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About the BGS

The British Geriatrics Society is the professional body of specialist doctors, nurses, therapists and other professionals concerned with the health care of older people in the United Kingdom.

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May 2018 Newsletter

The May issue of the BGS newsletter is available:

Highlights
Should the BGS change its name?
The new geriatric giants
Normal pressure hydrocephalus: treatment seeks disease?

Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts for the BGS 2018 Autumn Meeting to be held in London in November 2018. The submissions facility closes at 17:00 on 15 June.

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BGS President-Elect Elections 2018


In November, Professor Tahir Masud will succeed Dr Eileen Burns as BGS President. The BGS is opening the ballot to elect the next President-Elect.

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Loneliness in older people

Register for this event on the impact of loneliness on health (13 June in London) 

The British Geriatrics Society calls for urgent action on hunger and malnutrition among older people

BGS, London (25 January 2018): The British Geriatrics Society welcomes the recently published report by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hunger. The report highlights that malnutrition is most likely to arise among older people following an accumulation of setbacks – for example bereavement, illness, a loss of community transport services, and a nearby shop closing, – which leave them unable to access food easily.

Geriatric medicine has always recognised the importance of nutrition and sufficient intake of food and fluid in patient care. We hope that as a matter of urgency Government will seek to address the recommendations from the APPG so that malnutrition in older people, and those at risk of malnutrition, is identified and treated as quickly as possible. It is vital that the existing knowledge and expertise relating to the treatment of malnutrition is put into practice. The benefits of ensuring that preventative steps are taken at as early a stage as possible are significant in ensuring better health outcomes for older people.

We recognise that this is a complex issue which requires investment, not only in ensuring that the expert guidance that exists for health and social care professionals is followed, but also in tackling some of the systemic barriers that currently prevent identification of older people at risk, such as those experiencing loneliness and social isolation.

Dr Eileen Burns, President of the British Geriatrics Society and a Clinical Director in Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, commented:

“Many older people admitted to hospital show signs of not eating or drinking well enough, especially if they suffer with dementia. As well as being an issue in its own right this also predisposes the older person to falls and increases their susceptibility to infections. BGS endorses the call for better identification and management of malnutrition among older people.”

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To arrange an interview with BGS President Dr Eileen Burns please contact Marina Mello on 07850271579 or email

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) is the professional association of doctors practising geriatric medicine, nurses, therapists, researchers, GPs, old age psychiatrists and others engaged in the specialist care of older people and in promoting better health in old age. It has over 3,400 members and is the only society in the UK offering specialist medical expertise in the wide range of health care needs of older people.

 

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