News and Issues
February 14, 2017 - IPA was recently informed of the WHO's ICD-11 proposal to transfer all dementia diagnoses from the Mental or Behavioral Health Disorder section to the Nervous System section. Click here to view IPA's response.
October 31, 2016 - Applicants are sought for the position of Editor-in-Chief of International Psychogeriatrics, the prestigious academic journal (2015 impact factor – 2.22) owned by the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) and currently published twelve times per year by Cambridge University Press (CUP).
November 18, 2015 - Advances in medicine and technology have potently extended longevity insofar that the geriatric (age > 65) community represented 14.1%
IPA Complete Guides to Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) – 2015 Revision Release
November 18, 2015 - We are pleased to announce that the Fourth Edition of the IPA Complete Guides to the Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) – Specialists Guide has been released and is now available only on the IPA Members Area.
September 2, 2015 - An aging Europe, associated with the report that cognitive decline affects over 20% of those aged 70+, brings new challenges in how to improve the independence and quality of life of elderly people, promote their good health and to integrate assistance without overloading social and public health systems, the elderly, or their relatives.
September 2, 2015 - Two papers were published this past Spring pertaining to treatments for major depression among older adults using treatments other than antidepressants.
Nurse Practitioners taking a leadership role in improving the outcomes for older persons at risk of delirium
June 12, 2015 - Delirium is an acute disorder of attention and cognition, often fatal, costing more than $164 billion per year in the USA. Delirium occurs across many specialties and settings: aged care, dementia, orthopaedics, surgery, palliative care and even paediatrics, albeit a dissimilar presentation and management.
June 12, 2015 - With growing concern over the impending epidemic of cognitive loss and dementia, a new study by Jack et al provides striking information about the biology that underlies memory changes with age.
Olfactory deficits in normal aging, cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s disease: What do they mean for research and practice?
March 10, 2015 - Neurofibrillary tangles, a hallmark pathological feature of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), are found in the olfactory bulb early in the disease course of patients with AD, and odor identification deficits during life correlate with tangles in the olfactory bulb and its projection areas at autopsy (1,2)
March 10, 2015 - Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the major primary cause of dementia, affecting 60%-80% of demented people. According to the World Alzheimer Report, in 2009 35.6 million people worldwide suffered from dementia and the burden is expected to increase to 115.4 million in 2050 (1).
December 15, 2014 - Traditional nursing home care for people with dementia is developing more and more towards small-scale, homelike care environments. In these facilities, a small number of residents (usually six to eight) live together in a familiar and homelike environment.
December 15, 2014 - Agitated, aggressive, frustrated, angry, stubborn, restless – adjectives that are often used interchangeably to illustrate comparable clinical presentations, but words that can bear very different meanings to different people.
December 15, 2014 - In recognition of IPA’s unique role and contribution to the mental health of older people around the world, Sandy and Fern Finkel have generously offered a matching pledge in support of IPA and its future.
October 2, 2014 - One of the amazing things about being human is that we all dream. Dreams occur in the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage of sleep. Dreams can take us to worlds unknown, or give us the opportunity to be the world class athlete we always aspired to.
October 2, 2014 - ACE-R is a brief battery that provides evaluation of six cognitive domains (orientation, attention, memory, verbal fluency, language and visuospatial ability) (Mioshi et al., 2006). It is useful for detecting dementia and mild cognitive impairment. It is also effective for differentiating the subtypes of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, progressive supranuclear palsy, and other forms of dementia associated with parkinsonism (Rittman et al., 2013)
June 11, 2014 - Understanding the effect of cigarette smoke on the brain is a global imperative since smoking continues to rise in developing countries at a rate of more than 3% per year.
June 11, 2014 - The IPA Board of Directors has announced the adoption of a new strategic plan for the organization for 2014-2016.
January 22, 2014 - To further IPA’s understanding of workforce issues within Psychogeriatrics, a series of articles offers views from our colleagues in the field. IPA has noted the concerns of our members on these issues and is pleased to share these global perspectives.
January 22, 2014 - IPA’s Psychologists Professional Discipline Forum offers a space within IPA for psychologists to come together to discuss ideas and initiatives, and to network with colleagues internationally.
January 22, 2014 - Large-scale care provision is one of the largest challenges associated with meeting the mental health needs of the burgeoning older adult population. In the last month, three manuscripts have been published describing innovative approaches to psychiatric care for the elderly: