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The Icelandic Geriatrics Society
Some facts on demography and geriatrics in Iceland…
Total population: 330.000 individuals (2016)
Percentage above 65 Yr: 44.000, 13% of population
Percentage above 80 Yr: 13.800, 4,6% of population
Number of physicians: 1250 practising physicians (2016)
Number of geriatricians: 24
Total number of hospital beds: approx. 1000
Number of geriatric beds: approx. 140
Geriatrics is recognised as a...
- speciality since >20 years.
- subspeciality since >20 years
Geriatric medicine is found in...
- acute care hospitals as acute geriatric wards
- out-patient care settings
- post-acute rehabilitation hospitals/clinics
- nursing homes or long term care facilities
Members of the society
Total number of Members: 41
- Nordic Gerontology congress in Iceland in 2021
For more information visit : www.25nkg.is
- Nordic Geriatric Congress (NKG) held every other year in one of the Nordic countries (every 10 year in Iceland)
- Official publication – Læknabladid the official journal of the Icelandic Medical Society
List of geriatric chairs and research centres in Iceland
University of Iceland ,Landspitali University Hospital and the Geratric research centre, Icelandic Heart Association (AGES study). There is one professorate of geriatric medicine - palmivj(at)landspitali.is
Examples of current geriatric research in Iceland are (2016):
- The AGES-Reykjavik: Study conducted by the Icelandic Heart Association and co-funded by the National Institute of Aging (USA). One of the largest and most comprehensive cohort studies on aging in the world. Its main focus are the interactions between age, genes and the environment and how they are reflected in disability in old age or through common age associated diseases such as cardiovascular disease, dementia and osteoporosis.
- Decode Genetics: Some genetic studies particularly related to dementia.
- Research for the development of EEG techniques to improve dementia diagnosis: www.mentiscura.com
- NIDD studies, studies on dementia diagnostics.
- The SENATOR study: European multicenter study for the development of a software to review and recommend best drug treatment or alternative nondrug treatment of elderly individuals with multiple health issues.
- Inter-RAI studies relating to comprehensive geratric assessment and quality of care.
- RHLÖ (The Icelandic geriatric research institute): A colloborative research institute between Landspitali University Hospital and the University of Iceland promoting multidiciplinary aging research currently with 7 PhD students.
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