/cognitive impairments and mental illness to optimal living as seniors live longer and are more engaged in their own health. He further stated that our vision is to move away from disease based curative models to older person centered systems across the continuum of health and social care by all levels of governments, policy makers, and resources.

    Through a series of interviews, group discussions and small group exercises, participants identified the following three priority goals:

    • To redefine ageing as a positive continuum of life by promoting the benefits of living optimally to the person, family, organization, community and nation.
    • To designated age friendly communities integrate health services and adopt a mental health lens in acting on priorities at the local level. 
    • To secure resources and sustainable funding to ensure the mental health, resilience and quality of life of seniors.

    For more information on the forum and the suggested actions plans for these goals, check out the Proceedings, please click here!

    Stay tuned for further action CAGP will take in collaboration with its partners to work together on these bold plans.

    Submitted by: Bonnie Schroeder

  • 13 Jul 2016 2:44 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    From symposia on Advances in pharmacotherapy of treatment-resistant depression in older adults and Advances in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of dementia to workshops on Choosing Wisely and the role of health care professionals in addressing dementia and stigma, this year’s CPA Annual Conference has strong dementia/geriatric content.  The Conference takes place at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, September 22-24, and is preceded by pre-conference courses on the Wednesday.  The following is a complete list of the dementia/geriatric sessions planned:


    C10 - Law and Geriatric Psychiatry: A Practical Exploration of Legal Issues Pertaining to the Care of Geriatric Patients

    S02 - Practical Aspects of Managing Behavioural Disturbance of Older Adults Admitted to an Acute Care Hospital

    S07 - Innovating and Supporting Dementia Care Across the Setting Continuum

    S12 - Advances in Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Dementia

    S18 - Health Quality Ontario’s Quality Standards for Major Depression, Schizophrenia, and Dementia with Agitation and Aggression: Guiding Evidence-Based, High-Quality Care

    S21 - Advances in the Pharmacotherapy of Treatment-Resistant Depression in Older Adults

    W05 - Providing Psychiatric Care to Older Adults: A Case-Based Workshop

    W15 - Dementia, Stigma, and Our Role as Health Care Professionals

    W36 - 13 Things Physicians and Patients Should Question: Choosing Wisely for Mental Health in Canada

    W51 - Dementia Care: A Framework to Identify and Support Caregivers at Risk


    Read the session abstracts and add them to your calendar:

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    Register online for the conference:

  • 20 Apr 2016 2:11 PM | CAGP (Administrator)
    The CAGP was invited to appear before the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Marie-France Rivard for agreeing to represent the CAGP. Please click here if you would like to read the full report.
  • 15 Apr 2016 4:33 PM | CAGP (Administrator)
    CAGP Newsletter Update from Quebec (Une version française suivra.)

    The organization of health care in Quebec is currently in constant upheaval and, through these changes, geriatric psychiatrists want to ensure our elderly patients receive optimal care.

    Law #10: An Act to amend the organization and governance of health and social services, such as the abolition of regional health agencies, which led to the creation of large merged institutions with two hierarchical levels and which gave broader powers to the Minister of Health and Social Services.

    Laws #20 and #30: An Act to promote access to family health services and specialized medicine, and other legislative provisions relating to assisted procreation, and an Act concerning the social affairs sector that amends the Act of negotiation of the collective agreements in the public and parapublic sectors, which have sparked intense debates.

    Law #52: An Act concerning end-of-life care, which aims to ensure major-capable end-of-life patients receive healthcare that respects their dignity and autonomy. In December 2015, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Government of Quebec and reversed a decision of the Superior Court at the start of the month. The first cases of physician-assisted death have already taken place in Quebec, and programs to train staff and inform the general public are underway.

    Finally, after considering recommendations from the Quebec Action Plan for Alzheimer's Disease, government funding and deployment of the Plan was launched. The targeted establishment of memory clinics ensures rapid access to assessment and management of the disease provided within family doctors groups and in partnership with the second and third line of care. In addition, Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia teams, psychosocial resources, care programs, home care, optimal length of stay and optimal transitions have been established and improved.

    Academic news:

    Congratulations to the first two candidates of our geriatric psychiatry subspecialty program at the University of Montreal who are graduating in 2016! The program offers a subspecialty in geriatric psychiatry enriched in Quebec with the approval of two new subspecialty programs for geriatric psychiatry in July 2016: McGill University (English) in Montreal and Laval University (French) in Quebec City along with the existing program at the University of Montreal (French).

