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Live Program


The Abstract Book is now available for download here.

Reminder: All LIVE sessions will be recorded and available in the LIVE-ARCHIVE for viewing after 16 December 2021.

For 2021, the LIVE program will be spread across five separate days:

1 November
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18 November
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23 November
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1 December
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10 December
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Day 1Monday, 1 November 2021
START TIME: 12:00pm CT/ Secretariat
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Welcome and Opening Address
Dr Manabu Ikeda, IPA President-Elect (Japan)
Opening Keynote: Reporter's Notebook- A Journalist's Perspective on Covering Dementia
Ms Katie Engelhart (Canada and United States) 
Ms Engelhart's recent book, The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die, takes a look at assisted death, euthanasia and end-of-life medicine. In her Keynote presentation, she describes her work as a journalist who covers older adult healthcare and dementia and discusses emerging subjects in older adult care.  

1:15-1:25 Break


Presentation: Artificial Intelligence in Geriatric Mental Health: Recent Advances in Clinical Research
Presenters will address the underutilization of artificial intelligence (AI) in psychiatric research, especially in the field of aging research. The increased individual-level heterogeneity associated with aging; complex trajectories of decline in cognitive, mental, and physical health; and lack and slow adoption of older adult-centered technologies present great challenges to advancing the field. However, advances in the field of explainable AI and transdisciplinary development of AI approaches can address the unique challenges of aging research.

Dr Ellen Lee
(United States)
Prof Helmet Karim
(United States)
Dr Andrea Iaboni
Dr Ipsit Vahia
(United States)


Presentation: Neuropsychiatric symptoms influence performance of activities of daily living in symptomatic Alzheimer's disease.
Prof Panagiotis Alexopoulos (Greece)
Based on analysis of data of 189 cognitively intact older individuals (CI) and 130 patients with either minor or major neurocognitive disorder due to AD we shed light on the impact of neuropsychiatric symptoms on functional performance, the assessment of which is crucial for the diagnosis of mild and major neurocognitive disorder. Neuropsychiatric symptoms in symptomatic Alzheimer’s disease belong to the predictors of both complex and basic activities of daily living.

2:45-2:50 Break
Presentation: Anticholinergic Burden: Study in a psychiatry of later life cohort*
Dr Liam Kennedy (Ireland)
*Early Career Network Award Winner
In this presentation, the concept of the anticholinergic burden will be summarised, before a cross-sectional study of the degree of anticholinergic prescribing (as measured by the Anticholinergic Effect on Cognition (AEC) scale) in a specialist Psychiatry of Later Life service in rural Ireland is examined.


Day 2Thursday, 18 November 2021
START TIME: 10:00am CT/ Secretariat

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Welcome Address
Lia Fernandes, MD, PhD (Portugal)

Presentation: Care Home Residents as Artists: Digital Connections in the age of Disconnect
Dr Nicola Abraham (pictured left) with Rachel Hudspith (pictured right) (United Kingdom)
Throughout the current global pandemic, many people have had to adapt to new ways of interacting through virtual platforms. For those with access to new technologies this transition has been straightforward, but not easy and for those without it, life has become socially isolating, frightening, and lonely. In this presentation, we explore the impact of a series of digital applied theatre projects undertaken as a collaboration between the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, One Housing and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust on the participants’ wellbeing and examine the importance of providing older adults opportunities to be creative.

Presentation: Music Therapy Intervention to reduce Care giver distress at end of life - A feasibility study
Dr Kevin Whitford (United States)
This presentation will review the results of a feasibility study evaluating research methodology to measure the impact of music therapy on distress in caregivers of end of life patients.  The music therapy intervention will be described and the validated instruments utilized to determine the impact of the intervention will be reviewed.  The rates of completion of the evaluative instruments will be discussed as well as the subject satisfaction with participating in the study.  Challenges and opportunities in performing a full scale research study will be discussed.

