Throughout the year, we connect through conference calls, texts, e-mails, publications, and, yes, tweets. Once per year, at the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Annual Scientific Meeting, we have an opportunity to really come together, recharge, and support each other. This year, our geriatrics community is preparing to convene at #AGS18—the AGS 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting—at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida (May 3–5; pre-conference day May 2). This meeting recharges us for the opportunities we face today while stimulating us to imagine the possibilities of tomorrow.
#AGS18 will bring together more than 2,000 of our field's leading nurses, physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, researchers, health care administrators, teachers, trainees, journalists, and advocates. In the short term, the updates on clinical practice, public policy, and public and professional education offered at #AGS18 help us ensure that the care we provide today is cutting edge and evidence based. Looking toward the future, #AGS18 supports us in charting the next steps on a roadmap that pursues our true “North Star”: Providing the best care possible for the well-being and quality of life of the older adults we serve.
A preview of #AGS18 highlights is below. Please be sure to visit Meeting.AmericanGeriatrics.org to confirm your registration, access the full program schedule, and take advantage of special promotions and exclusive travel deals. On behalf of the AGS Board and staff, we look forward to seeing you there!
Nurses Breakfast (Thursday May 3, 8:15–9:15 a.m. ET)
Join other nurses, nursing students, and AGS leaders at this special breakfast session, which will include time for networking and presentations.
Plenary Paper Session (Thursday May 3, 9:30–10:15 a.m. ET)
This session will highlight the top research abstracts submitted for presentation at #AGS18 from a pool of more than 1,000 contenders—the highest number of abstract submissions in AGS history!
Hypertension in Older Adults: Controversies and Challenges (Thursday May 3, 10:15–11:00 a.m. ET)
This session will address the hotly debated new guideline for the prevention, detection, evaluation, and management of high blood pressure in adults—the first update to such guidance in 14 years—in a point/counterpoint format followed by rebuttal and discussion.
Education Product Showcase (Thursday May 3, 12:30–1:30 p.m. ET)
The Education Product Showcase will provide attendees an opportunity to examine educational products focusing on classroom teaching, small group activities, web-based modules, handouts and guides, “bedside” teaching tools, self-studies, and more.
Optimizing Heart Failure Care Delivery in Skilled Nursing Facilities: Partnering with Cardiology and Palliative Care (Thursday May 3, 1:30–2:30 p.m. ET)
This symposium will describe the impact of heart failure on morbidity, mortality, and hospital admission rates, offering strategies for engaging people and families affected by heart failure in discussion of preferences for care and advance care planning.
Presidential Poster Session (Thursday May 3, 5:00–6:00 p.m. ET)
The Presidential Poster Session and Reception celebrates posters that received top-billing from #AGS18 Abstract Reviewers. Come for the light refreshments, stay to see who might take home a “Best Poster” award in a variety of categories.
Criminal Neglect: What to Look for, When to Report, and How to Work with Law Enforcement (Friday May 4, 7:30–8:30 a.m. ET)
In this session, participants will review their roles in detecting and documenting neglect for older adults. Attendees will learn to distinguish benign from criminal neglect, describe the physical and laboratory findings for the same, and identify the key elements needed by prosecutors to build a criminal case.
AGS Awards Ceremony (Friday May 4, 8:45–9:00 a.m. ET)
Join us as we honor some of the best and brightest clinicians, researchers, and educators representing the future of geriatrics.
Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award Lecture for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Investigation (Friday May 4, 9:00–9:45 a.m. ET)
In its second year, the Yoshikawa Award Lecture will recognize the research accomplishments of Heather Whitson, MD, MHS, a nationally recognized expert in multiple chronic conditions and disability in older adults.
Leadership Curriculum: Negotiating Skills (Friday May 4, 10:00–11:00 a.m. ET)
Cheryl Phillips, MD, AGSF, will moderate a panel for #AGS18 geared toward helping geriatrics health care professionals effectively prepare for and engage in negotiations for leadership, employment, etc.
Move It or Lose It (Friday May 4, 10:00–11:00 a.m. ET)
In this session, participants will discuss the impact of low mobility in the hospital setting and review current interventions to alleviate barriers and improve physical activity.
Public Policy Lecture (Friday May 4, 11:15–12:15 p.m. ET)
A fan favorite and an important priority for 2018, this session includes the latest information on changes in the policy world as they relate to geriatrics health professionals and older adults. Presenters will give a whirlwind tour of Washington and AGS public policy priorities, including what to expect from Congress and the Trump Administration in the year ahead.
That Was the Year that Will Be: Bench Research Findings of 2017 that Will Be at the Bedside by 2022 (Friday May 4, 1:30–2:30 p.m. ET)
This symposium addresses basic science and translational studies that will move from the lab bench to the bedside in the next few years, including cutting-edge research on geroscience, resilience and vulnerability, and nutrition.
Improving Care for Older Adults in American Emergency Departments (Friday May 4, 1:30–2:30 p.m. ET)
This symposium will help attendees describe evidence supporting improved care for older adults in emergency department (ED) settings, particularly how to implement key elements of the Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines and potentially prepare for institutional accreditation in geriatric ED care.
A Practical Approach and Efficient Tools for Inpatient Interprofessional Geriatric Evaluation: A Clinical Skills Workshop (Part 1—Friday May 4, 1:30–2:30 p.m. ET; Part 2—Friday May 4, 2:45–3:45 p.m. ET)
Learn to compare and contrast validated screening and assessment tools for delirium, dysphagia, and urinary incontinence. This session will help attendees embrace basic, practical geriatric evaluation for common geriatric concerns, as well as strategies to teach trainees and other interprofessional colleagues.
Lightning Science: Brief Presentations of Top-Rated Abstracts (Friday May 4, 2:45–3:45 p.m. ET)
This fast-paced, interactive session will showcase some of the best new research and innovation in aging.
AGS 2018 Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults (Friday May 4, 4:00–5:30 p.m. ET)
Learn about the newest potential updates to the AGS Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults. This session will include an overview of the update process, as well as a synthesis of anticipated changes and how the AGS Beers Criteria remain relevant to clinicians, health system leaders, and other stakeholders in care for us all as we age.
Geriatrics Literature Update 2018 (Saturday May 5, 8:45–10:15 a.m. ET)
A must-see for AGS Annual Scientific Meeting attendees, the Geriatrics Literature Update will focus on the past year's most important published papers impacting older adults, caregivers, and geriatrics health care professionals.
Pharmacotherapy Update: 2018 (Part 1—Saturday May 5, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. ET & Part 2— Saturday May 5, 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET)
Now a two-part symposium, this series of sessions will address access to medications for older adults, summarizing changes over the past year in pharmacotherapy and prescription coverage.
Debra Saliba, MD, MPH, AGSF
American Geriatrics Society