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March 8, 2022 - The International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) and World Psychiatric Association (WPA) come together in support of protections of Older Persons’ Human Rights in times of crisis. The unprecedented and...
December 9, 2021 - Please join us on 10 December for World Human Rights Day 2021 as we continue the work to ensure older adults, especially those with mental health issues, will not be left behind, discriminated against, or treated unequally.
December 1, 2021 - On 3 December 2021 IPA leaders support International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).
September 21, 2021 - Launched by ADI in 2012, World Alzheimer’s Month is held every September to “raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.” 21 September is recognized as World Alzheimer’s Day.
September 10, 2021 - Join IPA leaders in recognizing 10 September as World Suicide Prevention Day and raise your voice regarding suicide prevention to protect our older adults.
July 14, 2021 - Clarivate Analytics recently released the 2020 Impact Factors and International Psychogeriatrics continues to improve. The impact factor increased by more 32% from 2.940 in 2019 to 3.878 for 2020.
June 29, 2021 - Management of agitation is challenging in the absence of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved pharmacological options. The first-line approach is non-pharmacological and involves caregiver education and environmental adaptations.
June 17, 2021 - The World Dementia Council has now released transcripts along with a series of essays from their Global Dialogue on Advances in Dementia Care.
June 15, 2021 - As a professional organization focused on better mental health for older people, we understand that to break this cycle, all sectors of older adult care must be empowered to identify and take steps to both prevent and stop elder abuse. Please...
June 11, 2021 - As the leading global interdisciplinary voice advancing the mental health of older adults, IPA feels more data must be acquired in a timely fashion to confirm that aducanumab confers clinically significant benefit and is safe.
May 18, 2021 - The World Dementia Council (WDC) has announced their next global dialogues as part of the Dementia Landscape Project. From late 2020 to early 2021, the WDC has held a series of online conversations for 350 global leaders from across the dementia field and around the world.
May 13, 2021 - IPA members are encouraged to use International Day of Families to create discussion around the importance of older adults in our communities and their impact on families. As families become more technologically adept...
May 6, 2021 - We are very proud to present that the project led by IPA Board of Directors member Hilde Verbeek “Creating Value in Nursing Homes” has been nominated for the Value Based Health Care Prize 2021.
April 20, 2021 - Dr. Fei Sun, PhD, MSW has been named as new IPA Bulletin Deputy Editor - Research and Practice.
April 7, 2021 - IPA can have far reaching impact in reducing ageism, improving standards of care, creating and disseminating clinical, educational, and advocacy resources, to name a few. We must strive to ensure that...
April 5, 2021 - Despite fair acceptance in the general population, there are still disputes about the benefits and harms of the bidet toilet.
March 30, 2021 - The availability of cognitive training services is uncommon in most Asia-pacific communities as most interventions are developed and implemented in western countries. Some tools are expensive or...
March 29, 2021 - The International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) and the World PsychiatricAssociation Section of Old Age Psychiatry (WPA-SOAP) join the call to change the status quo. We seek to ensure that older persons with mental health conditions and psychosocial disabilities are...
March 22, 2021 - IPA President, Dr. William Reichman shared his thoughts on behalf of the IPA in this opinion piece published today: "We Are Going to Keep You Safe, Even if It Kills Your Spirit".
March 17, 2021 - On 21 March 2021, the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) supports International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
March 12, 2021 - The Impact of COVID-19 on the Human Rights of Older Persons: An International Dialogue featuring IPA Board Member & ILC Canada Chair, Dr. Kiran Rabheru
February 12, 2021 - Learn more about this unique opportunity for a psychologist to contribute to the work of World Health Organization (WHO) in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
February 10, 2021 - New webinar on 25 February 2021 presented by Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People and the International Federation on Ageing.
February 2, 2021 - On behalf of the International Psychogeriatric Association’s (IPA) President and Board of Directors (BOD), we invite you to apply to serve on the Organizing Committee for the 21st IPA International Congress...
January 25, 2021 - New webinar on 3 February 2021 presented by Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People and the International Federation on Ageing.
January 22, 2021 - The UN Human Rights Office of the High Commission has issued a call for contributions, deadline 22 March 2021.
January 20, 2021 - IPA committees offer an excellent way to connect with peers around the globe.
January 18, 2021 - We are pleased to welcome three new Deputy Editors to three year terms with the IPA Journal: International Psychogeriatrics.
January 11, 2021 - On behalf of the International Psychogeriatric Association’s (IPA) President and Executive Committee (EC), we invite you to be part of the newly established Name Change Task Force (NCTF).
December 17, 2020 - The International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) advocates for the rights of older persons across the full spectrum of health and aging. IPA’s goal is to...
December 14, 2020 - Applicants are being sought for the position of Deputy Editor of International Psychogeriatrics (IPG), the prestigious academic journal owned by the International Psychogeriatric Association.
