Old Age Psychiatry

Section Board

Reinhard HEUN, Chair

Gabriela STOPPE, Co-Chair

Florian RIESE, Secretary

Carlos Augusto DE MENDONCA LIMA, Councillor

Horacio FIRMINO, Councillor

Jacques GAUILLARD, Councillor

Aims & Objectives

Section's mission

To promote the discipline of Old Age Psychiatry within the framework of EPA through the following objectives:

Section's objectives

  1. ensuring that EPA Executive Committee and the Board are well informed of Old Age psychiatry issues
  2. organising symposia and workshops at EPA congresses
  3. collaborating with other international organisations with similar interests and participating in major international meetings relevant to the discipline
  4. developing and disseminating educational material for practitioners in the field
  5. providing technical support to relevant national organisation and EPA members

Activities

Meetings/events

Comorbidities in Geriatric Psychiatry: an EPA-SGP

Description:

European Congress of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany, 1-4 March 2014

Chair: Carlos Augusto de Mendonça Lima; Co-Chair: Gabriel Ivbijaro

Speaker 1: Franz Verrey: Identification of comorbidity as a preventive strategy for dementia

Speaker 2: Pierre Bauman: Polypharmacy in geriatric psychiatry: Risks and management of pharmacokinetic interactions

Speaker 3: Gabriel Ivbijaro: Primary care, long-term conditions and mental health co-morbidity: resource implications

Speaker 4: Carlos Augusto de Mendonça Lima: Public health issues of comorbities in geriatric psychiatry


Venue: Munich, Germany


Psychotic disorders in older persons: an EPA-WFMH

Description:

International Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health & the Hellenic Psychiatric Association. Athens, 9-11 october 2014.

Chairs: Carlos Augusto de Mendonça Lima & Nicoleta Tataru

Speaker 1: Nicoleta Tataru: Late-life schizophrenia

Speaker 2: J. Gauillard: Taking care of aging schizophrenia in nursing homes: a challenge?

Speaker 3: Th. Gallarda: Late-onset paranoid psychosis: an operational concept in elderly psychiatry

Speaker 4: C. Augusto de Mendonça Lima: The WHO consultation group on the classification of mental and behavioral disorders in older adults: the classification of psychotic disorders.


Venue: Athens, Greece


An update on the interface of dementia, physical h

Description:

23rd European Congress of Psychiatry, Vienna, Austria, March 28-31, 2015

Chairs: Heun Reinhard, Derby, UK & Riese Florian, Zurich, Switzerland

Speakers:

Speaker 1: Dieter Schoepf, Bonn, Germany: Co-morbidity and mortality in Alzheimer's disease 

Speaker 2: Lucrezia Hausner, Mannheim, Germany: The relevance and diagnostic and therapeutic implications of early markers of dementia and new types of diagnostic criteria

Speaker 3: Anton Gietl, Zurich, Switzerland: PET-imaging of cerebral glucose metabolism and of cerebral beta-amyloid-deposition and its value for the understanding, early detection and differential diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease

Speaker 4: Florian Riese, Zurich, Switzerland: An update on current treatment strategies for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia


Venue: Vienna, Austria


Geriatric Psychiatry and primary care mental healt

Description:

23rd European Congress of Psychiatry, Vienna, Austria, March 28-31, 2015

Chairs: Carlos Augusto de Mendonça Lima, Guimaraes, Portugal & Henk Parmentier, London, UK

Speaker 1: Gabriela Stoppe, Basel, Switzerland, Ambulatory care for dementia in Switzerland: results of a nationwide survey 

Speaker 2: Henk Parmentier, London, UK, Primary Care for Older Persons with Mental Disorders at UK

Speaker 3: Johannes Wancata, Wien, Austria, Carer's Needs Assessment for Dementia

Speaker 4: Carlos Augusto de Mendonça Lima , Guimaraes, Portugal, Primary Care Mental Health for Older Persons and the WHO Mental Health Plan 2013- 2020


