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Editor's Note

VOLUME 35, NO. 1 • March 2018

Tzung-Jeng Hwang, IPA Bulletin Editor-in-Chief

Spring signifies the beginning of the year, with new energy flowing around. Several national annual meetings in psychogeriatrics will be held around the world in March and April, including the UK, Spain, Taiwan, the US and Italy. Recently, the IPA announced that Dr. Maria Lapid assumed the role of Digital Editor for the IPA website, beginning from January 2018. We welcome her and expect that the IPA Bulletin editorial team and Dr. Lapid to work hand in hand to bring new ideas and perspectives for our members.

In this issue, there are eight wonderful articles; three in “Around the World” and five in “Research and Practice”.

In “Around the World”:
Dr. Tomas Leon (Chile), the first IPA lifetime member from Chile, provides an overview of the current situation of aging mental health in the country, including an increasing number of elderly patients with mental health issues and inadequate psychogeriatric formal education and training. Prof. Rose-Marie Dröes (Netherlands) introduces how the Dutch Meeting Centres Support Programme (MCSP) for community dwelling people with dementia and their family carers can be transferable across European countries, has been well accepted by its users, and improves quality of life and mental health, at reasonable costs. Dr. Clarissa Giebel (UK) shares with us a new initiative, the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC), which facilitates translational research by creating a platform for researchers, the public and government to collaborate.

In “Research and Practice”:
Dr. Mark Rapoport (Canada) reports new rigorously developed guidelines on Mild Cognitive Impairment, including important suggestions on assessment and treatment, albeit with some concerns about applicability and involvement of clinician and other stakeholders. He also describes an interesting Cognitive Chart, analogous to growth charts in pediatrics (albeit in reverse), to standardize the Mini-Mental Status Examination (MMSE) scores by age and education, and to track progression over time. Dr. Laura Valzolgher (Italy) reviews effective interventions to support the family carers, including conventional interventions (respite care, day care, psycho-social interventions) and unconventional interventions (case-management, mindfulness training, and online-based interventions). Dr. Gillian Stockwell-Smith (Australia) discusses the important considerations in risk assessment, not only focusing on the prevention of adverse events by restricting patients’ capacities, but also promoting their capacity by taking into account outcomes such as dignity, rights, freedom and privacy. Dr. van der Spek et al. (Netherlands) reports the fascinating Dutch studies on the appropriateness of the prescription of psychotropic drugs for neuropsychiatric symptoms in nursing home patients with dementia and recommends regular medication reviews to improve the appropriateness of psychotropic drug prescriptions. Finally, Dr. Karen Reimers (US) reviews the concept of executive function, from its definition to its deficit-related outcomes.

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