Health Care of the Elderly Program Committee
Medical assistance in dying: Joule, a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) subsidiary, offers a foundational course* on end-of-life care, designed to assist physicians with understanding what is involved, how to advise patients and make an informed decision about whether to include assisted dying in their practice
Geri-EM—Personalized E-Learning in Geriatric Emergency Medicine: an e-learning website designed primarily for physicians working in emergency departments who want to provide optimal care to older patients; accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) for 1.5 Mainpro+® certified Self-Learning credits
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*Accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) for 1.5 Mainpro+ certified Self-Learning credits.
Who we are
The Health Care of the Elderly (HCoE) Program Committee, a Section of Communities of Practice in Family Medicine (CPFM), is responsible for discussion and recommendations related to these College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) activities:
- Communications and networking among members involved in Health Care of the Elderly
- Development of CFPC policies and/or positions related to patient care and the practice needs/environment of members involved in Health Care of the Elderly
- Advocacy on behalf of the members involved in the Health Care of the Elderly
- Identification of areas in need of accredited continuing medical education (CME)/continuing professional development (CPD) programs related to Health Care of the Elderly
HCoE Program Committee membership
The HCoE Program Committee has an opportunity to make an impact on physician care of the elderly and academic training. The growing size of Canada’s elderly population and its use of health care services will be one of the major health care challenges of the 21st century.
The HCoE Committee was accepted to the Section of CPFM in October 2009.
Dr. Sidney Feldman, Ontario, Chair
Dr. Mathieu Lafontaine-Godbout, Quebec representative
Dr. Robert Lam, Observer from the Canadian Geriatrics Society, Ontario
Dr. Fred Mather, Long-term Care representative, Ontario
Dr. Huy Nguyen, Atlantic Canada representative (New Brunswick/ Prince Edward Island/Nova Scotia/ Newfoundland and Labrador)
Dr. Nancy Dixon, Saskatchewan/Manitoba Representative
Dr. Jed Shimizu, British Columbia/Alberta representative
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Staff
Dr. Allan Grill, Physician Advisor, MIGS
Supported by Program and Practice Support
Long-term Care Group
Dr. Fred Mather, Ontario
Dr. Larry Barzelai, Long-term Care Medical Directors Association of Canada representative, British Columbia
Dr. Roger Butler, Newfoundland
Dr. Sidney Feldman, HCoE Chair, Ontario
Dr. Lyla Graham, Long-term Care Medical Directors Association of Canada representative, Ontario
Dr. Paddy Quail, Long-term Care Medical Directors Association of Canada representative, Alberta
Dr. Andrew Whynot, Long-term Care Medical Directors Association of Canada representative, Ontario
Contact the Departments of Family Medicine for more information about Care of the Elderly Residency
Contact the HCoE by email at [email protected] for more information or to join the HCoE List Serve, a forum for training, service delivery and research
The Health Care of the Elderly (HCoE) Program Committee provides relevant materials, web resources, papers and clinical practice guidelines to those with an interest in providing health care to the elderly.*
*Disclaimer: Most of the materials on this site have come from external sources. The CFPC is not responsible for the accuracy, or reliability of application of these materials. Users wishing to verify this information should consult directly with the identified sources. The information on this site does not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the CFPC.
HCoE CPFM Committee Clinical Snippets
Driving retirement; March 2017
Defining frailty; August 2016
The Senior Friendly Office; February 2016
Gait and Balance Disorders in the Elderly; November 2015
Are Beta-Blockers untouchable after an MI?; June 2015
Chronic pain and osteoporosis; May 2015
The clinical frailty scale; April 2015
The benefit of membership in the Canadian Geriatric Society; February 2015
Statins in the Nursing Home; October 2014
The Digital Divide; July 2014
The College of Family Physicians of Canada resources
Canadian Family Physician—Care of the Elderly series
Resources for people with dementia: The Alzheimer Society and beyond
Frank C, Feldman S, Schulz M. Canadian Family Physician. December 2011; 57(12):1387-1391.
Office management of gait disorders in the elderly
Lam R. Canadian Family Physician. July 2011; 57: 765-770.
Commentary Care of the Elderly Series: Challenges and achievements in caring for the elderly
Frank C. Canadian Family Physician. November 2010; 56: 1101-1102.
Clinical Review Care of the Elderly Series: Office management of urinary incontinence among older patients
Frank C, Szlanta A. Canadian Family Physician. November 2010; 56:1115-1120.
Health Care of the Elderly online resources
Alzheimer Society Canada Long-term Care: when a person with dementia needs full time support, moving to a long-term care home
Baycrest: geriatric residential living, healthcare, research, innovation and education, with a special focus on brain health and aging
CARP: Canada’s largest advocacy association for older Canadians (formerly the Canadian Association for Retired Persons)
Canadian Geriatrics Society Journal of CME: Providing Continuing Education for Doctors Who Care for Older Patients
Elder Abuse Ontario: network for the prevention of elder abuse
Société québécoise de gériatrie (Quebec Society of Geriatricians)
The Best of Both Worlds: A Palliative Approach in Dementia Care: webinar and related documents
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
The Canadian Cardiovascular Society™ (CCS) Heart Failure Program: evidence-based guidelines with interactive workshops and webinars and practical resources
Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) diagnosis and treatment of dementia articles:
Introduction. Introducing a series based on the Third Canadian Consensus Conference on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia
Chertkow H. CMAJ. January 29, 2008; 178(3)316-321.
Feldman H, Jacova C, Robillard A, Garcia A, Chow T, Borrie M, et al. CMAJ. March 25, 2008; 178 (7) 825-836.
3. Mild cognitive impairment and cognitive impairment without dementia
Chertkow H, Massoud F, Nasreddine Z, Belleville S, Joanette Y, Bocti C, et al. CMAJ. May 06, 2008; 178 (10) 1273-1285.
4. Approach to management of mild to moderate dementia
Hogan D, Bailey P, Black S, Carswell A, Chertkow H, Clarke B, et al. CMAJ. October 07, 2008; 179(8)787-793.
5. Nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapy for mild to moderate dementia
Hogan D, Bailey P, Black S, Carswell A, Chertkow H, Clarke B, et al. CMAJ. November 4, 2008; 179(10)1019-1026.
6. Management of severe Alzheimer disease
Herrmann N, Gauthier S. CMAJ. December 2, 2008; 179(12) 1279-1287.
Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines (formerly The Canadian Diabetes Association)
Clinical practice tools
Dementia Toolkit for Primary Care
Mount Sinai Hospital: Sinai Health System. Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Health Complex. Toronto, ON; 2016.
Regional Geriatric Program of Ontario: The Geriatrics, Inter-professional Practice and Inter-organizational Collaboration (GiiC) Initiative
The Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario. Ottawa, ON; 2018.
National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) Caregiving Tools
NICE Tools Resource Center. Toronto, ON.
Cognitive screening tools
Cognitive Impairment - Recognition, Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care
Guidelines and Protocols and Advisory Committee (GPAC), Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health. BCGuidelines.ca. British Columbia. 2016.
Tool on Depression: Assessment and Treatment for Older Adults
National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE). National Guidelines for Seniors’ Mental Health: the Assessment and Treatment of Depression. www.ccsmh.ca. 2017.
Geriatric Depression Scale (online form)
Ashford W, Sharma A. Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital. 1986.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Toronto, ON. 2018.