Summary

The purpose of this project was to identify gaps and needs in the existing healthcare system related to seniors’ mental health. It is expected that by 2026 there will be 36% more seniors (adults 65+) than children below the age of 15. The demands of an aging population on the medical system, and particularly mental health services, must be reflected in public policy as there will be unprecedented demand. The Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health conducted a needs survey, then created and disseminated a framework to help shape priority research themes. Through this project, they established a National Seniors’ Mental Health Research and Knowledge Exchange Network which connects stakeholders and helps bridge information gaps.