Anxiety – Clinical Guidelines

For Health Care Professionals

Find clinical tools and resources to support your patients.

For Older Adults & Care Partners

Explore ways to support mental health and well-being for yourself and loved ones.

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Canadian Guidelines for the Assessment and Treatment of Anxiety in Older Adults

Until now, there were no existing guidelines for anxiety in older adults to help support health care providers with assessment and treatment. Older adults also needed access to evidence-based mental health information to help them prevent or manage mental health symptoms and thrive.

The CCSMH engaged with older adults and care partners, health care providers, and community organizations across Canada to deliver these clinical guidelines and tools that will address the stigma around aging and mental health, empower older adults to take steps to support mental health and well-being, and establish best practices for anxiety in older Canadians.

Stay tuned: online orders for paper copies of the guidelines will be available soon.

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Read the press release (January 25, 2024)

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Key takeaways from the guidelines

Find important information about key recommendations presented in the clinical guidelines for anxiety in older adults. Print this infosheet for your office and share it with your colleagues.


Listen to the podcast interview with Dr. Andrea Iaboni

Listen to Dr. Andrea Iaboni, clinical lead of the guidelines, on the recent podcast interview with Anxiety Canada where she discusses the challenges older adults face in seeking mental health support, including the need for specialized treatment tailored to their unique circumstances. Dr. Iaboni underscores the significance of CCSMH’s clinical guidelines, which aim to bridge gaps in understanding and treatment for health care providers, older adults and care partners.

Watch the webinar presented by Dr. Andrea Iaboni

Discover additional tools and resources

Learn more about anxiety in older adults!

We developed a variety of clinical tools and resources for health care professionals, older adults and care partners.

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