December 10, 2020 - “Every older adult in each community around the world, has the right to be treated with respect and dignity.”
December 7, 2020 - These updated criteria are published in the December issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Criteria for Psychosis in Major and Mild Neurocognitive Disorders: International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) Consensus Clinical and Research Definition). The main differences of the 2020 consensus...
November 19, 2020 - IPA Board member Kiran Rabheru MD, CCFP, FRCP, DABPN has been named chair of The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP).
November 18, 2020 - Currently published in both Dutch and Spanish, this book tells the story of the author's niece, along with her cousin, a cat and a dog, who undertake a wonderful journey to their grandmother's brain to understand what is happening...
November 16, 2020 - Prof. dr. Hilde Verbeek, IPA Board Member, has been named to new post.
October 30, 2020 - We do not need specific human rights for older people – human rights are universal, as captured in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). What is needed, however, is to articulate more clearly how human rights can best be...
October 22, 2020 - "The COVID-19 pandemic has starkly revealed many sad truths about the inadequate health, social circumstances and well-being of older adults around the world."
October 21, 2020 - The Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) has generously shared their resources on Alcohol, Benzodiazepine, Cannabis and Opioid Use Disorders.
October 15, 2020 - Although many patients affected by the SARS-CoV-2 infection are asymptomatic or show very mild signs and symptoms, physicians must be mindful that some patients may present with atypical neurological symptoms which can...
October 9, 2020 - IPA members are experts in older adult mental health and this World Mental Health Day is your opportunity to start discussions on how mental health affects those of all ages- not just the young.
September 30, 2020 - By recognizing and celebrating International Day of Older Persons, we have a platform on which to promote a society hospitable to and supportive of people of all ages.
September 21, 2020 - This 21 September, the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) joins Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and national Alzheimer’s organizations around the world in raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia.
September 21, 2020 - For World Alzheimer’s Day, BBC World Service is helping to expand the international music catalogue to create a rich database linking communities across the world through music.
September 10, 2020 - IPA stands together with all advocates to call attention to World Suicide Prevention Day.
September 2, 2020 - IPA members are invited to submit to this special issue of International Perspectives of Psychology Journal from the American Psychological Association (APA). This is a special issue focusing on women's experiences during COVID-19.
July 1, 2020 - Clarivate Analytics recently released the 2019 Impact Factors and International Psychogeriatrics continues to improve. The impact factor increased by more than 18% from 2.478 in 2018 to 2.940 in 2019.
June 25, 2020 - The Baycrest Quick-Response Caregiver Tool is intended for use by both formal and informal caregivers when dealing iwth neuropsychiatric behaviors in persons with dementia.
June 15, 2020 - IPA stands together with all advocates to call attention to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).
May 23, 2020 - In collaboration with INTERDEM, this unique webinar brought together international speakers to share their experiences focusing on geriatric mental health, specifically...
April 20, 2020 - Now accessible to all, no travel required - the IPA has announced it is going virtual with the 2020 International Congress. Watch the IPA website for more information including full program lineup and registration in early June.
April 11, 2020 - IPA has compiled a number of resources and articles on COVID-19, mental health and the impact on the elderly population.
April 3, 2020 - IPA Secretariat contact emails...
March 31, 2020 - Nominations are currently being accepted for the Board of Directors of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA). The Board of Directors guides IPA, positioning it as a world leader in the field of psychogeriatrics.
March 20, 2020 - Update on COVID-19 Preparedness at the IPA 2020 Congress:
Message from IPA President, Dr. William Reichman
March 18, 2020 - Professor Wang MD, PhD, Executive Vice President of Alzheimer's Disease China and Peking University of Mental Health, National Clinical Research Center for Mental Disorders presents on novel Coronavirus COVID-19 experiences.
March 6, 2020 - One of IPA’s allied society, the Italian Psychogeriatric Society, announced the establishment of a national day to combat the loneliness of the elderly in 2018. Because of the seriousness of the issue and the importance to raise awareness to end loneliness, the Advocacy and Awareness Task force of the IPA decided to support this initiative.
March 5, 2020 - Educational literature has proved that vicarious experiences are one of the most efficient ways to gain understanding and develop empathy, especially in the field of mental health. Since 2016, throughout the UK, Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) has been developing...
February 13, 2020 - In a paper that appears in International Psychogeriatrics, Dr Walter Dawson, DPhil; Dr Harris Eyre, MD, PhD; and others introduce BIND and consider the effects of ‘deep’ technologies—including infotech, biotech, genomics, and robotics—on brain health screening, prevention, diagnosis and management.
Novel Intervention in Senior Housing Communities Increases Resilience and Wisdom and Lowers Stress Levels
February 7, 2020 - The multi-site study, published in the February 5, 2019 online issue of International Psychogeriatrics, used an intervention called Raise Your Resilience (RYR) and found an increase in resilience as well as wisdom, and a significant reduction in the level of daily stress experience by the seniors.
