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New Debate Series on 10 May! Register Now!


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"Concepts of Aging in Different Cultures and Latitudes"

Wednesday May 10th, 2023 at 6:30 AM CDT/IPA Secretariat

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The International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) presents a new Debate Series: "Concepts of Aging in Different Cultures and Latitudes".

As healthcare has become more widespread and effective, the average lifespan has increased greatly over the last 100 years or more. This improvement introduces a range of new topics about older adults, including how different cultures have understood what aging means in their family and social lives, healthcare systems, and worldviews.

In this event, you will hear from psychogeriatric experts from Israel, Mexico, India, and South Africa about what is potentially similar and different in their experiences working with older adults and how the concepts of aging are understood by each of them. You will then be invited to join the discussion and share your own views and responses to our speakers and other attendees.

. We hope to see you there!

  -IPA Debate Series Task Force



Francisco Javier Mesa Rios (Mexico) Medical Doctor, with a degree on Psychiatry. Master of Business Administration focused on Health Care Management. Systemic Psychoterapist, Psychodramatist. Actually working in Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría "Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz" (Mexico) as head of the Health Economics Department.

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Daniela Aisenberg-Shafran (Israel) Dr. Daniela Aisenberg-Shafran is a clinical psychologist, studying Cognitive Neuropsychology in older adults. She is the head department of the MA program for clinical psychology of adulthood and aging and head of the CMA Center for Multigenerational psychotherapy and counseling. Her research deals with identifying cognitive abilities and emotional status that decline with age and seeking methods to improve or moderate that decline. She explores effects of priming, ageism and short mindfulness-based interventions on cognitive performance and psychological distress, in an attempt to promote Aging In Place


Dr. Santosh Loganathan (India)

Santosh Loganathan is Professor of Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru. He is passionate about working to mitigate the stigma associated with mental Illness. His approach includes understanding social and cultural aspects related to stigma and mental health in general. Additional interests include mental health literacy and qualitative research. Clinical work revolves around adult psychiatry and family therapy. He is part of the INDIGO collaborators with an ongoing cross-cultural study to reduce stigma and discrimination.

Dr. Jaco Hoffman (South Africa)

Professor of Socio-Gerontology in the Optentia Research Unit, North- West University, where he leads the Ageing and Generational Dynamics in Africa (AGenDA) programme. He is also Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, where he co-ordinates the African Research Network on Ageing (AFRAN). He is an Honorary Professor in the Institute of Ageing in Africa, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town; a past president of the South African Gerontological Association (SAGA) and founding member of the South African Older Persons Forum. Jaco co-directs the International Longevity Centre (ILC) South Africa and is a director of the International Federation of Ageing (IFA) Board.

Moderator: Edgardo Reich, MD IPA Debate Series- Program Organizer  Hospital Julo Mendez, Universidad de Buenos Aires  ARGENTINA

Moderator: Raimundo MateosMD, PhD IPA Debate Series- Program Organizer Universidad de Santiago de Compostela  SPAIN

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