    Upcoming scientific event in Quebec:

    3rd Quebec Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Illnesses from November 2 to 4, 2016 in Sherbrooke.


    A special issue of the scientific journal Santé mentale au Québec ( was dedicated to 50 years of the psychiatry department at the University of Montreal, with an article about the rich history of geriatric psychiatry in this department. The issue includes two recent publications from the team of Dr. Richard-Devantoy, whose research interest is in neurobiological markers of suicide in the elderly. To read more about the two publications, please click here!


    L’organisation des soins est présentement en bouleversement au Québec et les gérontopsychiatres veulent s’assurer qu’à travers tous ces changements nos patients âgés reçoivent des soins optimaux.

    D’abord la loi n° 10 : Loi modifiant l’organisation et la gouvernance du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux notamment par l’abolition des agences régionales, et qui a mené à la création d’établissements à mission élargie avec deux niveaux hiérarchiques et avec des pouvoirs élargis pour le ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux.

    Puis les lois n° 20 et 30 : Loi favorisant l’accès aux services de médecine de famille et de médecine spécialisée et modifiant diverses dispositions législatives en matière de procréation assistée et Loi concernant les unités de négociation dans le secteur des affaires sociales et modifiant la Loi sur le régime de négociation des conventions collectives dans les secteurs public et parapublic, qui créent de vifs débats présentement.

    Enfin, la loi n° 52 : Loi concernant les soins de fin de vie, qui a pour but d’assurer aux personnes majeures et aptes en fin de vie des soins respectueux de leur dignité et de leur autonomie. En décembre 2015, la Cour d'appel du Québec donnait raison au gouvernement du Québec, infirmant ainsi une décision de la Cour supérieure, qui l’avait suspendu au début du mois. Les premiers cas d’aide médicale à mourir ont déjà eu lieu et des programmes de formation du personnel et d’information au public sont en cours.

    Enfin, après étude des recommandations du plan d’action québécois pour la maladie d’Alzheimer, le financement ministériel et le déploiement du plan Alzheimer ont pris l’envol. D’abord, avec l’implantation ciblée en 1ère ligne de cliniques de mémoire pour assurer un accès rapide à l’évaluation et à la prise en charge de la maladie, prévues au sein des groupes de médecins de famille et en partenariat avec les deuxième et troisième lignes, puis avec la mise en place ou la bonification d’équipes Symptômes comportementaux et psychologiques de la démence, de ressources psychosociales, de programmes de soins et de services à domicile et des durées de séjour et transitions optimales.

    Côté académique, félicitations à nos deux premières candidates de notre programme de surspécialité de gérontopsychiatrie de l’Université de Montréal qui graduent en 2016! Aussi, l’offre de programme de surspécialité en gérontopsychiatrie s’enrichit au Québec, avec l'approbation de deux nouveaux programmes de surspécialité en gérontopsychiatrie pour juillet 2016 : l’Université McGill (anglophone) à Montréal et l’Université Laval (francophone) à Québec, en plus du programme déjà existant de l’Université de Montréal (francophone).

    Côté événements scientifiques à venir au Québec, le 3e Congrès québécois sur la maladie d'Alzheimer et les maladies apparentées aura lieu du 2 au 4 novembre 2016 à Sherbrooke.

    Côté publications, un numéro spécial de Santé mentale au Québec ( a été consacré aux 50 ans du département de psychiatrie de l’Université de Montréal, avec un article relatant la riche histoire de la gérontopsychiatrie dans ce département et deux publications récentes de l’équipe du Dr Richard-Devantoy dont le pôle d'intérêt est la recherche des marqueurs neurobiologiques du suicide de la personne âgée.

