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The theme of the meeting is “Building Resilience in Seniors’ Mental Health in Canada.” The future is resilience!

This year’s meeting will be held in Banff, Alberta, at the Rimrock Resort Hotel from October 25 - 26. We hope you are as excited as we are to be heading to Banff—one of Canada’s most popular travel destinations and a spot well known for its beauty and inspiring mountain surroundings. It’s the perfect setting to learn, share and network with our colleagues from across the country!

Halifax set the new standard for our inclusion of social activities, so you can look forward to some more wonderful events that will allow you to enjoy the truly stunning scenery of Banff and the Rocky Mountains! 

We’re thrilled to announce Dr. Helen Lavretsky, Professor of Psychiatry In-Residence at UCLA and Director of the Late-Life Mood, Stress and Wellness Research Program, as this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Lavretsky will be kicking off the meeting with a talk on the neurobiology of resilience in older adults. We are also very excited that Dr. Krista Lanctôt, Senior Scientist in Geriatric Psychiatry at Sunnybrook Research Institute, will be giving a plenary talk on cannabis for BPSD.

We invite you to participate and welcome abstract submissions from across disciplines and across the country. We hope you will join us at the pre-eminent meeting for Seniors’ Mental Health in Canada.

We look forward to seeing you in Banff!


The 2019 ASM Planning Committee

Abstract Submission Guidelines

The learning objectives for the 2019 ASM are to:

  • Identify the importance of resilience in seniors’ mental health and the neurobiological, psychosocial and behavioural factors contributing to resilience.
  • Describe approaches to nurture and build resilience in older adults.
  • Explore the changing landscape of seniors' mental health in Canada.

Information about Abstract Submission

  • We encourage submissions that relate to the title, objectives and themes of the conference, as well as submissions that highlight new or emerging topics or treatments and multidisciplinary contributions. In particular, we are interested in topics such as women’s mental health, and ones with a focus on aboriginal and other marginalized populations.
  • The categories for abstract submissions include poster presentation, oral presentation, workshop, symposium and clinical case presentation.
  • Given that we only have a certain number of spaces available in the program, the 2019 ASM Planning Committee may change the format of the presentation you submit to optimize the number of presentations possible. In many cases, we may accept your presentation in a poster format, due to limited space. However, the poster session is a very important and appreciated part of our scientific program—it has left our attendees asking for more!
  • All abstracts must be submitted in the standardized format irrespective of presentation preference and must consist of a title, background, methods, results and conclusions. The maximum word count is 250 words. 
  • Please note, we encourage abstract submissions in French.

Abstract Category Definitions

The abstract categories are defined as follows:

Clinical Case Presentation: This presentation is intended for informative clinical cases. There should be maximal audience participation, interaction and discussion. The clinical case must be supported by literature and evidence around the teaching and learning points. 

Oral Presentation: An oral presentation is approximately 15 minutes in length (the exact time will be confirmed, but this presentation typically consists of an 11-minute talk followed by a 4-minute question and answer period). 

Poster Presentation: There will be dedicated poster sessions scheduled throughout the meeting, at which presenters will have the opportunity to interact with delegates. There will also be an award for Top Poster Presenter and our very popular Track Poster Session for trainees, which is a facilitated poster session allowing the presenter the opportunity to receive constructive feedback. 

Symposium: A symposium is a presentation that consists of two or three separate talks around a similar theme. Step 1 of the submission will consist of a summary submitted for the overall symposium as a whole, including an overall set of learning objectives for the session, the overall symposium title and a brief description of the symposium. Step 2 will consist of a separate abstract for each individual talk within the symposium. The symposium Chair must share the title of the overall symposium with the individual speakers so that they may include the overall symposium title in their abstract submission.

Workshop: A workshop is 60 minutes in length and must be highly interactive, lively and informative. Workshops are particularly suited to sessions encouraging skills development, or in which role play or other dynamic teaching approaches are desired.

For a sample of an abstract, please take a look at the Book of Abstracts from 2018.

Learning Objectives

All submissions require three learning objectives. Key information about Royal College expectations for learning objectives can be found here. Please avoid verbs that are often used but are open to many interpretations (e.g., appreciate, have faith in, know, learn, understand, believe). Click here for a link to suggested verbs. 


  • Abstract submissions are due March 26, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. EST. -- SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
  • Abstracts submissions will be accepted using the online submission platform only.
  • Once you have completed the online submission, you will receive immediate automated confirmation of receipt of your submission.
  • All abstract submissions will be peer-reviewed.
  • Please include the title, the three learning objectives and the abstract text of no more than 250 words.
  • Learning objectives must indicate what the participants will learn from the presentation in terms of knowledge, skills or attitudes.
  • In keeping with accreditation requirements, a minimum of 25% of the presentation time must be allotted for audience discussion and participation.
  • You will receive an email notification of the 2019 ASM Planning Committee’s decision regarding your submission by the end of May 2019.
  • All applicants are responsible for their own travel costs and must register and pay in full to attend the conference. 
  • By submitting your abstract, you agree to have it published in the Canadian Geriatrics Journal.

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