About this event

  • Date and time Wed 19 May 2021 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Geriatrics and Gerontology

This meeting aims to outline some aspects of the current understanding of the ageing process; the impact of ageing on health, and the presentation of diseases in older people. 

Older people now represent a significant segment of the population and are particularly vulnerable to a number of diseases. Often, the homeostatic mechanisms that maintain a tightly controlled equilibrium in young, healthy people are less efficient in older age. The ageing process is associated with a number psychological changes that increase vulnerability and interfere with physical capabilities as we 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 them. A 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.

Topics at this meeting will include: 

  • Describe 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 and its importance

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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Professor Ronald Hamdy, President, Geriatrics and Gerontology Section, The Royal Society of Medicine 

The cell biology of ageing
The ageing immune system
The biology of the ageing brain
Tea and coffee break
The ageing haematopoeitic system
The ageing pulmonary and cardiovascular systems
The ageing genito-urinary system
The ageing skin, fingernails and toenails
The biology of the ageing eye
The biology of the ageing auditory system
Tea and coffee break
The ageing musculoskeletal system
The psychosocial aspects of ageing and quality of life
Panel discussion
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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