Changing Horizons: Mood, Memory and Isolation in COVID-19 Times

Changing Horizons: Mood, Memory and Isolation in COVID-19 Times

5 November 2020

Organised by: Irish Gerontological Society


Changing Horizons in Gerontology:

Mood, Memory and Isolation in COVID-19 Times


Thursday, November 5th 15.00-16.30 

Approved by RCPI with 2 CPD credits (Ref 1024)         

The Irish Gerontological Society is grateful to Lundbeck for their support of this online event by means of an unrestricted educational grant

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A Loneliness project commenced in Sligo prior to COVID. Now, this project is more relevant than ever with over 90% of COVID 19 deaths occurring in those over 65. The enforced isolation imposed currently is impacting all aspects of physical and mental health. This rapidly evolving pandemic has highlighted the need to develop alternative means of providing routine care remotely in this vulnerable population. In this talk, we outline the challenges faced in continuing to provide ordinary care in a rural psychiatry of old age service, and the telehealth projects being undertaken to address these challenges.


Moderators      Dr Diarmuid O'Shea, Dr Dan Ryan

Welcome and Introduction     Prof Rose Anne Kenny, President of the Irish Gerontological Society

Thinking About Cognition in Mood Disorders: The Role of Metabolic and Inflammatory Abnormalities     Prof Roger McIntyre

Ordinary Care in Extraordinary Times     Prof Geraldine McCarthy, Dr Sonn Patel

Integrated Care in COVID-19 Times     Dr Grainne O'Malley, Aislinn Gannon CNS

Panel Discussion with Q & A


Prof Roger McIntyre is currently Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at the University of Toronto, and Head of the Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit at the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada.  After completing his medical degree at Dalhousie University, Professor McIntyre received his Psychiatry residency training and Fellowship in Psychiatric Pharmacology at the University of Toronto in Canada.


Prof Geraldine McCarthy is a Consultant Psychiatrist, Dean of Undergraduate Education Sligo (NUIG), Dean of Postgraduate Training NUIG/RCSI Deanery, CpsychI with an active interest in services and education-based research, delirium, carers and developing new Telehealth initiatives during COVID.

Dr Sonn Patel is a Senior Registrar currently completing higher specialist training in Old Age and General Adult Psychiatry and currently working in University Hospital Galway with an interest in telehealth.

Dr Grainne O'Malley is a Consultant in Geriatric Medicine and Associate Clinical Director for Medicine at Sligo University Hospital. She is the clinical lead for Dementia at SUH and works closely with the MDTs both in the acute and community settings.

Aislinn Gannon is a clinical specialist and her role involves linking with the integrated care team (ICTOP) and mental health to assist older people attending both services. Her special interest is improving quality care through creative innovation of technologies, systems and services.

Diarmuid O’Shea is a Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine in St Vincent’s University Hospital and Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI).  He is a UCD medical graduate.  He was Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme for Older People with the HSE until 2019 and Chair of the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training from 2017 to 2019.  He has held the position of Vice-President of Education and Professional Development in the RCPI and acted as the Masterclass Series Convenor in the RCPI since its inception in 2007.  He is immediate past president of The Irish Gerontological Society of Ireland.

Dan Ryan is a Consultant Geriatrician and Stroke Lead at Tallaght University Hospital. He has a PhD in stroke medicine and trained in King's Hospital in London.  In March 2020 he set up the COVID nursing home webinar series, in collaboration with AIIHPC, which was attended by 3500 nursing home staff over 13 lectures.

Recording of this event

Prof Roger McIntyre   3:37

Prof Geraldine McCarthy, Dr Sonn Patel   39:50

Dr Grainne O'Malley, Aislinn Gannon CNS   56:47

Panel with Q & A   1:16:55