About this event

  • Date and time Thu 20 Jun 2019 from 9:00am to 5:30pm
  • Location Chandos House
  • Organised by Geriatrics and Gerontology

What can I expect from this event?

We'll provide health care professionals and the interested public with an understanding of the ageing process, the impact of ageing on health, and the presentation of diseases in that age group. 

More about the event topic

Older people now represent a large segment of the population and are particularly vulnerable to a number of diseasesOften, the human body is much less efficient in older age; the ageing process is associated with a number of physiological changes that increase vulnerability and interfere with physical capabilities as well as cognitive functions.  

Older people face two major hurdles: first, the changes intrinsic to the ageing process, and second, a number of diseases that affect themA major difference between the impact of diseases affecting young people and those affecting older people is that in young people there is usually only one disease at a time, as opposed to the multiple pathologies seen in older patients. Unless treated appropriately in a timely manner, the impact of such diseases may be significant, long-lasting, and change the status of the older person from physical, mental, and social independence and well-being to a status of physical, cognitive, and emotional dependence and disability.  

Clinicians providing healthcare to older people should be aware of the intrinsic normal physiological changes associated with the ageing process, and should be able to differentiate them from disease-associated changes. Being aware of the limitations imposed by the ageing process will allow clinicians to be in a better position to develop a management strategy tailored to an individual’s needs and

What will I learn?

  • You'll get an overview of the normal physiological changes associated with the ageing process 
  • Recognise the differences between the ageing process and diseases common in old age
  • Appreciate that age-associated changes increase the vulnerability to certain diseases and may affect their presentations 
  • Differentiate between age-associated cognitive changes, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia  
  • Understand the concept of frailty


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Registration, tea and coffee
Introduction and welcome

Professor Ronald Hamdy, President, Geriatric & Gerontology Section, The Royal Society of Medicine

Benign forgetfulness, mild cognitive impairment and dementia

Dr Melanie Dani, ST7 Geriatric Medicine, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

The ageing eye

Mr Nicholas Lee, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Western Eye Hospital

Hearing loss in the elderly

Mr Christopher Aldren, Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, Wexham Park Hospital

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Standardised assessment of human body composition for the purposed of prognostication and therapeutic monitoring

Dr Piers Boshier, National Institute for Health Research Clinical Lecturer in General Surgery, Imperial College London

Biology of ageing: Implications for surgical outcomes

Dr Magda Sbai, Consultant Geriatrician and Physician, Imperial College Healthcare Trust

Walking aids and gadgets to maintain physical independence

Zoe Birch, Chartered Physiotherapist, PhysioMotion Limited

Panel discussion
Oral health and dentition, impact on nutrition in old age

Dr Rakhee Patel, Consultant in Dental Public Health and National Institute for Health Research Doctoral Research Fellow and Dr Ana Gamboa, Academic Clinical Lecturer and Periodontist, Queen Mary University of London

Sleep disorders in old age, hypnotics and sleep aids

Dr Hugh Selsick, Consultant in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine & President Sleep Medicine Section The Royal Society of Medicine, University College London Hospitals and Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Sexuality and the elderly; from viagra to hormone replacement therapy

Mr Peter Greenhouse, Consultant in Sexual Health, Weston General Hospital

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Depression and suicidal behaviour in older people

Dr Daniel Harwood, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director, Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Microbiome in the elderly: implications for treatment

Dr Claire Steves, Deputy Director (Clinical) TwinsUK, Senior Clinical Lecturer, King's College London and Honorary Consultant Geriatrician, Guy's and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion
Close of meeting


Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London, W1G 9LQ, United Kingdom