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Message from the Director - Bonnie Schroeder

Looking forward to a productive 2014!

Bonnie SchroederIt is my pleasure to introduce myself as the new Project Director. I would also like to thank Kim Wilson for her wonderful support through the transition. Before joining CCSMH, I was with VON Canada for 12 1/2 years and for the last 5 as the National Director of Caregiving. I look forward to working with you and all CCSMH partners to promote the high-quality tools and resources developed for practitioners, seniors and caregivers.

Since joining CCSMH in September 2013, I have been busy working with the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry to host the Joint Conference this September 9-10 in Toronto. Check out the Call for Abstracts for more details. I have also been working with the media to raise awareness of seniors' mental health issues in Canada. Check out the news coverage over the last few months.

Our partners have also been busy. Read up on the benefits of early diagnosis of dementia from the Alzheimer Society of Canada and new Mental Health Commission of Canada Collaborative Space.

All the best,

Bonnie Schroeder

CCSMH and CAGP look forward to welcoming you to Toronto September 9th & 10th, for the 2014 joint conference: Innovations in Senior's Mental Health Care: Insights from the Frontiers of Research and Service Delivery.  Abstract submission for concurrent oral paper presentations, symposia, workshops and posters is open!
Concurrent oral paper presentations will be approximately 20 minutes (including questions). Submissions for a symposium presentation should include several presentations /speakers around a theme.  Workshops must be highly interactive, lively and informative with a significant opportunity for audience participation.  Symposia and workshops will be assigned a 50 or 60 min time-slot.
  • Abstract submissions are due Monday March 24th, 2014 at 4:00 pm EDT
  • Please use the abstract submission form and email to:
  • Please type "Abstract Submission 2014" in the subject line
  • Confirmation of receipt of Abstract will be sent via return email within 24-48 hours (M-F, 9-5pm EDT). If you do not receive confirmation please contact
  • Please include the title, and three learning objectives and abstract text of no more than 250 words. Learning objectives must indicate what the participants will learn from the presentation in terms of knowledge, skills or attitudes.
  • Please include the name, credentials, affiliation, address, fax and email address of all presenters.
  • In keeping with the principles of Maintenance of Certification (MOC), a minimum of 25% for the total workshop or symposium time must be allotted for discussion.
  • The Program Committee's decision regarding your submission will be sent in April 2014.
  • Presentation will be made in the language in which the abstract is submitted (English or French).
  • All applicants are responsible for their own travel costs to attend the conference, and must register for the conference.
To download the abstract submission form, please click here: ABSTRACT FORM.
If you are having trouble accessing this link, please visit our website:

Partnership with Caversham Booksellers!

A reminder that all resources and tools from the CCSMH can now be ordered from Caversham Booksellers.  Place orders online with secure payment processing and quick turnaround times through their online bookstore.   The CCSMH office will no longer be managing any orders.  As always, our materials remain available on our website and can be downloaded and printed for free.

Seniors' Mental Health Issues in the News

CANADA AM, January 28, 2014 - Mental Health and the Elderly: Close to half of Canadian seniors living in nursing and retirement homes are suffering from depression. And the highest age group at risk for suicide include men between the ages of 85-89. Hosts Beverly Thomson and Marci Ien sit down with clinical psychologist and Western University Professor Dr. Marnin Heisel, one of Canada's leading experts on mental health and the elderly, along with Evelyn Burns-Weinrub, an 80-year-old woman who tried to take her own life two years ago but now volunteers to help other seniors, and Kirsten Mueller, a social worker whose elderly father killed her mother and then himself.

The Current ,CBC Radio, November 5, 2013 - Why elderly men have the highest suicide rate in Canada: A double suicide in Toronto last week is not only disturbing, it's thrown a light on an equally disturbing trend. Elderly men have the highest suicide rate in Canada - by far. We find out why, and what might be done about it.

Early Diagnosis

Did you know that up to 50 percent of Canadians with dementia aren’t diagnosed early enough? For many, this means losing precious time at a point when care and support can make a tremendous difference in quality of life for both the person with dementia and their family.

But if you have been experiencing the symptoms, talking to your doctor could keep your life from unravelling. Getting a timely diagnosis can mean: 
  • access to information, resources and support through the Alzheimer Society that can help people with dementia to focus on their abilities and stay independent in their homes and communities for longer
  • access to medications that, while not effective for everyone, have the greatest impact when they are taken early
  • an opportunity to plan ahead and to explain the changes happening in their life to family and friends.
  • 74% of Canadians know someone with dementia and as our population ages more and more Canadians will continue to develop the disease. While the news can be devastating, early diagnosis brings relief to families, gives control over the situation and adds more years of living active and fulfilling lives.
Visit today for more information, including printable checklists and tip sheets on:

Le diagnostic précoce

Saviez-vous que jusqu’à 50% des Canadiens atteints de la maladie d’Alzheimer ne reçoivent pas de diagnostic assez rapidement? Ils perdent ainsi un temps précieux à un moment où les soins et les services de soutien pourraient améliorer de beaucoup leur qualité de vie et celle de leur famille.Si vous ressentez des symptômes inquiétants, parlez-en à votre médecin. Le diagnostic précoce peut améliorer votre qualité de vie, malgré la maladie, en vous donnant :
  • l’accès à l’information, aux ressources et aux services de soutien de la Société Alzheimer, pour vous aider à mettre l’accent sur vos capacités et rester plus longtemps à la maison et dans votre collectivité.
  • l’accès aux médicaments appropriés. Même s’ils ne sont pas efficaces pour tout le monde, ils agissent mieux au début de la maladie chez certaines personnes.
  • ll’occasion de bien planifier pour l’avenir et d’expliquer à votre famille et à vos amis les changements qui se produisent dans votre vie.
  • 74% des Canadiens connaissent quelqu’un atteint de l’Alzheimer ou d’une maladie apparentée. En raison du vieillissement de la population, de plus en plus de personnes risquent de développer la maladie d’Alzheimer. Même si le diagnostic précoce cause un choc terrible, il permet à la famille et à la personne atteinte de faire le point sur la situation et de prendre les mesures nécessaires pour continuer à mener une vie active et bien remplie pendant de nombreuses années.

Vous trouverez de plus amples renseignements sur, y compris des listes de contrôle et des fiches-conseils imprimables :

COLLABORATIVE SPACES is an online repository and conversation place for mental health in Canada. Share mental health information with others and learn from others as they post. The more you contribute, the more robust a resource it will be!
  • Share interesting articles or research about mental health
  • Link to videos on mental health and wellbeing
  • Raise questions about mental health
  • Connect with others concerned about mental health in Canada
  • Participate in the online calendar of events (view and/or submit events your organization is putting on)
You can simply jump into our COLLABORATIVE SPACES by signing up for an account and going directly to the spaces.
La PLATEFORME DE COLLABORATION en ligne est un espace d’échange et un référentiel en ligne portant sur la santé mentale au Canada. Discutez de santé mentale avec les utilisateurs et publiez vos impressions en ligne. Plus vous contribuerez, plus cet outil gagnera en robustesse!
  • Partagez des écrits ou des articles de recherche intéressants au sujet de la santé mentale
  • Publiez des liens vers des capsules vidéo sur la santé mentale et le bien-être
  • Posez des questions sur la santé mentale
  • Conversez avec des personnes qui s’intéressent à la santé mentale au Canada
  • Consultez ou alimentez le calendrier des événements organisés par les organismes et entreprises
Vous pouvez accéder directement à cet outil ou obtenir un compte utilisateur au préalable.
Copyright © 2014 Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health, All rights reserved.

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