About Project ECHO Care for the Elderly 

Project ECHO (Extension of Community Health Outcomes) Care of the Elderly launched on October 30 2017 with the vision to enhance the quality of care to older adults in Ontario, by improving the knowledge and skills of primary care providers in meeting the health care needs of older adults.

ECHO Care of the Elderly aims to  connect primary care providers to an inter-professional team of geriatric specialists through weekly videoconferencing sessions.

General Topics

ECHO Clinic Sessions will consist of didactic presentations on topics such as:

  1. Dementia – Screening and Diagnosis
  2. Responsive Behaviors  (Behavioral & Psychological Symptoms of Dementia)
  3. Mood Disorders
  4. Falls
  5. Sleep Disorders
  6. Pain
  7. Incontinence
  8. Substance Abuse Disorders
  9. Falls
  10. Driving

For more topics covered in previous ECHO Care of the Elderly Cycles, please refer to the Didactic Curriculum page.

 Vision, Mission and Scope

The objectives of ECHO Care of the Elderly include:

  • To equip primary care providers to provide more comprehensive care for their frail complex aging patients
  • To utilize existing telehealth and tele-education services at Baycrest to facilitate geriatrics training to primary care providers across Ontario, particularly in remote, underserved areas
  • To meet the demand for care of Ontario’s aging population by expanding the reach of Baycrest’s expertise in care of the elderly


How ECHO Care of the Elderly Works
  • Prior to the session:

Participants will receive an e-agenda the day before the session, with resources and a link to the session.

Participants ensure they have the equipment required to participate (stable Internet connection, computer, web cam & microphone or mobile phone with a WIFI connection).

  • During the session:

Sessions have 2 parts:

1. A short didactic presentation given by a subject specialist; and

2. De-identified patient cases presented by participants.

  • After the session:
    Participants complete a weekly feedback survey.