All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association, (AIGNA)

11th Annual Conference


“Integration and Communication: Reaching out to Older Persons and Their Families”


02rd May 2019, Castletroy Park Hotel Limerick

Opening  address:   Mr Michael Fitzgerald: Head of Strategy and Planning, Services for Older People and Palliative Care, Health Service Executive

Keynote: “How can a bathmat keep an eye on Nana? – Connected Health supporting nursing care.”

Professor Ita Richardson: Associate Professor Department of Computer Science and Information Systems and Funded Investigator Lero University of Limerick

Keynote: “Age Friendly Ireland” Ms Catherine Mc Guigan: Deputy CEO/Programme Management – Age Friendly Ireland.


Parallel sessions A

11:30   Evaluating a Consumer Directed Health Care (CDHC) pilot for Older People in the community.

            Ms Deirdre O’Donnell, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, University College Dublin.

11:50   The development of a national transfer document, for older persons, when transferring between the residential and acute care settings: A qualitative descriptive study, the preliminary   findings.

            Ms  Pauline O’Reilly; Department of Nursing & Midwifery; Health Research Institute, University of Limerick.

12:10  Facilitating People living with a dementia and Their Families to engage in personalized reminiscence supported by an iPad app – a quasi-experimental study  MS. Laird E.A., University of            Ulster.

12:30  A grounded theory exploration of the factors that influence good end of life care in long stay residential care homes in Ireland.

            Dr Mary Butler, European Association of palliative Care and Irish Gerontological Society.


Parallel sessions B

11:30  Incentivizing a career in older adult nursing: the views of student nurses.

            Ms Kate O’Shea, School of Nursing & Midwifery, University College Cork.

11.50   A Quality Improvement Programme supporting end-of-life care in nursing.

            Ms Kate Steele, Irish Hospice Foundation.

12:10  The Feasibility and Preliminary Effectiveness of Embedding Physical Activity into Routine Nursing Home Care

            Eva Barrett, School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland Galway.

12:30  Bank staff’s experiences of financial abuse (FA) of older people.

            Assoc. Prof. Amanda Phelan, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, University College Dublin.


Keynote:      “The Citizens’ Assembly-using deliberative democracy to direct policy on ageing.” The Honorable Justice Mary Laffoy: Chairperson of the Citizens Assembly and                              President of the Law Reform Commission)

Keynote:      “You can make a difference”  Tommy Whitelaw, UK Project Lead, Dementia Carer Voices Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)

Keynote:      “Voice, Choice and Control at a Time of Transition for Older People and their Families.” Professor Assumpta Ryan, Professor of Ageing and Health, Ulster University                             and President, All-Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association.

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