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Second Middle East Congress on Age, Ageing & Alzheimer’s: Challenges in Geriatric Care

By Hala Samir Sweed, Middle East

The Second Middle East Congress on Age, Ageing & Alzheimer’s: Challenges in Geriatric Care was held on November 4-6, 2009, in parallel to the MEAMA Workshop from November 5-8 (Health Care Services for the Elderly) by the Middle-East Academy for Medicine of Ageing. This was inspired by the first Middle East Congress on Ageing organized in Istanbul. The conference was held Under the High Patronage of His Excellency The President of the Republic of Lebanon: General Michel Sleiman.

The conference was held in Tripoli, Lebanon, and was organized by Middle East Association on Age, Ageing & Alzheimer’s (MEAAA), Middle East Network on Aging Research (MENAR), Middle East Network on Elderly Care Services (MENECS), and a variety of other governmental and professional agencies.

The Congress has had a variety of purposes including: the global phenomenon of aging to the attention of the regional countries and developing a national geriatrics policy and ensuring exchange of information and experience being nations.

The program followed parallel tracks including health care services for the elderly, mental health and Alzheimer’s, major geriatrics diseases, anti-aging and cosmetic, and gender medicine. Speakers well known in their field were invited from the Middle-East, Europe, Australia, and the USA in addition to local speakers. Participating Countries were Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Syria, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom, Italy, The Netherland, Belgium, Argentina, and United States.

It was a very well organized conference, with enriched information and friendly atmosphere. For more information, visit the conference Web site at


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