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Virtual Behavioural Medicine Program: Novel Model of Care for Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Dementia

May 15 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

The Virtual Behavioural Medicine Program (VBM) started as a collaborative partnership between the Baycrest Sam & Ida Ross Memory Clinic and Toronto Central Behavioural Support for Seniors Program (TC BSSP) which has grown in partnership with the Specialized Dementia Unit, Toronto Rehab, and University Health Network. The program provides rapid access to short term specialized virtual behavioural medicine consultation and management of responsive behaviours, i.e. neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia, as a supplement to existing local behaviour supports to prevent unnecessary hospitalization.


Morris Freedman, MD, FRCPC, FAAN

Dr. Morris Freedman is Head of Neurology and Medical Director, Austin Centre for Neurology

and Behavioural Support at Baycrest Health Sciences. He is a Professor, Division of Neurology,

Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, and a scientist at the Rotman Research Institute

of Baycrest Centre. He is carrying out research aimed at aimed at understanding mechanisms

underlying cognitive impairment due to degenerative dementias. His research also includes the

development of cognitive assessment procedures in dementia, such as the Toronto Cognitive

Assessment and the Object Alternation Test, as well as program development for care of

individuals with dementia. In addition, he has special expertise in distance learning at a global

level using videoconferencing, an area in which he has taken a major leadership role


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