February 3, 2020 - Providing care for people with cognitive impairments can be very challenging. How do we create a balance between providing quality of care and safety while maintaining dignity and autonomy? Should we lock the door to prevent people from going outside, or respect their freedom with the risk that they get lost? Distressed by these dilemmas, caregivers may choose...
January 13, 2020 - IPA President, Dr. William Reichman shared his thoughts on behalf of the IPA in this opinion piece published today: The Many Ways of Coping With Alzheimer’s.
January 2, 2020 - A list of the top 10 most cited articles in the IPA's Journal: International Psychogeriatrics.
December 12, 2019 - SPRINT-MIND was a pre-planned sub-study of the SPRINT trial. To test the hypothesis that intensive blood pressure reduction...
September 20, 2019 - Bulletin Editor-in-Chief Dr. Tzung-Jeng Hwang reviews the 2019 Joint International Congress.
September 20, 2019 - Professor Raimundo Mateos, IPA Immediate Past President and Chair of the 2019 IPA/ SEPG Joint International Congress shares his welcome address from Santiago de Compostela.
September 9, 2019 - The Alzheimer's Association announces its International Research Grant Program. LOI is now open with a deadline of 30 September 2019.
June 27, 2019 - Clarivate Analytics recently released the 2018 Impact Factors and International Psychogeriatrics saw an increase this year – a 9.7% rise from 2017 Impact Factors of 2.26 to 2.48 in 2018.
June 17, 2019 - These are important studies for those of us working with older adults because in both cases, the authors used nationally representative samples, and examined the use of these agents, specifically for sleep rather than for other indications such as anxiety or low mood.
June 10, 2019 - Throughout the AAGP Annual Meeting, research of the AAGP membership was highlighted through many CME sessions, including New Research and a Late Breaking Poster Session. Presenters included several IPA members and other leaders...
June 5, 2019 - Taking the opportunity of the 2019 AD/PD meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, IPA convened a group of experts to re-examine the definition of psychosis in dementia on 31 March 2019. The purpose was to provide updated criteria for clinical use and research application.
May 20, 2019 - Dr. Professor Manfred Bergener, first President of the International Psychogeriatric Association (1982-1987), passed away earlier this spring.
May 14, 2019 - Risk factors for elder abuse include cognitive impairment in the victim, physical function impairment, psychological distress, and disruptive behaviors, heavy caregiver burden, substance abuse in the perpetrator, the victim’s social isolation, and previous trauma. Consequences of elder abuse include increased...
May 2, 2019 - Papers are now being solicited for the IPA Junior Research Awards in Psychogeriatrics – 2019 competition. The award presentation will take place during the IPA International Congress, 31 August – 3 September 2019, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
April 10, 2019 - Presbyopia is a common ophthalmological condition that occurs after middle age and is highly common in those older than age 65. According to a recently published systematic review(1), the global prevalence of presbyopia...
April 1, 2019 - In collaboration with the Institute of Cognitive Neurology (INECO) Foundation and Universidad Favaloro in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the IPA has...
March 20, 2019 - IPA and Spanish Affiliate SEPG have opened the call for pre-congress workshops to take place on 31 August 2019.
March 7, 2019 - When we set priorities, we can address those issues considered to be most important by researchers, but also by people providing care, and most importantly, by people living with dementia and their caregivers.
February 20, 2019 - Application procedures and key dates are now available, visit alz.org/grants for information regarding eligibility and requirements.
January 30, 2019 - The REGIDEM group was formed in 2014 and is composed of professionals from the social, health, and research sectors of dementia with a common goal of promoting knowledge and improving life quality for people suffering from dementia.
January 17, 2019 - The Alzheimer's Association International Conference® (AAIC®) Lifetime Achievement Awards honor individuals who have made significant fundamental contributions to Alzheimer's research, either through...
January 3, 2019 - A team led by Dilip Jeste, MD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences and director of the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging, found that moderate to severe loneliness persisted across the adult lifespan, but was particularly...
December 19, 2018 - There have been two recent publications of which IPA members should be aware, pertaining to cognition in older adulthood. One is an update of guidelines on assessment and treatment of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and the second is a publication of...
December 6, 2018 - One of the major issues regarding risk and older people is the need to find a balance between conflicting expectations, fulfilling organisational and professional risk management obligations and promoting an older adults right to independence and autonomy.
November 29, 2018 - Dr. Laura Valzolgher reviews the diagnostic criteria for Limbic Encephalitis along with treatment and outcomes.
October 23, 2018 - ADI has announced the first in a series of three webinars; creating a unique opportunity for the general public and Alzheimer and dementia associations to engage directly with health and social care professionals and companies involved in dementia research and clinical trials.
