Changing Horizons in Gerontology: Frailty, Delirium and Interface Geriatrics

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Chaning Horizons in Gerontology: Frailty, Delirium and Interface Geriatrics
24 September 2020
Online event of the IGS
Organised by: 
IGS Frailty Network


Changing Horizons in Gerontology: ​Frailty, Delirium and Interface Geriatrics 

a special online symposium of the Irish Gerontological Society Frailty Network

IGS Member-only event

September 24th 15.00-16.30



Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is disproportionately impacting older adults. In these unprecedented times, the need for healthcare professionals to prognosticate and carefully manage the care of older people has never been greater. Risk-assessment in heterogeneous populations such as older people is complex. This is particularly true during this pandemic as older people may present with atypical symptoms and exacerbations of underlying Geriatric syndromes including frailty and delirium.

This webinar will examine, review and relive the experiences of healthcare professionals on the frontline of this evolving pandemic. It will provide guidance on how to assess and manage older patients with and without COVID symptoms. 


Introduction of the theme and speakers     Dr Rónán O’Caoimh & Prof Roman Romero-Ortuño on behalf of the Irish Gerontological Society Frailty Network

Overview of COVID-19 and Frailty - scoring the Clinical Frailty Scale     Dr Liz Moloney, MD researcher, Mercy University Hospital, Cork

Home FIRsT: interdisciplinary geriatric assessment and disposition outcomes in the Emergency Department      Ms Aoife Dillon, Ms Lucinda Edge, Ms Sinéad Flynn – Home FIRsT team, St James’s Hospital, Dublin

Overview of alternative pathways to the Emergency Department: The role of the older person's assessment hub during COVID-19     Ms Edel Mannion – ANP in Older Person’s Care/Frailty, University Hospital Galway

How to prepare ED for COVID now and into Winter 2020     Dr Rosa McNamara, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin

Delirium, COVID-19 and the interplay with frailty     Dr Daniel Davis, University College London

Discussion Panel


Román Romero-Ortuño is Associate Professor in Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Physician in St. James's Hospital, Dublin. He co-chairs TILDA’s Frailty and Resilience Working Group and is a Faculty member of the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI).  His research contributions have been recognised with the 2015 British Geriatrics Society Rising Star Award, the 2017 Count of Cartagena Award from the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain and the 2018 President of Ireland Future Research Leaders Award.

Daniel Davis is a geriatrician and epidemiologist. He is interested in the impact of delirium on trajectories of cognitive decline in population studies. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 2003, and postgraduate training in Oxford and London, he obtained his PhD in 2013 from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge. His current clinical work is at University College and St Pancras Hospitals in London and his research is funded by the Wellcome Trust.