Research on Aging and Cognitive Disorders

Thanks to its director, the Glendon Cognitive Health Centre holds enviable expertise in the field of aging and cognitive disorders. Dr. Guy Proulx works in the field of geriatrics, cognitive aging, and rehabilitation. He integrates neuropsychological approaches to help minimize disability due to cognitive disorders.He was Director of the Department of Psychology at St-Vincent Hospital and at the Elizabeth Bruyère Health Centre, Ottawa from 1981 to 1986. From 1986 to July 2009, he was Director of the Department of Psychology at the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care in Toronto and was also appointed Director of Neurorehabilitation. Since 1999, Dr. Proulx had been responsible for Neuropsychological Services at Sunnybrook as part of the Neuroscience Alliance. In 2008, he was appointed Director of the Cognitive and Behavioural Health Program, a new interdisciplinary program at Baycrest. In 2009, Dr. Proulx accepted a position as full professor at York University’s Glendon campus. He specializes in the assessment and rehabilitation of cognitive disorders in people who have strokes and dementia.

Publications

Selected Articles

  • Moscovitch, M., Westmacott, R., Gilboa, A., Addis, D.R., Rosenbuam, R.S., Viskontas, I., Priselac, S., Svoboda, E., Ziegler, M., Black, S., Gao, F., Grady, C., Freedman, M., Kohler, S., Leach, L., Levine, B., McAndrews, M.P., Nadel, L., Proulx, G., Richards, B., Ryan, L., Stokes, K., (2005) Winocur. ‘Hippocampal Complex Contribution to Retention and Retrieval of Recent and Remote Episodic and Semantic Memories: Evidence from Behavioral and Neuroimaging Studies of Healthy and Brain-damaged People’ in G. Ohta, N., MacLeod, C.M., & Uttl, B. (Eds.) (2005). Dynamic cognitive processes. Tokyo : Springer-Verlag. pp. 333-380.
  • Proulx, G.B.,Fontanier, D., Clement, J.P., Lafont, V., et Robert, P. (2001) «Traitements non-pharmacologiques des troubles cognitifs et comportementaux chez le sujet âgé»,  Encyclopédie Médico-Chirurgicale, Editions Scientifiques et Médicales Elsevier SAS, Paris, Psychiatrie, 37-540-C-45.
  • Park, N.W., Proulx, G.B., Towers, W. (1999) ‘Evaluation of the Attention Training Process Program’, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Vol. 9, (2), 1999, pp. 135-154.
  • Proulx, G.B. (1999) ‘Family education and family partnership’. Chapter in : Cognitive Neuro-Rehabilitation, Eds. D. Stuss, G. Winocur, and I. Robertson, Cambridge University Press.
  • Goldberg, M., Mock, D., Ichise, M., Proulx, G.B., Gordon, A., Shandling, M., Tsai, S., Tenenbaum, H.C. (1996) ‘Neuropsychological deficits and clinical features of post-traumatic Temporomandibular Disorders’. Orofacial Pain, Vol. 10, No.2.

Communications 

  • Troyer, A.K., Murphy, K.J., Proulx, G.B., Rewilak, D. (2005) ‘Memory Intervention for Mild Cognitive Impairment’ GTA Rehab Network’s Best Practices Day.
  • Lafont,V., Proulx,G.B., et al (2003) Congrès Européen de Neuropsychologie, Paris, October 2003.
  • Proulx, G.B. (1999) ‘Cognitive Disorders and Aging’, International Psychiatric Academy, Vancouver.
  • Troyer, A.K., Proulx, G.B. & Dworsky, S.D. (1998) “A memory education and intervention program for older adults: preliminary findings.” The Eighth Annual Rotman Research Institute Conference, March 1998.
  • Proulx, G.B. (1996) “Acquired Brain Injuries.” Insight rehabilitation conference, Toronto, October 1996.
  • Proulx, G.B. (1995) “Neurorehabilitation: A Family Affair.” The Fifth Annual Rotman Research Institute
    Conference, March 1995.

