Canadian Alliance on mental Illness and Mental Health Alliance Canadienne pour la Maladie Mentale et la Sante Mentale

User-friendly Educational Guides for Seniors and their Families

We want all older adults - and their family members - to have high-quality information about health issues that might affect them. We believe that with this information, older adults will be empowered to make informed decisions about their health care and build effective relationships with their health care providers.

These educational guides are based on the CCSMH National Guidelines for Seniors' Mental Health. Production of these guides was made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

How do I get a copy?

All of the guides can be downloaded free of charge by clicking on the cover (to read and print these guides, you will need Adobe Reader, available free from the Adobe website).

You can easily preview the guides and go directly to the topics that interest you by opening the document and clicking on the links in the Table of Contents. A list of references is also available for each booklet, as well as a list of the people who reviewed the booklet to make sure the information was accurate and easy to use - health care professionals, older adults and family members (disponable en français / available in French).

All documents can be downloaded at no charge. Interested in hard copies? Please visit Request Resources for more information.

Delirium in Older Adults: a guide for seniors and their families [1.1 MB PDF]

This guide will help older adults who are concerned about delirium. It will also help family members and other who care about them. The guide gives information about the causes and symptoms of delirium and how to prevent it. It also describes what to do if you, or someone you care about, is experiencing delirium.

List of references
List of reviewers

Depression in Older Adults: a guide for seniors and their families [934 KB PDF]

This guide will help older adults who are feeling depressed. It will also help family members and others who care about them. The guide gives information about the causes and symptoms of depression. It also describes what to do if you, or someone you care about, is feeling depressed.

List of references
List of reviewers

Mental Health Issues in Long-Term Care Homes: a guide for seniors and their families [1.16 MB PDF]

This guide will help family members of an older adult living in a long-term care facility. It will also help older adults who are preparing to move to one. It gives information about mental health issues that are common among residents of long-term care homes and suggests strategies to improve their quality of life.

List of references
List of reviewers

Suicide Prevention among Older Adults: a guide for family members [1.2 MB PDF]

This guide was designed for family members and other people who provide social support to older adults, including friends, neighbours and community members. We hope that after reading this guide, you will be able to recognize suicide risk factors and warning signs, and that you will know what you can do if an older adult in your life is at risk for suicide.

List of references (coming soon)
List of reviewers

[updated October 22, 2010]