Geriatrics: Special Features of Diseases in Old Age

Geriatrics: Special Features of Diseases in Old Age

The conference on “Geriatrics: Special Features of Diseases in old Age” was held on March 7, 2018 at the Hotel Ani Plaza, Yerevan, Armenia. It was conducted by the “Association of Healthcare and Assistance to Older People” NGO in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund Armenia.
Geriatrics differs from standard adult medicine because it focuses on the unique needs of the elderly person. The aged body is different physiologically from the younger adult body, and during old age, the decline of various organ systems becomes manifest.Many of the special features of disease in old age are consequences of the structural and functional alterations which occur in the body in senescence.


The world is ageing rapidly. People aged 60 and older make up 12.3 per cent of the global population, and by 2050, that number will rise to almost 22 per cent (by UNFPA research). According to National Statistical Service of Armenia people age 63 and above account 12.9 % of total population (387.659 person) and 32% of them lives in poverty.


Besides in Armenia geriatric medicine is not developed as a speciality and there are not physicians who are specialized in the care of elderly people, but there are medical specialists currently having older patients and they are aware of the special features of the diseases in old age. The conference was a multidisciplinary gathering and aimed in bringing together different medical specialists, well-known professors to represent the special features of
diseases in the elderly regarding to their speciality.


Main Goals:


  • Sharing of scientific knowledge and experience about special features of diseases in the elderly.
  • Promote the Formation of the Discipline of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology in Armenia.
  • Foster and enhance cooperation among primary healthcare doctors, family doctors and narrow specialists on the issues of geriatrics.
  • Strengthening and expanding the human network of all interested in this field.
  • Learn and discuss key news and challenges with senior level speakers.
  • Identify knowledge gaps that need to be filled.


Intended Audience: Family Doctors, Therapists, Card.iologists, Neurologists
The conference was certified by the Ministry of Health and the participants received 5 CME credits.



Arthur Torosyan, founder and president of the Association for the Health and Care of the Elderly, and Prof. Michael Narimanyan, Chief Therapeutist of RA MoH, Head of Family Medicine Chair, Pulmonologist, greeted the participants of the conference. Mr. Torosyan spoke about the actuality of the conference topic and highlighted that the development of geriatrics in Armenia is crucial as Armenia is among the countries with ageing population.


The keynote speaker was Prof. Michael Narimanyan. He noticed that in many developed countries geriatrics and gerontology are included in the educational programs of universities and he hoped that we will manage do the same here in Armenia through interdisciplinary approach. He also mentioned that the role of family doctors is very important in promoting quality medical services to the elderly, because they must cure people regardless their age, sex and health problems. Afterwards he represented to the audience pneumonia, it’s special features, diagnosis and treatment in the elderly.


The Conference was planned for 70 participants: family doctors and therapists, but it attracted over 120 instead. Among them there were neurologists, cardiologists, oncologists, urologists, endocrinologists, gynaecologists, clinical pharmacologists, other specialists and nurses. This great interest towards the Conference speaks about the importance and the actuality of the topic: geriatrics and geriatric care. 


Aiming to provide a friendly and supportive environment for the participants to share ideas and ask their questions, 10 minutes for discussion was given after each lecture. We want to highlight that the audience was quite active and motivated․





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