Presentation: The Meaning of Companion-Animal Support in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: An Integrative Review*
Peter Reniers (The Netherlands)
*Early Career Network Award Winner
Because of an aging population and increasing number of community-dwelling older adults (CDOA) receiving long-term care, many Western countries have reformed their healthcare system to reduce costs and improve care. A source of support for CDOA may be their pets. In Western countries, approximately half of the households owns pets. Some studies support the idea that pets can provide social support and improve the mental, physical, and social wellbeing of CDOA. At this time there is little attention from healthcare organisations for this phenomenon and few healthcare organisations have implemented guidelines or tools concerning pets of healthcare clients. This integrative review of qualitative studies attempted to provide more insight into the roles and the meaning of pets in the support system of CDOA.


11:10-11:20 Break

Masterclass – Meet Experts in the field of Mental Health Care for Older Adults
Moderated by Dr Victor Ojo (Australia)

The masterclass is an exciting 90 minute session that will showcase six diverse experts in the field. Early Career Professionals can learn from this diverse panel what each speaker's career trajectory was and how their paths shifted through the years.


Panelists –

Mr John Brennan
Dr Mary Sano
(United States)
Prof Huali Wang
(PR China)
Dr Dilip Jeste
(United States)
Prof Elizabeth Galik
(United States)
Dr Hans Hobbelen
(The Netherlands)


Day 3Tuesday, 23 November 2021
START TIME: 5:00am CT/ Secretariat

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Welcome Address

Presentation: Alzheimer’s disease and dementia diagnostic challenges and future directions in Hispanic populations
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia has emerged as a significant societal issue and a global priority. The prevalence of dementia is rising more rapidly in low and middle income countries (LMIC) than in high income countries. A growing body of evidence shows that prevention through risk factor management is the key to reducing the burden of dementia in the society, especially in LMIC. However, a one-size-fits all approach to health promotion is neither efficient nor effective. Latin American countries (LAC) have unique challenges related to dementia, including rapid aging population, high admixture degree and risk factors profile, which influence the prevalence and presentation of dementia. During this session, we will present findings and tools that will help tailor and personalize risk factor management in Hispanics populations.

Dr Juan de Jesus Llibre Rodriguez
Dr Jorge Jesus L. Llibre-Guerra
(United States)
Dr Ivonne Jimenez Velazquez
(Puerto Rico)
Dr Daisy Acosta
(Dominican Republic)
Ms Ana Rodriguez-Salgado
(United States)


Presentation: Decisional Capacity and advanced care planning in older people who are incarcerated
Dr Dionne Hart (United States)
From 2000 to 2005, the percentage of prisoners in federal and state correctional institutions who were 55 and older increased by 33%. Individuals within the criminal justice system have a higher burden of chronic physical and health disorders and have a lower life expectancy. As the world population continues to age, the number of older people who are incarcerated and unable to make healthcare decisions will continue to increase. In this special population, correctional system clinicians and providers need to be familiar with strategies to address the need for advance care planning before older people lose decisional capacity. The presenter will use a case presentation to explore the issues of capacity and substitute decision-making for individuals involved in the criminal justice system who have severe mental and physical health disorders.


Presentation: Psychological distress and support needs of community residing older adults in urban India
Prof Jayashree Dasgupta (India)
The COVID pandemic in India and under prepared health systems have affected wellbeing of older adults. Low public awareness about mental health issues and stigma also contribute to low help seeking. This presentation will examine COVID impact on mental health of older adults and present findings from a mixed methods study that was conducted as part of a community engagement initiative with older adults and their families during the first and second waves of the pandemic in India. The presentation will highlight challenges faced by older adults, coping strategies, and issues around professional help seeking, with a call to action for leveraging technology and tele mental health solutions for older adults.

Presentation: Holocaust survivor’s residence in Israel and Nursing homes around the world during COVID-19
Dr Assaf Shelef (Israel)
This presentation explains how a long term care facility in Israel handled four waves of COVID19 with safety vs autonomy preservation.

