Welcome to “Aging and Sleep 2014”
We all are growing older and so does our sleep. Both sleep quantity and sleep quality are changing with age. When sleep time becomes less, it is often called insomnia and treated as such with drugs, often benzodiazepines. This will lead to worse sleep quality, lack of initiative, loss of concentration, bad memory and falls.
Several sleep diagnoses occur specifically in the elderly, others aggravate with age. Furthermore the treatment of the same sleep disorder is different in younger than in the older person. Many drugs used for other diseases influence sleep. Hence this meeting on Aging and Sleep is necessary for the understanding and treatment of a growing part of our modern population.
This meeting is of interest to all those who treat elderly persons: general practitioners, clinical geriatricians, nursing home doctors, neurologists, ENT doctors, pulmonologists, internists, psychiatrists and psychologists. This meeting is also of great interest to health care officials, politicians and health insurance companies.
We therefore invite all those who work in the field of the elderly to attend this unique conference.
Hans Hamburger, convener