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YOUR DNS The Fountain of Health is looking for SSRD members to become peer men- tors in promoting this program among senior groups SENIORS’ SECTION STAYS INVOLVED Advocacy work continues unabated for senior and retired physicians By DR. MARGARET CASEY Chair, Section of Senior and Retired Doctors T his has been an interest- ing year for the Section of Senior and Retired Doctors (SSRD), starting with our AGM in October 2017. In response to concerns expressed by our members around the current health-care situation, Drs. John Ross, Ajantha Jayabarathan and Robert Martell held a panel presentation. This presentation generated discussions that led to 30 SSRD members signing a letter to Health and Wellness Minister Delorey, urging the appointment of a front-line physician to the Nova Scotia Health Authority Board. One of the many areas of concern is the absence of content expertise at the health-care decision table, and the presence of a physician or physicians would be an important step in rectify- ing that. To date we have not 10 March 2018 | doctorsNS received a response. Two of our members sit on the Seniors’ Advisory Council (formerly the Group of IX), an advisory body, independent of government, that works closely with the Department of Seniors to facilitate the development of age-related policies dedicated to improving inclusion, well-being and independence of older adults. A major focus of their work this year is on patient- centred health care, including moving forward with strategies around Alzheimer’s disease. The SSRD will also be exploring opportunities with the Fountain of Health, a pioneer of a new branch of medicine, positive psychiatry. This program was developed by Dalhousie geriatric psychiatrist Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy. The Fountain of Health translates the current science of healthy aging, well-being and resilience into practical actions. We will be looking for SSRD members to become peer mentors in promoting this program among senior groups. Clinical presentations con- tinue to be of interest to our members. In addition to the talk on medical assistance in dying (MAID) in February, there will be a presentation on cardiac arrhythmias in April. Continuing the tradition of the past number of years, dinner lectures covering a wide range of interesting topics are being held at the Dalhousie Faculty Club. The most recent of these was a lecture in November on astronomy, a fas- cinating exploration of how to increase awareness and knowl- edge of space. We look forward to a presentation on indigenous art in May. Sommeliers Rosalind and Philip Belitsky are offering wine-tasting classes at advanced and beginner levels. Contact Dr. Philip Belitsky (philip. to sign up for the class. We want to hear from senior and retired physicians from across the province about issues that we should pursue, presen- tations that would be of interest and initiatives that we should explore. Contact Dr. Margaret Casey, chair, at margaret.casey@ We want to hear from senior and retired physicians from across the province