Presentation: DemenTitudeTM in Dementia Care education, The implication of perceived needs of people with dementia and front line caring staff in Hong Kong’s residents homes
Dr Kenny Chui (Hong Kong)
In Hong Kong’s residential care homes, the caring staff are vital assets in sustaining care services for older adults and maintaining daily operations, they perform significant roles in providing care and responding to people with dementia. Therefore, the training offered by the local government should cover competence in providing care and offer mental preparation and psychological support to the caring staff. In addition, a reflective learning and proper caring attitude which is termed as DemenTitudeTM should be implemented in the future dementia care education of Hong Kong.

Presentation: Effect of a Chronic Disease Self-Management Support Program for Spouse Caregivers of Relatives with Dementia in Shanghai, China: A Randomised Controlled Study*
 Xiaoshan Rong (China)
*Early Career Network Award Winner
The study will introduce a chronic disease self-management support program which integrated into social support group as the core intervention strategy for caregivers of persons with dementia. We will provide some preliminary information regarding ways to improve self-management for caregivers of persons with dementia in mainland China.

Day 4Wednesday, 1 December 2021
START TIME: 12:00pm CT/ Secretariat

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Welcome Address
Dr. Daisy Acosta, MD (Dominican Republic)


Presentation: IPA Guidelines on Dementia and Agitation: From Provisional to Final
Moderated by Mr. Michael Splaine (United States)

Agitation is common across neuropsychiatric disorders and contributes to disability, institutionalization, and diminished quality of life for patients and their caregivers. In 2015 IPA convened a transparent process to build a consensus definition of agitation and agreement on what elements should be included in the syndrome that resulted in publication of provisional guidelines. (Cummings et al, 2015)   In the 2020-2021 year, the presenters are members of a new workgroup to make final the provisional consensus definition of agitation in patients with cognitive disorders that can be applied in epidemiologic, non-interventional clinical, pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic interventional, and neurobiological studies and guide treatment.

Dr Mary Sano
(United States)
Dr Jeffrey Cummings
(United States)
Dr Corinne Fischer
Dr Krista Lanctôt
Dr Jacobo Mintzer
(United States)
Dr Paul Rosenberg
(United States)


Presentation: The impact of changes in activities offered on care professional burden during the COVID-19 visitor ban in longterm care facilities
Dr Henriette van der Roest (The Netherlands)
During the COVID-19 outbreak, many countries imposed national visitor-bans for long term care facilities (LTCFs). The usual meaningful and pleasant day structure that is created through organized (group) activities, was heavily impacted by the visitor ban. It remains unclear which particular types of activities were stopped, whether ‘alternative’ activities were introduced that may acquire a structural character in the future, and how this affected care workers. During this presentation the results of a study conducted in the Netherlands among LTCF residents, family members and care workers during and after the national visitor-ban are presented and discussed.



Presentation: Person-centred infection prevention and control during a pandemic: the Dementia Isolation Toolkit
Dr Andrea Iaboni (Canada)
People working in long-term care (LTC) have been asked to strictly enforce infection control measures made necessary by COVID-19 with an impact on their moral distress. We developed the Dementia Isolation Toolkit (DIT) to help support the delivery of person-centred isolation care and address moral distress in LTC staff. In this presentation, we will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on moral distress in LTC staff, and the use of the DIT to build moral resilience.

Presentation: The impact of Function Focused Care in Assisted Living Communities in the United States During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Prof Elizabeth Galik (United States)
The purpose of this session is to describe the impact of an intervention designed to optimize the functional ability and physical activity of assisted living residents during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.  The relationship between COVID-19 restrictions and behavioral symptoms of assisted living residents will also be discussed.