Workshops

  • Proulx, G.B. (2003) ”Cerveau Vieillissant et Mémoire’’/ “A Walk Through the Aging Brain” The Ottawa chapter of the OANHSS presented both in English and in French.
  • Proulx, G.B. (2003) Brain Health Clinic Dialogue, Samuel Lunenfeld Mountainview Club, Baycrest Hospital.
  • Proulx, G.B. (2002) “Cognitive Disorders & Aging.” UK Clinical Leadership Programme, King’s Fund, Oxford University, UK (Visiting Canadian Health Centers).
  • Proulx, G.B. (2002) “From Wisdom to Dementia: A Walk through the Aging Brain.” Mini-Med School, University of Toronto.
  • Proulx, G.B. (2002) “Serving the Elderly with Cognitive Disorders.” Annual Meeting, District Health Councils of Ontario, Waterloo.
  • Proulx, G.B. (2002) “Troubles Cognitifs et Réadaptation”, Faculté de médecine, Université de Nice, France.
  • Proulx, G.B. (2001) Stroke, Cognition & Everyday Behaviour : An Overview,” and “Cognition Impairments: Clinical Intervention Strategies & Case Examples.” Seventh Annual Inter Hospital Stroke Team Conference, Montreal.

 
Public Lectures

  • (2008) University of Regina, Center for Research on Aging, Public Lecture: Prevention of Cognitive Disorders in Aging.
  • (2008) The Ontario Judicial Society, The Aging Mind, Toronto.
  • (2008) Borden, Ladner, Gervais, Seminar Series, ‘Capacity and the Aging Brain: Too Little Too Late’, Toronto.
  • (2008) South Toronto Stoke System Network, ‘Case Studies of Challenging Cognitive Disorders’
  • (2007) Ontario Gerontological Association (OGA) Keynote Speaker, The Bayne-Galloway Lecture, “The Shifting Border between Gerontology and Geriatrics”
  • (2007) Ontario College of Arts and Design (OCAD) President’s Lecture Series , “The Aging Brain: How Art and Design are Changing the Way we Care”.
  • (2007) North and East Stroke Systems Network, ‘The ABCs of Challenging Cognitive Disorders.’
  • (2005) George Zegerac, Assistant Deputy Minister for Community Health. “Cognitive Rehabilitation,” presentation.
  • (2005) Desjardins Financial Services, Ste. Foye, Québec, Laval et Montréal “Savoir vieillir”.
  • (2005) World Critical Illness Conference, Sheraton Centre, Toronto.
  • (2005) OANHSS, Sutton Place Hotel, Toronto, “Cognitive Disorders”. Aging Well Conference, Wagman Centre, Toronto.
  • (2005) JAVA, Jewish Admin. Volunteer Association, “Aging Process,” Baycrest Centre.
  • (2005) William Lyon Mackenzie High School, “How the Brain Works,” Toronto.
  • (2005) SGO – Services Communautaires de Géronto-Psychiâtrie d’Ottawa, Psycho Geriatric Outreach Program Retreat/Staff Training.
  • (2005) Young Presidents’ Organization, “Aging Parents, Westin Prince Hotel, Toronto.
  • (2005) Professional Advisory Group, “Advising your Aging Client,” Baycrest Foundation.
  • (2005) Essex Kent Lambton District Health Council, “Cognitive Disorders and Communication Strategies,” Sarnia.
  • (2005) Essex Kent Lambton District Health Council, Professional caregivers of Essex Region, Sarnia.
  • (2005) Regional Municipality of York, “Practical Strategies for Dementia Care,” Newmarket.
  • (2004) Keynote Speaker. “The Privilege of Aging: Closing the gap on dementia.” Hamilton 2004 Geriatric Service Recognition Awards.
  • (2004) Young President’s Organization, Aging Parents and the Challenges faced by families. “Memory and Aging”, Toronto.
  • (2004) “The Privilege of Aging: why it can’t be taken for granted,“ Healthways Seminar, Desjardins, Ottawa, Toronto and London, Ontario.
  • (2004) Keynote speaker, William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute & Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Partnership agreement, October 27, 2004
  • (2004) Alzheimer Society of York Region, 3rd Alzheimer Symposium, Toronto. Keynote speaker “Finding Your Way.”
  • (2004) OANHSS, Administrative Certification Program. “Cognitive Disorders,” Sutton Place Hotel, Toronto.
  • (2004) Keynote speaker, 3rd Alzheimer Symposium, Alzheimer Society of York Region.
  • (2003) Association of Gerontology 32nd Annual Scientific & Educational Meeting and The Ontario Gerontology Associations 22nd Annual Conference. Keynote speaker “The Happier Science of Gerontology and Its Impact on Geriatrics”.
  • (2003) The Halton & Peel District Health Council, Mississauga Convention Centre.
  • (2003) OANHSS Region 7, Hillel Lodge & Jewish Home for the Aged, Ottawa.
  • (2003) OANHSS –Translating Dementia Research into Action forum. “The Aging Brain,” Guelph.
  • (2003) 16th Annual Alzheimer Symposium – Making Life Better. “Wisdom versus Dementia: A Walk Through the Aging Brain,” Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
  • (2003) 5th Annual General Meeting, District Health Council, Guelph. “… A Walk Through the Aging Brain”.
  • (2003) OANHSS Annual Meeting and Convention, Administration Certification Program. “Aging Well.” Volunteer Leadership meeting, Toronto.
  • (2002) OANHSS (Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes & Services for Seniors), Keynote speaker, Annual Meeting and Convention, International Plaza Hotel, Toronto.
  • (2002) Toronto Homes for the Aged, Home Care Professionals, Metro Hall, City of Toronto.
  • (2002) Board of Directors, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and Baycrest Foundation.
  • (2002) Colloquium, Glendon College, York University.
  • (2002) Metro Hall, Council Chambers, Toronto.
  • (2002) Richter Charity Golf Classic, Angus Glen Golf Club, Toronto.
  • (2001) Community Arts Association of Ontario, Kingston.
  • (2001) OANHSS (Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes & Services for Seniors), Region 5 Educational Workshop, Toronto.
  • (2001) OANHSS (Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes & Services for Seniors), Toronto.
  • (2000) Ontario Hospital Association, Toronto.
  • (2000) The Ada Starkman Community Education Series, Toronto.
  • (2000) Momiji Health Care Society, Toronto.
  • (2000) OANHSS (Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes & Services for Seniors), Administration Certification Program, Toronto.
  • (2000) Partnerships for Medical Vision, Ontario Hospital Association, Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto.

