Geropsychiatric Education Program

Geropsychiatric Education Program


Educational Videos

Lending Guidelines

Videos from the GPEP library are available for loan to health care providers within Vancouver Coastal Health for a period of two weeks. Lost videos will be invoiced to you for the replacment cost.

The Procedure for borrowing is as follows:

For a listing of the video categories offered through our lending library, refer to the Video Index. 

If you have a question or would like to reserve a video, please email

You may pick up the video from the GPEP office (Please note that the GPEP office is moving summer of 2009). Please call us for our location.

Please phone ahead so we may expect you. 

Video Index

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Video Listings

The following is a list of videos available through the Geropsychiatric Education Program's (GPEP's) Video Listings.  Please read the "Lending Guidelines" section before reserving a video.  Please be prepared to specify the video title when making a request.


Geropsychiatric Assessment: The GPEP Model

PIECES Teleconference, Dr. Ken LeClair

Neuropsychiatric Inventory with Jeff Cummings M.D.

The Upper Island Geriatric Outreach Program Presents: The Modified Mini-Mental State Examination DVD

Mini-Mental Status – 2 Videos – Dr. M. Donnelly

Chronic Pain: Assessment (1998)

Mental State Examination of the Demented Adult (19min)

Assessing Difficult Behaviour in the Elderly, 1990, 4 video series with workbook. (1 DVD):
Video 1 Common Psychiatric Syndromes Seen in the Elderly(66 min.)
- Basic Principles of Assessing Difficult Behavior; Dementia; Delirium; Depression; Delusions
Video 2 The Assessment Process(62 min.)
- Components of Behavioural Assessment
- Mental Status Examination
Video 3 Common Clinical Scenarios (96 min.)
- Assessing Memory Loss
- Paranoia
- Assessing the Apathetic Withdrawn Patient
- The Agitated Aggressive Demented Client
- The Acutely Confused Client
- Assessing Symptoms in a Cultural Context
Video 4 Ethical Issues in the Management of Elderly Clients (72 min.)
- General Principles of Medical Ethics
- Competency
- Involuntary Hospitalization

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The Secret Life of the Brain

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Murray Alzheimer Research & Education Program (MAREP) all DVD’s
1. Dementia Care Education Series (3 copies)
2. Powerpoint Slides – Modules 1 to 9
3. Managing and Accommodating Responsive Behaviours in Dementia Care (Vingettes)

Psychosis in the Elderly Part 1 & 2 (30 min each) DVD

Brain and Behaviour

A useful resource for carestaff, community service providers, and families. Although quality of picture is poor, the strength of this program is that it explains the function of the brain in common, simple language. Uses examples related to dementia clients. It is an excellent overview of neuro function as it relates to behaviour.  32 minutes.

Choice & challenge: Caring for aggressive older adults across levels of care
A training video with supportive printed materials.  Terra Nova Films & Abbe, Inc. Written materials by Marianne Smith & Kathleen Buckwalter. 23 minutes.

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
1. The Preventative Techniques
2. Therapeutic Physical Intervention

3. Calming the Agitated Resident
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Dealing with Alzheimer's Disease: A Common Sense Approach to Communication, 1998 (21 min.) This video provides very useful verbal and non-verbal communication techniques for caregivers in real life settings. Also included is a review of the losses associated with Alzheimer's disease, common behavioural symptoms, the influence of physical health on behaviour, and guidelines for handling catastrophic reactions.

Communicating with Moderately Confused Older Adults (19 min.)
A guide to stages 4 and 5 of the dementia process, including communication strategies for families and care staff. A training booklet accompanies the video.

Communicating with Severely Confused Older Adults (20 min.)
A guide to later stages 6 and 7 of the dementia process, including communication strategies for families and care staff. A training booklet accompanies the video.

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Delirium in the Older Person - Family Guide (27 min) DVD

Care for Elders – Delirium – An Interactive Guide (DVD)

Delirium in the Older Person – A Medical Emergency DVD
Part 1 – What is Delirium? (29:30)
Part 2 – Delirium in Health Care Settings (Acute Care 18min, Residential Care 19min, Home & Community 23min, Delirium at End of Life 4min)

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Solving Bathing Problems in Persons with Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders, (22 min.)
A good teaching film, this video addresses a variety of problems staff experience in bathing residents with dementia, specifically related to agitation and aggression. It clarifies the difference between the two, and suggests helpful techniques when bathing, such as knowing the resident, individualizing care, etc.

Speaking for Them: Identifying Psychiatric Complications in Alzheimer's Patients (12 min.) Presented primarily in lecture format, this video clarifies the distinguishing features between psychosis, anxiety and agitation, delirium and major depression, and emphasizes the need for observing and reporting behavior changes in residents with Alzheimer's Disease.

Dementia e-Learning (Part 1 & 2) 2009 DVD

Recognizing & Responding to Emotion in Persons with Dementia (22 min)

Bon Appetite: How to Create Mealtimes in Long Term Care
Tape 1 (22 min.) A good teaching video, this presentation highlights the changes in dementia that have an impact on the dining experience - impairments in memory, perception and judgment. It emphasizes the importance of communication and relationships between staff, residents and family members around mealtime, and lists ten commandments of effective communication during mealtimes.

Tape 2 (20 min.) This video offers guidelines for feeding someone properly, displays effective helping techniques, and discusses how the resident dining experience can be enhanced.
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Depression in Older Adults: The Right to Feel Better, 1997 (30 min.)
This video profiles Dr. Dan Blazer, author of Depression in Late Life, who discusses the causes, treatment, nursing home issues, and potential for suicide of older adults. Filmed in the States, it also portrays congressional testimony about depression.

Depression in Older Adults: The Right to Feel Better (30 min) DVD

Depression in the Long-Term Care Setting

ECT: Electroconvulsive Therapy

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Person Centred Care

Hello in There: Understanding the Success of Person-Centred Care (19 min.)
This video sparks discussion about the strategies, benefits and challenges of person-centred care for seniors. Person-centred care allows individuals working within an organization to adapt the provision of care to meet the needs and wishes of those receiving care. By gaining an understanding of who the client was before they came to the institution, the care-giver is able to understand the client as a whole person.

A Model for Person Centred Care  DVD

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Sexuality and Intimacy

Freedom of Sexual Expression (16 min.)
Using excellent 'real life' scenarios, this video addresses the rights of residents with dementia to express themselves sexually. It gives staff members effective tips for addressing sexual expression, and provides sample policies and procedures on residents' rights regarding sexual expression.

A Thousand Tomorrows: Intimacy, Sexuality, and Alzheimer's (31 min.)
Through candid interviews with spouse caregivers, and in some cases, the spouse with Alzheimer's, this video explores issues such as: the blurring of roles between caregivers and intimate partners as the need for caregiving increases; changes in behavior that affect intimacy. A study guide accompanies the video to facilitate discussion.

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Care of the Elderly (Small Group Facilitation) (23:15)

Seniors Laughter Yoga – Laugh & Learn with Allan O’Meara DVD

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