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Mental health matters: depression and anxiety in older adults


Mental health issues impose an enormous disease burden on societies across the world with depression alone affecting 350 million people globally.  It is estimated that one in ten Canadian adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives. For seniors in assisted living facilities, the rate of anxiety and depression increases significantly. The social stigma around mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community.  

Join us as Michael Landsberg, host of TSN’s Off The Record and well-known mental health advocate, and Dr. Doug Oliver, a family physician with a passion for supporting the physical and mental health of older adults, engage in an open discussion on depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges facing older adults.

Mental Health Matters: Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults
When: Wednesday, June 8, 2015. 6:30 - 8 p.m. EDT
Where: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON
>> 5:45 p.m. Refreshments and info session 

All are welcome to attend this free public event, which will include an opportunity for audience questions. No registration required. The venue is accessible, however if you require any specific accommodations to attend please contact us at

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This public talk is organized by the McMaster Health Forum and is supported by the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.

This talk is part of a series of Forum-led optimal aging events.

View the event poster.

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