Webinar recording: Getting good sleep: Sleep and mental health in later life

About the webinar

Sleep is important for health, and it often changes as we age. These changes can affect quality of life and contribute to mental health problems.

This webinar looked at the science and treatment of sleep problems, including:

Live event date: Wednesday, September 27
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Who should attend this webinar?

This webinar will be of interest to people working providing care to older adults in health care or social service settings in Ontario. The webinar is also open to older adults and others interested in the topic.

About the presenters

Dr. Chris Kitamura is a staff geriatric psychiatrist at Baycrest Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, at the University of Toronto. He is a Board Member of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry and Co-Chair of the Communications Committee, a member of the University of Toronto Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Program Committee and Chair of the Evaluation Subcommittee. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the International Geriatric Mental Health Network (I-GeMH). His academic interests include sleep disorders, late-life addictions, and optimal medication use in older adults. He is a passionate educator and recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Department of Psychiatry Robin Hunter Postgraduate Teaching Award and the Baycrest New and Emerging Teacher Award.

Dr. Wai Haung (Ho) Yu is an Independent Scientist in the Brain Health Imaging Centre and the Adult Neurodevelopment and Geriatric Psychiatry Division at CAMH. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Toronto. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto in Pharmacology and did a post-doctorate fellowship at New York University and the Nathan Kline Institute on a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship on work identifying how protein clearance is disrupted in Alzheimer's disease. At Columbia University, Dr. Yu's lab examined protein clearance mechanisms in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and tauopathies, with one program resulting in the formation of a biotech company. His work has been funded by many organizations including the NIH, ADDF, Alzheimer Association, and other translational funding mechanisms. He was recruited to CAMH to continue work on understanding how risk factors (sleep, cardiovascular disease and depression) impact brain health and to identify genetic and lived experience risk and protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease in the Asian population. This work is supported by the CAMH Discovery Fund, NIH and Canadian Foundation for Innovation.

About the host

The Understanding Mental Health and Well-Being in Later Life project is led by the Provincial System Support Program at CAMH. The project aims to raise awareness about mental health and substance use issues and to share resources with older adults and service providers. To reach the project team, please email olderadults@camh.ca.

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