Heads Up! Community Mental Health Podcast

SENIORS’ MENTAL HEALTH: Part 1 – Personal Stories, Professional Insights & COVID Reflections

Heads Up! Community Mental Health Podcast
Heads Up! Community Mental Health Podcast
SENIORS’ MENTAL HEALTH: Part 1 - Personal Stories, Professional Insights & COVID Reflections

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The over-65 age group is the fastest-growing demographic in Canada, with rates of mental illness for seniors over 70 projected to be the highest of any age group by 2041. Add to that the impacts of COVID-19, and you have a complex and costly national challenge that requires urgent attention from all sectors, in the move toward upstream seniors’ mental health care. Join Marjorie Horne (seniors’ advocate and founder of CareSmart Seniors Consulting), Naomi Mison (caregiver and founder of Discuss Dementia), and Dr. Anna Wisniewska (geriatric psychiatrist) in Part 1, as they share their personal stories and professional insights about the mental health challenges seniors face, and the opportunities that abound for improved care and enhanced quality of life.



This Part 1 podcast will help you understand:

  • Current and projected statistics related to seniors’ mental health and care
  • Common myths associated with seniors’ mental health
  • Common mental health challenges (e.g., depression/anxiety) and opportunities for care available to seniors and their families
  • Risks of marginalized groups, experiences of men vs. women, and roles of ethnicity, genetics, ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), epigenetics
  • Common mental health challenges for seniors in residential care and their families
  • Challenges and opportunities associated with caregiving and advocacy
  • Transitional challenges experienced by seniors of all ages
  • Need for intergenerational knowledge and connection
  • Terms such as “eldering well”, “eldercare”, “death cafes”, “end-of-life doulas”



Fresh Outlook Foundation

The Social Planning & Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC) is a leader in applied social research, social policy analysis, and community development approaches to social justice. The SPARC team supports the council’s 16,000 members, and works with communities to build a just and healthy society for all. THANK YOU for supporting the HEADS UP! Community Mental Health Summit and the HEADS UP! Community Mental Health Podcast.





Marjorie Horne, Dipl. T. Nursing

Heads Up! Community Mental Health PodcastMarjorie Horne was 16 when she knew that the way we see and treat elders had to change. Her journey involved training as a registered nurse, becoming the Executive Director of the Central Okanagan Hospice Society, working in management in seniors housing and, finally, starting her own business, CareSmart Seniors Consulting Inc. She is also a Conscious Aging Facilitator and a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging.

As an entrepreneur, Marjorie’s goal was to bring a holistic, ‘Circle of Care’ approach to supporting seniors and their families through the many transitions encountered in the third chapter of life. Her community endeavors of creating and hosting her own radio show, Engaging in Aging, every Sunday morning on AM1150, writing a bi-weekly column, facilitating workshops on Conscious Aging, and speaking at local events, are all driven by the desire to be part of a new paradigm where we reimagine later life with courage, resilience, passion, and purpose.

Phone: 250-863-9577

Email: resources@caresmart.ca

Website: www.caresmart.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caresmartseniorsconsulting

Twitter: https://twitter.com/caresmartsenior

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marjorie-horne-46bb8937/


Naomi Mison, BA

Heads Up! Community Mental Health PodcastNaomi Mison is a public speaker, vocal advocate, and a champion of change. She has spent the last four years bravely sharing her journey as she cares for her mother who was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, when Naomi was just 22 years old. She has spoken publicly through the Alzheimer Society of Canada National Anti-Stigma Campaign, CBC’s Out in the Open podcast, Globe and Mail, Embrace Aging Okanagan, Pecha Kucha, and many more.

Naomi volunteers with the Alzheimer Society of BC’s Leadership Group of Caregivers, is on the planning committee for IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, and for the Seniors Outreach and Resource Centre. Naomi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English, and a Diploma in Public Relations. 

Phone: 780-885-3956

Email: mailto:naomi@discussdementia.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nam956

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NaomiMison

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/naomimison/


Dr. Anna Wisniewska, MD, FRCPC

Anna Wisniewska completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of British Columbia and her postgraduate training in psychiatry at the University of Calgary. Her clinical career has always focused on the care of the elderly and their families.

Dr. Wisniewska is currently a consulting geriatric psychiatrist at the Kelowna General Hospital and the Kelowna Mental Health Centre. She also works in her private practice in Kelowna and is a sub-investigator with Medical Arts Research.  Her passion for her work and compassion for her patients were inspired early on by her very close relationship with her grandparents, and maintained by the many wonderful patients, families, and colleagues met along the professional path.

Email: DrAWisniewska@gmail.com



Jo de Vries is a community education and engagement specialist with 30 years of experience helping local governments in British Columbia connect with their citizens about important sustainability issues. In 2006, she established the Fresh Outlook Foundation (FOF) to “inspire community conversations for sustainable change.” FOF’s highly acclaimed events include Building SustainABLE Communities conferences, Reel Change SustainAbility Film Fest, Eco-Blast Kids’ Camps, CommUnity Innovation Lab, Breakfast of Champions, and Women 4 SustainAbility. FOF’s newest ventures are the HEADS UP! Community Mental Health Summit and HEADS UP! Community Mental Health Podcast.

Website: Fresh Outlook Foundation

Phone: 250-300-8797



The move toward optimal mental health becomes possible as more people learn about the challenges, successes, and opportunities. To that end, please share this podcast with anyone who has an interest or stake in the future of mental health and wellness.



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