2017: 26th Annual John K. Friesen Conference & 20th British Columbia Psychogeriatric Association Conference"Promoting mental health in later life: mobilizing knowledge into practice"

May 18-19, 2017
Segal Centre, SFU Vancouver Campus, 515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

In making the case that national guidelines were needed for seniors' mental health, Conn et al (2006) estimated that at any point in time in Canada 20% of persons aged 65 and over are living with mental illness.  While this proportion is not different from that of the general population, prevalence rates are higher in care facilities where up to 90% have been reported to live with some form of mental illness and/or cognitive impairment.

Mental illness is not a normal consequence of aging.  Seniors were cordially invited to join us to learn about signs and symptoms to pay attention to and seek help with. Ways that mental health issues in long-term care facilities can be managed so as to provide the highest quality of life for residents and their carers will also be a major focus of the conferences.

Program  ||  Speaker Bios  ||  Poster Abstracts

 

FRIESEN CONFERENCE DAY 1 - MAY 18, 2017

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

Andrew Wister, Director, SFU-GRC

Shannon Freeman, Co-President BCGPA

 

Keynote ADDRESS

“Emerging Trends and Opportunities in Geriatric Mental Health”

Kiran Rabheru – Co-Chair, Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health powerpoint

 

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SYMPOSIUM 1: HOUSING CHALLENGES AND MENTAL HEALTH

Chair: Jacqui Mendes, Director of Operations BC Non-Profit Housing Association

“HOUSING INSECURITY: A GROWING PROBLEM FOR SENIORS”

Tish Lakes, Executive Director, Okanagan Advocacy and Resource Society powerpoint

“SUPPLY-SIDE FACTS AND FIGURES: FINDINGS FROM CMHC'S ANNUAL SENIORS HOUSING (ASSISTED LIVING) SURVEY”

Eric Bond, Senior Market Analyst, CMHC  powerpoint


“Canada’s National Housing Strategy and Examples of Innovative Housing for Seniors”

Elizabeth Tang, Knowledge Transfer Consultant, Knowledge Transfer and Outreach Division, BC Business Centre, CMHC powerpoint

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Symposium 2: Pets and Mental Health for Seniors

Chair:  Dan Levitt, Executive Director Tabor Village, Abbotsford, BC, Adjunct Professor, SFU Gerontology & Board Member, Global Aging Network (formerly IAHSA)

“A Glance at Pets in Residential Care”

Kathy Nduwayo, Site Leader/Director of Care, Cartier Care Centre, Park Place Seniors Living, Coquitlam, BC powerpoint

“Carving out a Place for Pets in the Age-friendly Agenda: Findings from a Mixed Methods Case Study”

Ann Toohey, Doctoral Candidate, Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary powerpoint

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Symposium 3 - Substance Use in Later Life

Chair: Sarah Canham, Research Associate SFU GRC & Convener, Aging, Alcohol and Addictions Interest Group, Gerontological Society of America

 

 

 

Mental Health First Aid for Seniors: A New Program to Support Seniors

Chair: Anthony Kupferschmidt, Co-President BCPGA

Louise Holland, Manager Specialized Services, Northern Health  powerpoint

Michael Krauz, UBC Leading Edge Endowment Funds Chair for Addiction Research powerpoint

Marilyn White-Campbell, Geriatric Addictions Specialist for the CAMH Geriatric Mental Health Outreach Team, Toronto powerpoint 

 

Mireille Cyr-Hansen, Mental Health Commission of Canada powerpoint 

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SYMPOSIUM 4 - STRENGTHENING THE CAREGIVER COMMUNITY: PROMOTING AND SUPPORTING THE MENTAL HEALTH OF OUR CAREGIVERS

Chair:Kim Duffus, Island Community Mental Health

Pam Lewis, Director, Program Development, Island Community Mental Health powerpoint

Jodie McDonald, Executive Director, Cowichan Family Caregivers Support Society powerpoint

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Symposium 5– Addressing Loneliness and Social Isolation

Chair: Andrew Wister, Director, Gerontology Research Centre SFU & Chair, National Seniors Council

“From “It Gets Me Out of the House” to “Such a Wondrous Thing”: Learning at 55+ as an Antidote to Loneliness”

Mark Smith, Coordinator, Liberal Arts & 55+ Program, Continuing Studies SFU powerpoint 

“Enhancing Older Adult Social Engagement Through Digital Games: What Have We Learned?”

David Kaufman, Professor, Faculty of Education, SFU powerpoint 

“It’s Given Me a New Life” - Residents Helping Residents Live Purposeful Lives.”

