About the Conference

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“Sensory Impairment and Cognitive Decline," the first in a three-part U13 Bench-to-Bedside series sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the American Geriatrics Society, is scheduled for October 2-3, 2017 in Bethesda, MD. A preliminary agenda for the conference can be accessed here.

Converging epidemiologic evidence links sensory impairment (vision/hearing) to risk of cognitive decline and incident dementia. The functional challenges imposed by sensory impairment are more difficult to overcome when accompanied by even mild cognitive impairments, and vice versa. The expected outcome is sustainable bridges between significant knowledge silos, all with strong relevance to geriatric care.

The conference is being developed by a committee of recognized experts of different clinical specialties, research disciplines and levels of seniority with expertise and/or interests in multimorbidity and major age-related conditions. The format of the conference will allow for networking, discussion and small group work to foster a “think tank” environment to stimulate new ideas, delineate new opportunities, and forge sustainable collaborations. Following the conference, a summary of the conference findings and recommendations on future research will be published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

You will need to complete the following application to attend. Applications must be completed by Friday, June 9th, 2017. The application will be reviewed by the Conference Planning Committee and applicants will be informed by the end of July.