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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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Age & Ageing Journal

Age and Ageing  is the British Geriatrics Society’s international scientific journal. It publishes refereed original articles and commissioned reviews on geriatric medicine and gerontology.

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Call for Abstracts - Continence

Call for Abstracts for the BGS Continence Care in Older People to be held in Manchester in September 2018. The submissions facility closes at 17:00 on 1 August.

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BGS Vacancies: Senior Officer Posts

The BGS is now inviting expressions of interest for the posts of Deputy Honorary Secretary and BGS Vice President: Workforce. Closing date: midnight, 30 September 2018.   

Falls and Postural Stability

This annual BGS event, being held on 14 September in Leeds is widely recognised as the leading meeting in the UK for clinicians working in the field of falls and mobility medicine. 

The British Geriatrics Society welcomes £20 million investment to help tackle loneliness

BGS London (20 June 2018):  The British Geriatrics Society welcomes yesterday’s joint statement by the Prime Minister's Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport announcing that charities and community groups will get £20 million of new funding to help people experiencing social isolation and loneliness. 

Healthcare professionals now recognise loneliness as a ‘public health epidemic’ with evidence to suggest it is as bad for health outcomes as smoking 15 cigarettes a day . Older people are one of the groups most at risk. In the UK, over 1 million older adults admit they feel lonely often or all the time , a number set to increase given the changing demography.

At the Society’s conference last week ‘Loneliness in Older People and its Impact on Health’ healthcare professionals, third sector organisations and policy makers discussed scientific research relating to this issue, and shared best practice regarding prevention. The funding announced by Government will help address some of the concerns that were raised at the event, and help put into place much needed initiatives to improve quality of life and health outcomes for lonely older people across the country.

The £20 million investment to help tackle loneliness is very welcome, but is only one way of helping to improve quality of life for older people. Without increased investment, and a long term sustainable plan for the full integration of health and social care services, older people will continue see a negative impact upon their health and wellbeing. 

In response to the announcement, Professor Tahir Masud, President-Elect of the British Geriatrics Society and Chair of the ‘Loneliness in Older People and its Impact on Health’ conference, commented: “The additional investment to support isolated and lonely people is very welcome. Older people are one of the groups most at risk of loneliness and social isolation, and there is clear evidence of the negative impact on their health. Tackling loneliness and isolation is one way of helping to improve quality of life but for older people it is not enough. We still urgently need to address the funding gaps in social care, and to have a long term sustainable plan for full integration of health and social care services.”

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