Highlights of the joint meeting between EuGMS and Czech Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics in Prague on the 6th June 2019

A joint meeting between the EuGMS and Czech Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics took place in Prague on the 6th of June 2019. The academic session in the Czech Medical Association of JE Purkyně was chaired by Professor Iva Holmerová, the President of the Czech Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics. The main incentive of the EuGMS participation in this meeting was to support the development of Geriatrics in Czech Republic and to motivate participants to attend the 15th EuGMS Congress, in Kraków, Poland from the 25t to 27th of September 2019.

Mrs. Jana Maláčová, the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs of Czech Republic, opened the conference, mentioning the importance of Geriatrics at the national level.

There was a sequence of scientific and organizational presentations, all of them focusing on ageing and the care of older persons. Professor Finbarr Martin, the EuGMS President, spoke about the WHO Report and Action Plan on Aging and the role of Geriatricians to put in practice the WHO goals and principles. Professor Anne Ekdahl, the EuGMS General Secretary, shared her experience and research results about management of complex geriatric patients at an outpatient clinic with a focus on Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment. Professor Athanase Benetos, the EuGMS President-elect, delivered a lecture about Aging of the cardiovascular system.

Dr Jiří Horecký, the President of the European Ageing Network, spoke about the future of long-term care for older people in Europe. Professor Iva Holmerová, who is also the Chair of Alzheimer Europe, spoke about the importance of geriatric medicine in the care of people with dementia. Professor Eva Topinková, the UEMS – Geriatrics section Czech Republic representative, presented the current situation of Geriatrics Education in the Czech Republic. Dr Hana Vaňková and Dr Zuzana Šnajdrová, spoke on behalf of the Czech Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics, about the future of Geriatrics in the Czech Republic and the role of the new generation of Geriatricians. Enthusiastically they shared their experience of joint meetings that have been held with family doctors. Finally, Dr Sofia Duque, the EuGMS Communication and Website Director, spoke about the collaboration between EuGMS and its members, and the role of the website and social media in fostering Geriatrics across the Europe.

It was an interesting and fruitful meeting with a high number of national participants, showing that Geriatrics is recognized in the Czech Republic as an important specialty, that must be further developed.

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