Venue: Vienna, Austria


Mental Health in Nursing Homes: Current Best Practice
24th European Congress of Psychiatry, Madrid, Spain; 12-15 March 2016
Chairs: Reinhard Heun, Derby, United Kingdom; Florian Riese, Zurich, Switzerland

Description:

Mental Health in Nursing Homes: Current Best Practice
24th European Congress of Psychiatry, Madrid, Spain; 12-15 March 2016
Chairs: Reinhard Heun, Derby, United Kingdom; Florian Riese, Zurich, Switzerland
Speaker 1: Carlos Augusto de Mendonc̀§a Lima, Switzerland: Organizing Mental Health Care in Nursing Homes: How, by Whom and What for?
Speaker 2: Florian Riese, Switzerland: Mental Health of Swiss Nursing Home Residents: Epidemiological Data from the ZULIDAD Study
Speaker 3: Jacques Gauillard, France: Treating Chronically Psychotic Patients in Nursing Homes
Speaker 4: Brigitte Hobl, Austria: Modell Donaustadt: A Best-Practice Example for Treatment of Mental and Physical Comorbidity in Long-Term Care 


Venue: Conference centre Madrid


Date: 14/03/2016


Attendance: 50


Old age psychiatry - towards the future
24th European Congress of Psychiatry, Madrid, Spain; 12-15 March 2016
Chairs: Gabriela Stoppe, Basel, Switzerland; Manuel Martin-Carrasco, Pamplona, Spain

Description:

Old age psychiatry - towards the future

24th European Congress of Psychiatry, Madrid, Spain; 12-15 March 2016
Chairs: Gabriela Stoppe, Basel, Switzerland; Manuel Martin-Carrasco, Pamplona, Spain
Speaker 1: Gabriela Stoppe, Basel, Switzerland: Old and new reasons for specialisation
Speaker 2: Raimundo Mateos, Santiago de Compostela, Spain: Old Age Psychiatry in the XXI century: old principles new challenges
Speaker 3: Martin Orrell, London, United Kingdom; Training in old age psychiatry: the 30 countries' perspective
Speaker 4: Richard C Oude Voshaar, Groningen, Netherlands: Harmonisation of European Training 


Venue: Conference Centre Madrid


Date: 14/03/2016


Old Age Depression: Do we need a Special Approach

Description:

Old Age Depression: Do we need a Special Approach

24th European Congress of Psychiatry, Madrid; 12-15 March 2016
Chairs: Reinhard Heun, Derby, United Kingdom
Speaker 1: Heun Reinhard, Bonn, Germany; Distinction of dementia and depression in various stages of the disease processes
Speaker 2: Heun Reinhard, Derby, United Kingdom; Physical comorbidity and consequences for mortality and treatment
Speaker 3: Pierre Baumann, Prilly-Lausanne, Switzerland; Clinical managment of polypharmacy in old age depression 


Venue: Conference Centre Madrid


Date: 14/03/2016


Attendance: 220


CME-Course
Depression in the Elderly

Description:

CME-Course
Depression in the Elderly
(Gabriella Stoppe, Basel, Switzerland)
24th European Congress of Psychiatry, Madrid, Spain; 12-15 March 2016


Venue: Conference Centre Madrid


Date: 14/03/2016


Role of Psychiatry in Dementia Care

Description:

Role of Psychiatry in Dementia Care

25th European Congress of Psychiatry, Florence, Italy; 1-4 April 2017

Chair: Gabriela Stoppe, Switzerland; Chair: Cécile Hanon, France

Speaker 1: Manuel Martin Carrasco, Spain; Pychiatrists and Legal Issues in Dementia Care       

Speaker 2:  Michael Rapp, Germany; Psychiatrists and Dementia Care in Nursing Homes       

Speaker 3: Frans Verhey, The Netherlands; Role of Psychiatrists in Memory Clinics

Speaker 4: Benjamin Lavigne, France; Training in Old Age Psychiatry: A European Review    


Venue: Conference Centre Florence


Date: 02/04/2017


Assisted Suicide: An Issue for Old Age Psychiatry?