    Pour en lire plus concernant ces deux publications, svp cliquez ici

  • 15 Apr 2016 4:13 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Save the date! The CAGP 25th Annual Scientific Meeting and Update in Geriatric Psychiatry September 29-October 1, 2016

    Update in Geriatric Psychiatry – September 29-30, 2016

    In 2012, the CAGP launched the National Review Course to consolidate knowledge in geriatric psychiatry and increase the confidence of our membership in preparation for the Royal College examination in geriatric psychiatry. In 2015, the National Review Course was held in conjunction with the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Geriatrics Society in Montreal, and the course name was changed to “Update in Geriatric Psychiatry”. For the 2016 CAGP 25th Anniversary Celebration in Quebec City, the Update in Geriatric Psychiatry will take place September 29-30 at the Hotel Pur and take the form of a series of master classes. The classes will be hands-on workshops that allow participants to expand their range of skills in geriatric psychiatry into territories they may not yet be familiar with. As of the date of publication of this e-Newsletter, we have confirmed a full-day workshop on problem-solving therapy for older adults and half-day workshops on advanced psychopharmacology and differential diagnosis of dementia. Other workshops are also being planned. Please stay tuned for more details.

     For more information, please click here.

     CAGP Annual Scientific Meeting – September 30-October 1, 2016

    It is with great excitement that we invite you to join us for the 25th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry in Quebec City from September 30 to October 1, 2016 at the Hotel Pur. The theme for the conference this year is Paradigm Shifts for Research and Clinical Care. The conference will be held immediately following the Update in Geriatric Psychiatry that takes place September 29-30. This year we are excited to be organizing a CAGP 25th anniversary gala dinner and the first CAGP fun run/walk fundraising event!

    The conference will open with remarks from the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) President, 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.

    We are delighted to have Dr. Dilip V. Jeste as our keynote speaker. 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 (UCSD). He is also the Director of the Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research at UCSD, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and the John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Jeste is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and was a member of the National Mental Health Advisory Council and the NIH Council of Councils.  He has been listed in “The Best Doctors in America” and has been on the Institute of Scientific Information list of the “world's most cited authors”-- comprising less than 0.5% percent of all publishing researchers of the previous two decades.

    Other highlights of the conference include a plenary presentation from the scientific director of the CIHR Institute of Aging, Dr. Yves Joanette. Dr. Joanette is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal and a member of the Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec. From 1997 to 2009, he was Director of the Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal. From 2009 until recently, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec as well as Chair of the agency's Board of Directors. 

    The second plenary presentation will be from Dr. Keri Leigh Cassidy. Dr. Cassidy is a nationally-recognized leader in the area of late life psychotherapy, mood and anxiety disorders, and a lecturer at the CAGP National Review Course. In 2010, Dr. Cassidy spearheaded the Fountain of Health” Initiative, a national 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 are also pleased to announce that Dr. Marie-France Rivard will speak during the gala dinner. Dr. Rivard is a founding member of the CAGP and Past President, and a current committee member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She will provide an overview of the history of geriatric psychiatry in Canada and highlight how far we have come. Registration for the conference is scheduled to open in June.

    For more information, please click here.

  • 04 Apr 2016 2:05 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Elder-Clowning in Long-Term Dementia Care: Results of a Pilot Study. Kontos P, Miller KL, Colobong R, Palma Lazgare LI, Binns M, Low LF, Surr C, Naglie G.J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Feb;64(2):347-53. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13941.

    Apathy and Attentional Biases in Alzheimer's Disease.Chau SA, Chung J, Herrmann N, Eizenman M, Lanctôt KL.J Alzheimers Dis. 2016 Feb 17. [Epub ahead of print]
    Participation needs of older adults having disabilities and receiving home care: met needs mainly concern daily activities, while unmet needs mostly involve social activities.Turcotte PL, Larivière N, Desrosiers J, Voyer P, Champoux N, Carbonneau H, Carrier A, Levasseur M. BMC Geriatr. 2015 Aug 1;15:95. doi: 10.1186/s12877-015-0077-1.
    A randomized trial of a depression self-care toolkit with or without lay telephone coaching for primary care patients with chronic physical conditions. McCusker J, Cole MG, Yaffe M, Strumpf E, Sewitch M, Sussman T, Ciampi A, Lavoie K, Platt RW, Belzile E. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2015 May-Jun;37(3):257-65. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2015.03.007. Epub 2015 Mar 18.

  • 19 Jan 2016 11:48 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) is excited to invite you to participate in the 2016 International Congress, taking place September 6-9 in San Francisco, CA. The majority of the Congress events will take place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. IPA has secured a block of hotel rooms at the Hilton at a discounted rate for Congress attendees.

    A few important dates to keep in mind:
    February – Abstract Submission Open
    March – Registration Opens
    March 31 – Abstract Submission Deadline
    July 6 – Early Registration Deadline
    For the most up-to-date Congress information, visit
    We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

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