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President's Message

IPA Bulletin: VOLUME 37, NO. 1 • MARCH 2020

William Reichman, IPA President

Dear Colleagues and IPA members,

Our success as an organization will rely on how well we can retain and grow IPA’s membership ranks. This will be substantially determined by the answer to one essential question: Are we uniquely and effectively delivering services and programs that our present and potential future members most value? Over the past decade or more, not-for-profit membership organizations like IPA have had to work much harder to better understand what their members most desire, and how to respond to these needs with tangible products, services and programs that are accessible and, at a cost that is affordable.  As a result, our Board has focused our strategic direction on enhancing the benefits of IPA membership and working to identify new and impactful activities that our members will most value.  We will increasingly rely on you, our devoted members, to give us the feedback required for IPA to effectively understand and successfully address your needs. 

We must commit ourselves to growing and sustaining a global community of IPA members that is truly representative of the interdisciplinary nature of the geriatric mental health field, reflects our commitment to supporting early career clinicians, educators and researchers, and respects one of our greatest strengths as an organization: our gender, ethnic, cultural and geographic diversity. We must continue to offer you the most up to date and important educational content to support your professional work and we will do so in ways that readily enhance your access to these offerings. Our annual Congress will continue to evolve so it becomes an educational and networking activity “without equal and one that cannot be missed”. The educational content and the manner in which we deliver this material will be novel, compelling and uniquely, of great value to you. We will also actively explore a range of other potential member benefits which other associations have successfully implemented.

IPA can succeed in advancing the impact of our work on the well-being of our patients and their families by offering valuable expertise to a broader community of stakeholders, across multiple sectors that with us, must also successfully meet the needs of an aging global population. We certainly have experience partnering with the pharmaceutical industry. But, there are other entities outside of the life sciences which also could derive benefits by having more access to our expertise as geriatric mental health care professionals. Below is just a sample of sectors that might be of interest for us to work with through collaborative educational and training activities:

  • Senior care environmental design and architecture firms
  • Consumer product and technology companies
  • Global consultancy practices
  • Large accounting firms
  • Capital investment entities 
  • Financial services industry
  • Insurance firms
  • Law enforcement
  • Criminal and civil law attorneys
  • Elder law and estate planners
  • Senior advocacy organizations
  • Senior residential care industry

I am very pleased that we will address the great opportunities to enhance the value of IPA membership through a new strategic Membership Task Force, led by Board Director, Hilde Verbeek. Hilde and her task force members would welcome your participation and insights on how we can increase the benefits of membership to you.You can contact the Membership Task Force at h.verbeek@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

In an allied fashion, our new strategic Products and Services Task Force, led by Board Director Maria Lapid, will be on the lookout for novel ideas on how we can offer really exciting and engaging educational programs and other desired services to members and other stakeholders who could benefit from our expertise and experience. Maria and her group would also very much welcome your participation and to hear your suggestions or ideas. Please contact them at Lapid.Maria@mayo.edu.

In the coming months, you will hear much more about the work of these IPA task forces as well as our new Advocacy and Public Awareness Task Force led by IPA President- Elect, Manabu Ikeda. We would welcome you serving on this very important group to ensure IPA is collaboratively and effectively advocating at the national and international levels for the needs of older adults at risk of or suffering from cognitive and mental disorders. Please contact Manabu through the IPA secretariat with any suggestions you may have about our advocacy and public awareness work and whether you are interested in contributing to this effort by joining the task force. If you are already involved in advocacy work in your home country or more broadly, please let us know. We would benefit from your expertise and experience.

Lastly, the fall 2020 Lisbon Congress is approaching and we are really fortunate to have an exceptional planning committee led by Raimundo Mateos, Lia Fernandes, and Luiz Cortez Pinto. Much more information about this meeting will be forthcoming as the program is finalized and I encourage you to watch the IPA website for all the latest updates. I hope to see you all there.

In the meantime, I really urge you to send me any suggestions or comments you have on the themes touched on in my message above or any other IPA related topics of interest to you. I can be reached most easily through my IPA email address: president@ipa-online.org. I hope to hear from many of you.

Please accept my Best Wishes and Kindest Regards,

William Reichman

Acknowledgements

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