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2018 Joint Congress

IARM20 Scientific Program Department

JA Toride Medical Center
Ibaraki, Japan

Liaison Office of IARM20

c/o Procom International Co., Ltd.
TFT Bldg. East Wing 9F, 3-6-11 Ariake Koto-ku Tokyo, 135-0063 Japan
Tel: +81-3-5520-8821
Fax: +81-3-5520-8820
E-mail: iarmjarm@procomu.jp

 

Welcome Message from IARM20 Congress president

   
    Dear colleagues,
It is our great honor and pleasure to invite you to attend the 20th International Congress of the International Association of Rural Health and Medicine (IARM) to be jointly held with the 67th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Rural Medicine on 10-12 October 2018, in Tokyo, Japan.
The theme of the congress is “Challenges to community-based rural medicine in aging societies with declining productive populations”.

As you are aware, our congress every three years provides one of the most exciting and respected platforms by which we come together to share our discoveries and ideas. We learn from one another. We create new relationships. And our work is enriched by this exchange. We return to our countries and hospitals with a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm for our work.

This congress aims to promote valuable international exchange and further progress in the field of rural medicine, and to enhance international collaborations across the world. It will be a great and exciting time for physicians, scientists, nurses and the professionals of other related fields to present their most recent research achievements and ideas, and share the knowledge. The scientific program will cover topics of almost all the branches of rural medicine, reflecting the latest developments in fundamental and clinic research in rural medicine. It is in every scientific program, poster session, symposium, and keynote lecture that helps you understand the rural medicine more and perform your work better.

Attendees will benefit from meeting and interacting with participating international specialists for refreshing knowledge base, research as well as clinical skills, and from opportunities for establishing long-term international collaborations. The value of this congress, which you will feel in a handshake with old friends and new colleagues, will last for months and years to come. We ensure you that the congress will be an influential event.
We hope to see you in Tokyo,

Sincerely yours,
    October 4, 2017
 
 

Greetings from the President of IARM

 
 

As president of IARM it is an immense pleasure for me to invite you to the 20th International Congress of the International Association and Rural Health and the 67th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Rural Medicine. This Joint Congress takes place from the 10th till the 12 of October in Tokyo.

 

The focus of this international Congress on “Challenges to community-based rural medicine in aging societies with declining productive populations” is relevant for several countries all over the world. According to the 2015 Revision of the World Population Prospects of the United Nation Population Division, we have to expect a significant change in the rate of people with 65 years or older in the world countries. This is especially true for Japan where, by the year 2025, almost one in every five Japanese people will be at the age of 75 or over. In other countries, the aging of the societies is also remarkably progressing. When we look at Europe for instance, the population shift towards elderly people requires profound changes in the health system especially in Italy, France and Germany. Also in developing countries, the number of people older than 65 is gradually increasing. So, we can assume that addressing the issues of an aging society will be a common challenge worldwide.

 

As the generational change will mostly happen in rural areas, it is of particular importance to face its consequences for rural communities. Concepts of country-specific measures have to be developed taking into account the special situation of elderlies caused by rurality. The aim must be to establish a constant access to medical, nursing and social support on a low threshold level even in remote areas. The expansion of multiprofessional e-health oriented approaches can only be an example for steps leading into this direction. We, too, have to think about strengthening the competencies of families and of neighborhood in looking after elderly persons. This is not only true for rural, but also for urban settings. The search for solutions also includes the question of financing an elderly-oriented health care system, because someone has to pay the bill… At the latest at this point, it becomes clear that all parts of the society are involved to respond appropriately and humanly to the challenges of the aging society.

 

The 20th International Congress of IARM contributes to the world-wide discussion about generational change. Describing the current situation is the starting point for promoting future concepts of country-specific measures adapting to the challenge of elderly people. Highly relevant topics to be discussed are:

 

- the long-term effects of aging societies on the health care insurance systems
- concepts for long-term care health insurance for elderly
- country-specific preparations for elderly with dementia
- country-specific views on the state of home health care for elderly

 

Experts from all over the world will present their experiences and research results on each of these topics. I also hope that the participants of this Congress will actively share their valuable views and contribute their findings to make this event an unique occasion for a fruitful and pioneering exchange of ideas.

 

My thanks go to the Japanese Association of Rural Medicine which is responsible for this important meeting. I congratulate the organizers for choosing the topic of aging societies as the main theme for the 20th International Congress of IARM and the 67th Annual Meeting of JARM and I wish them a grand success.

 

September, 2017

  Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Hannich
President International Association of Rural Health and
Medicine (IARM)
   
 

Congress of International Association of Rural Health and Medicine (IARM): 1961 – 2018

     
 
 

General Information

    【Date & Venue】
    【Theme】
Challenges to community-based rural medicine in aging societies with declining productive populations
    【Official Language】
The official language of the conference is English.
    【Contact】
Secretariat of the IARM20
JA Toride Medical Center
2-1-1 Hongo, Toride City, Ibaraki 302-0022 Japan
 
    Liaison Office of IARM20
c/o Procom International Co., Ltd.
TFT Bldg. East Wing 9F, 3-6-11 Ariake Koto-ku Tokyo, 135-0063 Japan
TEL:+81-3-5520-8821
FAX:+81-3-5520-8820
E-mail:iarmjarm@procomu.jp
     
 
 
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