Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
3:45 PM
There will be CPD hours awarded to attendees. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.

About this Conference

This conference will provide an opportunity to hear about the latest scientific research and the best clinical practice when caring for older people. It will be an opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary year of the pandemic, the effect COVID has had on the older population, and the implications for the HSE,nursing home and social care staff across acute, primary and community care.This conference will cover core areas of interest to all specialists responsible for the care of older people. It will particularly focus on dementia, ethical decision making, bone health and the rights of the older person.

The Geriatric Care Conference is a unique live virtual event from our own custom-built CMG Studios. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees praising the additional interactive elements, as well as increased Q&A opportunities throughout the day, giving you more opportunity to gain real practical insights on the key issues that are important to you.


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Mary McCarron, Professor of Ageing & Intellectual Disability, School of Nursing& Midwifery Trinity College Dublin

Ethical Decision Making, Consent and Capacity for Older Patients

  • Law, ethics and vulnerable groups during Covid-19
  • Understanding the different ethical decision-making frameworks;
  • Differentiating between morals, ethics and law;
  • Understanding consent – legal elements of consent, different forms of consent, obtaining a valid consent and maximising ability to consent;
  • Capacity- understanding capacity, triggers, conducting a capacity assessment, functional approach to capacity;
  • Decision making – enduring power of attorney, advance healthcare directives, ward of court, “best interest” and will and preference;
  • Legal parameters- an examination of current law and the future legal framework of the Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act 2015.
Mary Kirwan, Lecturer and Barrister, RCSI

Covid-19 impact on Elder Care in Nursing Homes- HIQA Report 2020

  • The absence of clinical governance in most nursing homes
  • Staffing levels, especially to enable staffing to be organised to care for residents in separate, self-contained groups
  • Maintaining staffing levels in the event of sudden and unplanned absences
  • The availability of resources such as PPE, access to specialist expertise and support
  • The layout of centres and their ability to separate the location of healthy and ill residents or isolate residents as required
  • The history of non-compliance with relevant key regulations, such as governance and management, premises, personal possessions and infection prevention and control.

Helen Lindsey, National Operations Manager, HIQA

End of life decisions dementia: autonomy, best interests and ethics

  • Complex decisions involving persons with dementia: resuscitation and clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration
  • The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 – what changes it will make once commenced
  • Ethical decision-making in end-of-life care
  • The proposed Dying with Dignity Bill- what role it could play in end-of-life decisions

Nikki Saarsteiner, The Law Library

Bone health for life, accosting the silent thief

  • Poor bone health in our ageing population
  • The Risk Factors for Falls and Osteoporosis
  • Risk among people with intellectual disability
  • Complexity of assessment and care for those with intellectual disability
  • What the IDS-TILDA study teaches us
  • Prevention is the best medicine
  • Current services and best practice interventions
  • Working with patients to improve strength and balance.

Dr.Éilish Burke, Ussher Assistant Professor in Ageing and Intellectual Disability, Trinity College

Protecting the Rights of Older Adults

  • The need for a legal framework on adult safeguarding
  • Consideration of Law Reform Commission Issues Paper on A Regulatory Framework for Adult Safeguarding
  • Data on types and incidences of abuse on Older Adults
  • Data sharing in the context of adult safeguarding

Patricia Rickard Clarke, Solicitor & Chair of the Safeguarding Ireland

Chronic Pain in Older Patients: Sensible and Safe Treatment

  • Approach to pain management in older patients
  • Factors affecting pain management
  • Pain assessment
  • Modes of treatment
  • Pharmacological management
  • Minimally invasive procedures
  • Non-pharmacological pain management modalities
  • The nurse prescriber’s role in the prevention of medication errors

Professor Dominic Harmon, Consultant Anaesthesia Pain Medicine, Limerick University Hospital

Early Detection and Assessment of Cognitive Disorders

  • Diseases correlated with Cognitive Decline
  • The heart-brain axis: determinants of cognitive health
  • Why early detection and diagnosis? 
  • Biomarkers: neuroimaging, behavioural; a pluri-disciplinary approach

Céline De Looze, PhD,Research Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience, The Irish Longitudinal Study onAgeing (TILDA), School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin

Who Should Attend?

This event would be very relevant to those involved in the process caring for the elderly including, nurses, directors of nursing, nursing home and residential care professionals, social care workers, home care providers, carers, consultants, GP’s, regulators, associations, researchers and universities to name just a few.


Mary Kirwan BL
Barrister & Lecturer at RCSI
Helen Lindsey
National Operations Manager, HIQA
Nikki Saarsteiner BL
The Law Library
Dr. Éilish Burke
Ussher Assistant Professor in Ageing and Intellectual Disability, Trinity College
Patricia Rickard Clarke
Solicitor & Chair of the Safeguarding Ireland
Professor Dominic Harmon
Consultant Anaesthesia Pain Medicine, Limerick University Hospital
Céline De Looze, PhD
Research Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Trinity College Dublin
Mary McCarron
Professor of Ageing & Intellectual Disability, School of Nursing & Midwifery Trinity College Dublin


Early Bird Rate: €395 + VAT (LIMITED OFFER)

Full rate €495 + VAT

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

Discounts available for bookings of 3 or more.