 
Media Interviews

  • (2010) Radio Canada, Impacte des troubles de démence au Canada, janvier 2010
  • (2010) Radio Canada, Stimulation profonde du cerveau et maladie d’Alzheimer, septembre 2010
  • (2009) Radio Canada, Maladie d’Alzheimer chez les moins de 65 ans, Janvier 2009
  • (2009) Radio Canada, Journée mondiale Alzheimer, septembre 2009
  • (2007) Radio Canada, Evening News, “ Can we prevent Dementia”? January 2007.
  • (2007) Toronto Star, Life-style section on Aging, April 2007.
  • (2007) Toronto Star, Special feature on Aging in Canada, November 2008.
  • (2005) AM 740 Radio, “Aging Well Starts Now,” Jim Paulson, April 2005.
  • (2004) CBC Sunday Morning, ‘”Memories are made of this’’ March 2004.
  • (2004) CBC Sounds like Canada, “Parenting Up’’ series, April 2004.
  • (2004) Toronto Star, Elaine Carey, “Alzheimers,” April 2004.
  • (2004) Sunday Sun, Marilyn Linton, Health Watch, “Age of maturity,” April 2004.
  • (2003) TVO, Big Ideas, “A walk through the aging brain.” May 2003.
  • (2003) Radio Canada, “Société vieillissante, société en santé”, Novembre 2003.
  • (2002) Canadian Press, Environmental Support and Therapeutic Use of Art in Long Term Care institution, April 2002.
  • (2002) CTV, “Food for Thought,” vascular dementia, October 2002.
  • (2002) National Post, Arts & Life Section. “Everyman his Own Doc,” University of Toronto Mini-medical School, 6-week course, Faculty of Medicine, October 2002.