Kristine Theurer, Founder and President, Java Group of Programs, Inc. powerpoint 

“Winnipeg's Senior Centre Without Walls: A Social and Educational Program Reaching Out to Socially Isolated Older Adults”

Nancy Newall, Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Brandon University & Kristin Reynolds, Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, University of Manitoba  powerpoint

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PUBLIC LECTURE:

The Fountain of Health (FOH)


Kiran Rabheru, MD, CCPP, FRCP, DARPN – Professor of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa, Medical Director Geriatric Psychiatry, Ottawa Hospital, Past-President Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry & Cochair Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health powerpoint

 

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FRIESEN CONFERENCE DAY 2 - MAY 19, 2017

LECTURE A- Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Depression

Chair: Corinne Painter

Lecture B- Improving Sleep Quality for Older Adults

Co-chairs: Sarah Canham & Barry Worsfall, SFU Gerontology

Sanjeet Pakrasi, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Vancouver Island powerpoint

Glenn Landry, Post-doctoral Fellow, Aging Mobility and Cognitive Science Lab, UBC powerpoint

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SYMPOSIUM 6 - HEALTH CARE CONSENT, AGING AND DEMENTIA – WHO DECIDES WHAT?

Chair: Barbara MacLean, Executive Director, Family Caregivers of British Colombia

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Krista James, National Director, Canadian Centre for Elder Law 

Alison Leaney, Provincial Coordinator, Vulnerable Adults Community Response in Services to Adults, Public Guardian and Trustee of BC

Barbara Lindsay, Director of Advocacy and Education, Alzheimer Society of BC 

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SYMPOSIUM 7- CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE: A NECESSARY SKILL FOR OLDER ADULT MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS – CHALLENGES AND LESSONS FROM THE COMMUNITY

Chair: Marissa Stalman, former RN Mount St. Joseph and Holy Family Hospitals & currently a Master’s Student in the SFU Gerontology Department

Joy Masuhara, Physician & Winnie Lau, Psychiatric Case Manager and Central Intake Team, Vancouver Community Older Adult Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Heather McAdie, Geriatric Psychiatry Outreach Nurse, Mount St. Joseph Hospital powerpoint

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SYMPOSIUM 8- TELE-MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Chair: Kathy Steegstra, Senior Provincial Executive Director, Virtual Care, Trauma Services BC & Mobile Medical Unit, Provincial Health Services Authority 

e-mental Health for Healthy Aging: Principles, Practices and Insights

Kendall Ho, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC & Lead, Digital Emergency Medicine powerpoint

Using technology to screen for cognitive impairment or diagnose dementia.

Melinda Martin-Kahn, Post-doctoral Fellow, Centre for Research Excellence in Telehealth, University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia powerpoint

Our Experience in Delivering Tele-Mental Health Services to Seniors in Rural and Remote Communities

Sanjeet Pakrasi, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Victoria, BC & Ila Patel, Social Worker, Complex Seniors Mental Health Team, Nanaimo, BC  powerpoint

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Symposium 9 - Recognizing and Responding Appropriately to Self-Neglect

Chair: Alison Leaney, Provincial Coordinator, Vulnerable Adults Community Response in Services to Adults, Public Guardian and Trustee of BC

 

Mental Health Act vs Adult Guardianship Act?

Amanda Brown, ReACT Adult Protection Program, Vancouver Coastal Health & Heather D’Oyley, Geriatric Psychiatrist and Physician Lead, Vancouver Community Older Adult Mental Health and Substance Use powerpoint
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SYMPOSIUM 10 - Integrate Research and Practice: Speed Up the Spread of P.I.E.C.E.S.TM

MaryLou Harrigan, Project Manager, Provincial Tertiary Mental Health P.I.E.C.E.S TM Project. Anita Wahl, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Residential Care & Lead – Antipsychotic and Polypharmacy Reduction & P.I.E.C.E.S.TM Initiatives, Fraser Health Lillian Hung, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Gerontology and Mental Health, Vancouver Coastal Health powerpoint video

Symposium 11– Promoting Aboriginal Seniors’ Mental Health

Chair: Tina Strudsholm, Research Manager, The Strength Within: Suicide Prevention in Northern BC, Carrier Sekani Family Services & School of Health Sciences, University of Northern BC

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Promoting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Nak’azdli Whut’en Elders 

Jenny Martin, Director & Carrie Nash, Assistant Director, Nak’azdli Health Centre, Prince George, BC Building Relationships between Elders and Youth Through Digital

Storytelling: The Nak’azdli Lha’hutit’en Intergenerational Digital Story Telling Project

Shannon Freeman, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Northern BC & Simone Hausknecht, PhD candidate, Faculty of Education, SFU
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Symposium 12-Educating BC Health Care Workers to Support Individuals with Dementia and Mental Health Disorders

Chair: Sarina Corsi, Senior Consultant, Education Assessment, BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry



The Evolving Role of Health Care Assistants 

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Lara Williams, Consultant, Education Assessment, BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry powerpoint

Provincial Curriculum Requirements in Relation to Dementia and Mental Health Disorders

Santina Milia, Instructor, Health Care Support Worker Program, Douglas College

Supporting New Graduates and Implementing this Education in the Workplace

Anita Wahl, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Residential Care, Fraser Health

 

 

 

Symposium 13 – Recognizing and Responding Appropriately to Self-Neglect Segal Centre

Chair: Sherry Baker, Executive Director, BC Association of Community Response Networks

 

Recognize and Respond to Self-Neglect: ReAct Adult Protection Curriculum

Amanda Brown & So Han Yip, ReACT Adult Protection Program, Vancouver Coastal Health powerpoint

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