Description:

Assisted Suicide: An Issue for Old Age Psychiatry?

25th European Congress of Psychiatry, Florence, Italy; 1-4 April 2017

Chair: Gabriela Stoppe, Switzerland; Chair: Patrizia Zeppegno, Italy

           

Speaker 1: Patrizia Zeppegno, Italy; Suicide and Assisted Suicide in the Elderly: Meaning, Ethical Issues and Controversies    

Speaker 2: Max Stek, The Netherlands; Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide in The Netherlands in Dementia and Late Life Psychiatric Illness

Speaker 3: Gabriela Stoppe, Switzerland; Suicide and Assisted Suicide in Switzerland: Consequences for Suicide Prevention

Speaker 4: Dolores Angela Castelli Dransart, Switzerland; Mental Health and Social Care Providers Facing Requests of Assisted Suicide From Elderly in Nursing Homes in Switzerland  


Publications

Warner J et al. (2014) Mental Health - and how the

Journal

The Times (January 24, 2014; letter to the editor)


Acknowledged as official Section publication? Yes


Riese F, Hanon C, Lepetit A, Lam L (2014) Practica

Journal

Oxford University Press (book chapter; submitted for publication)


Presentations at non-section events

Other Section activities

Other Section activities

Desciption

Old Age Services across the UK

In December 2013, EPA’s Section on Old Age Psychiatry called on the EPA President, Professor Danuta Wasserman, to react on the situation of closing specialist mental health services for older people in the UK.

An open letter was published in the Times in January 2014 (see publications section below), bearing co-signatures of Royal College representatives and some EPA members. Both the EPA Board and the Council of National Societies/Associations (NPAs) discussed this issue in Munich in March 2014. The Council of NPAs was asked to prepare a letter to Right Honourable Jeremy Hunt, the UK Secretary of State for Health, which was sent in March 2014. In response to EPA’s letter, Mr. Hunt sent a detailed reply in August 2014. Both letters were published in European Psychiatry Volume 29, Issue 7.

The UK Chief Medical Officer published the following statement in her 2014 annual report: “Mental health problems in older adults are common, often undiagnosed but as amenable to established treatments as in other groups. Helping people with combined physical, psychological and social difficulties in the context of ageing and end of life requires specialism. This could be compromised by any move to generic 'age-less' services.”

 

 

Other Section activities

Desciption

The Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research
& the Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Right
Birmingham, 20 April 2015
Dear Sir/ Madam
Re: Training and specialisation in Old Age Psychiatry
During the recent Congress of the European Psychiatric Association in Vienna, we heard of the recent problems of French Psychiatrist to implement a specific training in Old Age Psychiatry.
This issue was discussed at the meeting of Section of Geriatric Psychiatry on the 29 March 2015. We felt unanimously that the efforts of the French colleagues to develop and implement a specific training for Old Age Psychiatry is timely and is the best way to develop and improve the care of the French elderly suffering mental health problems and disorders.
We would appreciate if you could acknowledge and consider the concerns of the EPA section of Geriatric Psychiatry that further delays in developing and implementing specific training in Old Age Psychiatry may not sufficiently deal with the needs of French elderly with age-related mental health problems.
Hoping hearing from you soon
Kind regards
Professor Reinhard Heun
Chair of the EPA Section Geriatric Psychiatry
On behalf of the Section

Outcomes

The letter was considered and supported the implementation of OAP training in France.


Other Section activities

Desciption

In a series of informal and formal meetings and phone calls we intensified the collaboration of the Section of Old Age Psychiatry of the EPA represented by Reinhard Heun and the Europan Association of Geriatric Psychiatry represented by Martin Orrell. Joint symposia took place. 

Time period: 2014-2017


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