August 27, 2018 - Like last year, there were more than 90 sessions, more than 1,500 posters and 6 preconference workshops. A total of more than 5000...
August 15, 2018 - New this year, IPA held a social event at the Shedd Aquarium on Wednesday, 25 July.
July 17, 2018 - The IPA team are getting ready to attend the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2018 at McCormick Place, Chicago...
May 31, 2018 - Insomnia and daytime sleepiness are now known to be more than symptoms of dementia. They are drivers of somatic illness and cognitive decline. Sleep and wake disorders are also...
May 24, 2018 - New IPA supported program scheduled for 13 September 2018
May 14, 2018 - IPA President-Elect, Dr. William Reichman has been named Co-Chair of the new Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia created...
April 25, 2018 - In collaboration with the Institute of Cognitive Neurology (INECO) Foundation and Universidad Favaloro in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the IPA has...
April 18, 2018 - Nominations will close at midnight CDT Monday, 30 April 2018 for Students or Early Career professionals interested in serving on this new IPA Council...
March 30, 2018 - CLAHRC NWC creates a platform for researchers, the public, National Health Service (NHS) Trusts, and local government bodies to meet, create, and conduct research which can be applied directly to improve health and reduce health inequalities.
March 20, 2018 - While the number of people affected by dementia is increasing worldwide and estimated to reach 152 million by 2050, the majority of people affected (50-80% in different European countries) live at home. Family members are...
March 9, 2018 - The findings from this study support the continued use of ECT in patients with severe episodes of mood disorders, including those who are elderly,” wrote Merete Osler, D.Msc., of the Center...
March 2, 2018 - Professors Wang and Peisah are now recruiting candidates to serve on this global leadership Council from multiple disciplines including geriatric psychology, psychogeriatrics...
February 19, 2018 - Gray Matters is a multi-domain behavioural intervention, conducted by Prof. Maria Norton at Utah State University (USA) and subsequently initiated in Rome in partnership with Sapienza University of Rome. The program uses a novel smartphone application...
January 25, 2018 - Dr. Dilip Jeste, Editor-in-Chief of International Psychogeriatrics and lead author of a newly published paper, and colleagues have spent years studying the nature of wisdom, from its definition and assessment to its neurobiology.
January 21, 2018 - Dr Mark Rapoport, MD, FRCPC; IPA Bulletin Deputy Editor, Research and Practice looks at a 12-week double blind, randomized controlled single-site trial of methylphenidate versus placebo...
January 16, 2018 - Professor Guk-Hee Suh, IPA Bulletin Assistant Editor, discusses suicide rates in Korea from an economic, social and global perspective...
January 11, 2018 - Dr. Karen Reimers looks at substance abuse in the elderly, a growing public health concern & a timely topic for geriatric clinicians - as well as the focus of a recent half-day course at the World Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in Berlin...
December 19, 2017 - The International Pscyhogeriatric Association (IPA), the global leader in the geriatric mental health field, today announced...
October 31, 2017 - In 2011, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Alzheimer's Association published revised...
October 12, 2017 - Upcoming grant opportunities scheduled to open in February 2018. Application procedures and key dates will be available January 2018, visit...
September 20, 2017 - Professor Guk-Hee Suh, IPA Bulletin Assistant Editor, provides a review of the 11th International Congress of the Asian Society Against Dementia...
September 14, 2017 - IPA is now taking applications for a new Web/ Social Media editor for ipa-online.org
September 7, 2017 - A brief review of the AAIC Conference in London July 2017 by IPA Bulletin Editor Dr Tzung-Jeng Hwang...
August 21, 2017 - The editorial team is now collecting more ideas to improve the quarterly Bulletin...
August 16, 2017 - IPA is pleased to announce the election of three new members...
July 9, 2017 - The IPA team are getting ready to attend the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017 at ExCel London, where...
July 7, 2017 - IPA is pleased to announce that Dr. Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. has been chosen as the new Editor-in-Chief of International Psychogeriatrics, the prestigious academic journal...
June 15, 2017 - Clarivate Analytics released the 2016 Impact Factors yesterday, and International Psychogeriatrics saw another increase this year – a 9% rise from 2015 Impact Factors of 2.220 to 2.423 in 2016.
June 13, 2017 - As previously reported, the WHO proposed for all categories related to dementia to be categorized in the ICD-11 chapter on Diseases of the Nervous System. IPA joined...
May 10, 2017 - Join IPA Members at the APA Annual Meeting 5 May 2017 in San Diego, CA USA
April 4, 2017 - The International Psychogeriatric Association Asian Regional Meeting (IPA-AR), which was held in Taipei, Taiwan from 9-11 December 2016, brought together more than 400 delegates from 24 countries. Each participant contributed a unique set of experiences and expertise, but all shared a common interest in geriatric psychiatry.
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: