Tuesday, 19 August 2003: 09:00-10:30
Michigan Room (Sheraton Hotel and Towers)

S029 Is 'Clinical Neurosciences' the Future Home of Psychogeriatrics?: An International Perspective

Is 'Clinical Neurosciences' the future home of Psychogeriatrics?: an international perspective This symposium will highlight the need for an integrated approach among different but related medical disciplines in understanding and treating 'neuropsychiatric' disorders. These include: the behavioural and psychiatric symptoms of dementia (BPSD); stroke-related psychiatric syndromes; the neuropsychiatric sequelae of traumatic brain injury; and mood disorders secondary to a variety of brain lesions and degenerative disorders. It is desirable, if not probable, that a blurring of medical disciplines will better accomodate the diverse aspects and needs of this growing population. Geriatric Psychiatry, Geriatric Medicine, Neurology and Primary Care must all play a central role in shaping the future of medical training, education and service delivery for this vulnerable group of patients. This symposium will include a brief history of the development of Psychogeriatrics with particular emphasis on the role of IPA and its history. Without a sense of history the future is even more difficult to address. The experience of a Brazilian multi-disciplinary organization focused on Geriatric Neuropsychiatry will be shared. Further perspectives from Japan and Israel will focus on Neurology and the neurobiological basis of mental disorders in old age. Finally, the perspective of 'Geriatrics at a crossroad' will be presented. While the role of allied health disciplines is central to the care and understanding of this patient population this symposium will focus primarily on the challenges for the integration of related medical disciplines particularly in terms of medical training. This symposium presents an opportunity to stretch our imaginations as we speculate about the optimal future for our field and for the patients we serve. Challenges and obstacles to its ideal development need to be identified and addressed.
Chair:Kenneth I. Shulman
 S029-001 A Brief History of IPA and the Field of Psychogeriatrics
Sanford Finkel
 S029-002 A Neurological Perspective of Mental Disorders in Old Age
Amos Korczyn
 S029-003 Evolving Strategies for the Integration of the Related Specialties Devoted to the Field of Clinical Neurosciences and Aging: A View from Geriatric Medicine
Joao Carlos Machado
 S029-004 Geriatric Psychiatry and the Future of Clinical Neurosciences
Kenneth I. Shulman
 S029-005 Neuropsychiatric Aspects of Mental Disorders in Old Age
Koho Miyoshi

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