Presentation: Are visits allowed? The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on care home visitation and care delivery in the UK
Dr Clarissa Giebel (United Kingdom)
We spoke to care home staff and family carers about the effects of restrictions on care home visitation across the UK. Data were collected in October/November 2020 and March 2021. In that time, vaccination was rolled out as well as increased testing, so our presentation is looking at how these changes have affected care home visitation and the lives of residents and families.



Presentation: Changes to post-diagnostic dementia support in England and Wales during the Covid 19 Pandemic
Dr Alison Wheatley (United Kingdom)
This session presents the results of a qualitative study of the experiences of professionals working in dementia care in England and Wales during the COVID-19 pandemic. It explores changes made to services during the pandemic and the impact of these changes on the delivery of good post-diagnostic dementia support.

Presentation: Involvement, Worries and Loneliness of Family Caregivers of People with Dementia during the COVID-19 Visitor-ban in Long-term Care Facilities
Ms Marlene Prins (The Netherlands)
In this presentation, the impact of the visitor bans in long-term care facilities for people with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic on family caregivers will be discussed. The central question is “what the relationship between involvement of family caregivers before the visitor ban and their mental health during the visitor ban”. Possible implications of the findings will be discussed as well.

Day 5Friday, 10 December 2021
START TIME: 8:00am CT/ Secretariat

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Welcome and Closing Address
Dr William Reichman, IPA President (Canada)



Presentation: A global perspective on dignity based psychogeriatric care: An urgent call for a convention on rights for older people
The world is ageing fast with a renewed emphasis on comprehensive healthcare for older people. This has created a paradigm shift towards rights and social justice-based approach to augment the medical model of mental healthcare. Dignity is one such multi-faceted concept consisting of privacy, independence, inclusion, autonomy, etc., factors often neglected in conventional psychogeriatric care. Geriatric psychiatry is uniquely positioned to equip mental healthcare with a ‘dignity-based’ approach promoting social connectedness and health equality. This further needs integration into all levels of public health for better access and holistic psychosocial management. With this background and on the backdrop on the unique psychosocial challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, this symposium glances at various dimensions of dignity-based psychogeriatric care.

Dr Debanjan Banerjee
Dr Kiran Rabheru
Dr Carlos Lima
Gabriel Iybijaro




Presentation: ECT-AD Ethic and Informed consent issues
Dr Lou Nykamp (United States)
This presentation will cover some of the complexities our research project has encountered over the last two years while implementing a multi-site trail of an ECT intervention in the setting of severe dementia with agitation and aggression- necessitating the involvement of a surrogate decision maker in the consent process.    The presentation will outline example consent requirements in the five states included in our study, and will compare and contrast consent practices across the multiple sites.   The presentation will emphasize the need to be very aware of the legal consent requirements in each site when conducting a multi-site trial, and to account for these differences in the study protocol. 

Presentation: End of life decision making capacity in older people with serious mental health illness
Prof Carla Kotzé (South Africa)
The end-of-life preferences of older people with serious mental illness are a neglected research area, especially in developing countries. This study's main finding was that two thirds of hundred participants over the age of 60 with serious mental illness had end-of-life decision making capacity. It emphasises the individual and contextual nature of decision-making capacity and the importance of consideration of healthcare-related values. Chronological age should never be used as a reason for discrimination and older populations with serious mental illness should be encouraged to participate in healthcare decisions and advance care planning.




Debate: Human Rights & the Mental Health of Older Persons
Dr Dawne Garrett (pictured left, United Kingdom) with Prof Liat Ayalon (pictured right, Israel)
Human rights of older people and especially those with mental health and/or neurological conditions are violated worldwide. In honor of World Human Right’s Day, the 2021 IPA Virtual Congress Committee presents an educational debate addressing human rights and the mental health of older adults as it relates to long-term care. Prof. Liat Ayalon and Dr. Dawne Garett will address and debate the following statement live: “Older people have the right to choose where they live and who cares for them when they are unable to care for themselves”.

Closing Remarks



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