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Call for abstracts for the Frailty First conference

The Acute Frailty Network is looking for suggestions for presentations, speakers and posters for their annual Conference which will take place on 28th June 2018.

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Clinical Excellence Awards 2018

The next round of clinical excellence awards opens on the 13 February 2018.

All candidates seeking the support of the BGS are asked to complete the appropriate form(s) and submit these to the Society by 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 6 March 2018. This is a finite deadline and we will be unable to accept forms after this date.

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Calling BGS members!

Your annual membership renewal email will be sent to you by 8 December from . This contains a personalised email link for you to renew your membership for 2018. Please note we will not be sending letters this year. If you cannot find this email, or have not received it by the 8 December please call the BGS office on 0207 608 1369 or email the Membership Officer.

Retirement is nothing to be afraid of according to new research

Research published today in Age & Ageing, the scientific journal of The British Geriatrics Society, reveals that retirement promotes enjoyment of everyday activities and general well-being. The study examined participants’ enjoyment of activities such as going to the gym or reading a magazine, as they transitioned from work into retirement. Retirees reported that they actually got greater enjoyment from doing the same things they did before retirement. 

A common public perception is that retirement can have the potential to reduce well-being, because of the loss of social networks and purpose in life, particularly for single retirees. This study found evidence to the contrary, with systematic increases in enjoyment which did not differ by marital status. Following retirement, some participants continued to work part-time, and enjoyment in the work place increased substantially post-retirement. This suggests that the work activities per se are not inherently unpleasant, but in the context of issues such as restricted sleep, time pressure and lack of autonomy, it makes them relatively disagreeable. 

Participants rated their physical and social activities as being the most enjoyable, with the least enjoyable being work and chores. Across the working day, enjoyment decreased when the trip to work began, was momentarily elevated during work breaks, and rose again at the end of the working day. Enjoyment increased as the week progressed consistent with the “Thank God it’s Friday” phenomenon. The study found that people were not only “working for the weekend” over the week, but were also working for the “eternal weekend” of retirement. 

Prof Tim Olds, a researcher at University of South Australia - Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity, and one of the lead authors of the Age & Ageing paper, said:

"The really striking result of this study was how much enjoyment of everyday activities after retirement resembled enjoyment of the same activities on weekends — but not on working days — before retirement. Retirement is a kind of 'eternal weekend'. And it lasts. Even 12 months after retirement, enjoyment was still elevated. It may have do with a greater sense of autonomy and time flexibility. Retirees do the same things — household chores and social interactions and using the computer — but they can choose when and how they do them. They have mastery over their choices."  

View the Age & Ageing Paper Everybody’s working for the weekend: changes in enjoyment of everyday activities across the retirement threshold

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