Want to better understand how the health and social systems work and how you can better advocate for changes that would improve these systems for you and your family? Enhance your knowledge with one of our free courses for citizens:

Finding and using research evidence: A guide for citizens

In this free online course, you’ll be provided with solutions to overcome the most commonly cited frustrations people have when trying to access research evidence. Prepared by the McMaster Health Forum with support from the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit, the course is now available online as a set of eight videos:

Here are helpful resources that are drawn on in the course:

Don’t miss the most important resource for citizen-targeted evidence about healthy aging:

Understanding how to navigate the health system

Knowing how your health system works will better you to navigate the system, identify opportunities to make things better, and advocate for changes that you’d like to see. This free online course describes the 'building blocks' of Ontario’s health system as well as how those building blocks are used to provide care in the province in different ways (e.g., by sector, condition, treatment, population). While Ontario is the example, these principles are useful to understanding health systems other jurisdictions in Canada and internationally.

Prepared by the McMaster Health Forum with support from the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit, the course is now available online as a set of six videos:

Here are helpful resources that are drawn on in the course:

Don’t miss the most important resource for citizen-targeted evidence about healthy aging:

Masterclass on patient-oriented research

The Forum’s masterclass was designed to prepare future champions for the conduct and use of patient-oriented research and future mentors to others becoming involved in the conduct and use of patient-oriented research. While we are not currently planning any Masterclass sessions, you can access all of the course material to learn more about patient-oriented research.

Virtual masterclass on patient-oriented research

The Forum and its collaborators are pleased to be hosting a ‘virtual’ version of the masterclass on the conduct and use of patient-oriented research in Ontario’s health system. All sessions will be conducted online using Webex. Learn more and register.

Mental Health Matters: Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults - public talk

May 16, 2016, 10:55 AM
Title : Mental Health Matters: Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults - public talk
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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 June 8th 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, 2016. 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 mhf@mcmaster.ca

Can’t attend in-person? Join us online via live web stream at https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/live/mental-health-matters

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.

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This talk is part of a series of Forum-led optimal aging events. Past events can be viewed here.
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