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Acknowledgments 

From: Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Older adults 55+ (© 2010, 2011 CAMH)

This resource is a joint project of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; and Toronto Public Health.

The document reflects a literature review of articles published since 2000, including literature from Europe and Canada. Specific attention was given to finding examples of best practice in Canada and Europe from websites and reports as well as published articles. Managers and practitioners from agencies serving people aged 55+, 60+, 65+, largely from the Greater Toronto Area and representing community health agencies, long-term care, home care, public health units, addiction agencies and counselling organizations, were interviewed by telephone after they had had a chance to review the guidelines. The guidelines have been improved by incorporating their comments.

Authors

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Marianne Kobus-Matthews, Senior Health Promotion Consultant
Jennifer Barr, Project Lead, CAMH Healthy Aging Project

Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Suzanne F. Jackson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Health Promotion Program
Anja Ziegenspeck, (Dipl. Gesundheitswirtin student from University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal, Germany)
Nilusha Jiwani (Master of Nursing student, University of Toronto)
Holly Easlick (Master of Psychosocial Studies student, University of Brighton, UK)

Toronto Public Health
Angela Loconte, Consultant Health Promotion
Gladis Lok Chow (Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto practicum student at Toronto Public Health Planning & Policy Urban Issues Team)

Reviewers

We thank the many people representing the organizations and services listed below, who reviewed earlier drafts of this resource.

We thank the many people representing the organizations and services listed below, who reviewed earlier drafts of this resource.

Active Lifestyle Centre
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
B.C. Psychogeriatric Association
Canadian Mental Health Association
Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Association
Central East Community Care Access Centre
Centre for Addiction and Mental Heath
Community Home Assistance to Seniors
COTA Health
Davenport Perth Neighborhood Centre
Family Service Association of Toronto
519 Church Street Community Centre
Hamilton Public Health
Leeds, Grenville, Lanark District Health Unit
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Niagara Region (Community Services)
Regional Municipality of Halton
Saint Elizabeth Health Care
Toronto Public Health
Unionville Home Society
Victorian Order of Nurses, Ontario
Victorian Order of Nurses, Canada
Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care Access Centre
York Region Health Services
York Region Supportive Housing

Development of the resource

This resource was adapted by Anja Ziegenspeck, a visiting student at the University of Toronto, under the direction of a work group from Toronto Public Health (TPH); Policy, Education and Health Promotion, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH); and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

The group worked from a previous draft document entitled “A Checklist: Guiding Principles of Best Practices in Mental Health Promotion across the Lifespan,” developed by Maria Au-Yee Choi, MHSc, of the CHP.

That document was based on findings of the research report Analysis of Best Practices in Mental Health Promotion across the Lifespan, undertaken by Catherine Willinsky and Anne Anderson (2003*)  for CAMH and TPH. Anja updated the literature review in 2006 to refine the mental health promotion guidelines and checklist for older adults.

Nilusha Jiwani (Master of Nursing student, University of Toronto) interviewed 26 managers and front-line practitioners working with older adults in a variety of front-line agencies about their opinions of the practical usefulness and applicability of these guidelines. The document was revised to reflect the input received from these practitioners and Nilusha’s recommendations.

Holly Easlick (Master of Psychosocial Studies student, University of Brighton, UK) reviewed the worksheet resource in this document through conducting a pilot study about its usefulness. The worksheet was then redesigned to reflect the feedback provided by the organizations that reviewed the resource.

Lara Mylly, M.H.Sc., R.D., provided the guide’s sample worksheet that describes the Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre (a part of Lanark Health & Community Services) mental health promotion initiative for older adults: Fit, Fun & Fully Alive! (Fitness Classes for Older Adults) and demonstrates the worksheet’s utility.

In Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Older Adults 55+

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