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Reprinted from "Seniors' Mental Health" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 15, pp. 45-46

For Seniors and Caregivers

  • Office for the Special Advisor for Women and Seniors Health, Ministry of Health Services: Includes a new information guide for seniors programs and benefits in BC.

  • Government of Canada seniors services web portal:

  • American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry: Geriatrics and Mental Health — The Facts

  • The Care Guide: Category topics include health and wellness, caregiving, legal issues, government resources, financial matters, and finding housing and care.

  • Take Care Handbook for families caring for older adults: TakeCareHandBook.pdf

  • Canada’s Association for the 50+:

  • Alzheimer Society of BC:

  • Alzheimer Society of Canada:

  • Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network: Resources for aging caregivers of people with disabilities including people with mental illness.

  • Medication Info BC: (604) 822-1330 or toll-free in BC: 1-800-668-6233 A free medication information telephone consultation service. Licensed pharmacists provide BC residents with information on side effects of medications, interactions between medications, new drugs, herbs and vitamins, and foreign medications.

  • Seniors Peer Counselling of BC: (604) 859-2767 Helps network senior peer counselling groups in BC. Senior peer counsellors are lay counsellors who have been trained to deal with the special problems of the senior years. Counsellors have undergone an intensive training course following guidelines set by the Ministry of Health Services.

  • Caregivers Association of BC: 1-800-833-1733 Supports, educates, informs, and advocates for unpaid caregivers in BC. Provides information and referral to services and support groups, coordinates and maintains a network of volunteer regional representatives, and works with health- and caregiver- related organizations to share information and resources. Call for an information package.

  • Canada Caregivers Resource Inventory:

  • Canadian Caregiver Coalition:

  • Caregiver Resources:

  • BC Coalition to Eliminate Abuse of Seniors: (604) 437-1940 or [email protected] Provides information, training, community development, and materials regarding abuse and neglect of seniors, and on the legal issues confronting seniors in BC. Promotes seniors’ self-determination and independence. Provides information about adult guardianship legislation. Can provide speakers for groups or workshops.

  • Health Canada. National Advisory Council on Aging’s Expression bulletin. 28 issues on various topics; all online.

    • Dealing with Depression issue (Vol. 13, No. 3) 13-3/exptoce.htm


  • Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of BC: Advocacy group and coalition.

  • Seniors’ Well-Aware Program:

  • NAMI Maryland Aging Caregiver Project: md.nami.lorg/newsami.htm#Aging Resource booklet available for those caring for relatives with mental illness.

  • Health and Age:

For Service Providers

  • BC Psychogeriatric Association:

  • Canadian Association on Gerontology:

  • Centre on Aging, UVIC:

  • Gerontology Research Centre, SFU:

  • Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry:

  • Canadian Association for Community Care:

Other Programs, Web Sites and Papers of Interest
  • Guidelines for Elderly Mental Health Care Planning for Best Practices for Health Authorities

  • Manual Of Geriatric Mental Health Resources:

  • Geropsychiatric Education Program:

  • Health Canada:

    • A Portrait of Dementia in Canada

    • Mental Health and Aging writ10_e.htm

    • Coping and Helping With Alzheimer’s Disease alz-eng.htm


  • Canadian Association on Gerontology: Issues in the Delivery of Mental Health Services to Older Adults

  • Centre on Aging, University of Victoria:

    • Dementia: Caregivers and Stress

    • Health Promotion Strategies for Building Partnerships With Older Persons Who Experience Psychiatric Disabilities health_promotion.pdf


  • Janssen-Ortho Canada: Order by fax: (416) 382-5992, Attn: Community Relations

    • The Challenges of Managing Alzheimer’s Disease (from the Journal of Pharmacotherapeutic Strategies)

    • After the Diagnosis: Supporting Alzheimer’s Patients and their Families (from the journal, Postgraduate Medicine)

    • Dysfunctional Behaviour in Dementia: A Clinician’s Guide. M. O’Donnell, D.W. Molloy & K. Rabheru (Newgrange, 2001)


  • Seniors and Alcohol Issues:

  • Canadian Mental Health Association: Seniors’ Mental Health and Home Care Research Report

  • Geriatrics and Aging: A physician’s guide to the key issues and current trends in geriatric medicine and research. Has sections for mental health, alzheimer’s/dementias and health promotion.

  • MyHealthandAge [professionals area] :

  • Mental Health and Aging Network: A constituent group of the American Society on Aging. Vast publication inventory.


  • Mental Health Practice in Geriatric Health Care Settings. Peter Lichtenberg (Haworth, 1998)

  • Mental Health Care of Elderly People. Ian Norman (ed.) (Churchill Livingstone, 1996)

  • The Elderly with Chronic Mental Illness. Enid Light & Barry Lebowitz (Spring Publishing, 1991)

  • Mental Health and the Elderly: Social Work Perspective. Francis Turner (Simon & Schuster, 1992)

  • Aging and Mental Health. Michael Smyer & Sarah Qualls (Blackwell, 1999)

  • Mental Disorders in Older Adults: Fundamentals of Assessment and Treatment. Steven Zarit & Judy Zarit (Guilford, 1998)

  • Psychological Problems of Ageing: Assessment, Treatment and Care. Robert Woods (ed.) (Wiley, 1999)

  • Aging and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Paul Ruskin & John Talbott (eds.) (American Psychiatric Press, 1996)

  • The Delicate Balance: Case Studies in Counseling and Care Management for Older Adults. Berit Ingersoll-Dayton & Ruth Campbell (Health Professions Press, 2001)

  • Depression in Late Life. Dan Blazer (Springer, 2002)

  • Comorbid Depression in Older People. Cornelius Katona & Gill Livingstone (Martin Dunitz, 1997)

  • Suicide and Depression in Late Life: Critical Issues in Treatment, Research, and Public Policy. Gary Kennedy (ed.) (Wiley, 1996)

  • Mental Health Issues & Aging: Building on the Strengths of Older Persons. Carolyn Tice & Kathleen Perkins (Brooks/Cole, 1996)

  • Journal of Mental Health and Aging

  • Elsie’s Silent Cries: A True Life Experience Coping with Alzheimer’s. Barbara Copeman-High (Copeman-High, 2000)

  • Alzheimer’s and dementia books, manuals and videos: or your local Alzheimer’s Society resource centre.

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