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COVID-19: Supporting and Caring from Afar
We are in exceptional times, and people are providing care in extraordinary ways. On the 30th January 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak was a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
Facing a new reality – challenges for acute care of older people
To the two infamous certainties in life, we can now add the fact that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is going to stretch us all psychologically and physically and also as a broader society. Worse, for some the stretch will be too much, leading to their untimely death.
5 Top tips for dealing with distress in delirium: World Delirium Awareness Day March 11, 2020
What Goes In Affects What Comes Out – How Frailty Affects Outcomes in Ischaemic Stroke
Geriatricians play a key role in Stroke Medicine. Alongside neurologists and rehabilitation physicians, geriatricians bring a vital skill to the management of stroke; an understanding of frailty.
Interprofessional Learning in Care of Older People: more than the sum of its parts!
We are only as good as the sum of our parts – person-centred care for older people with complex needs is not the task of any profession alone.
Lifecourse frailty in China
We examined whether poor early life circumstances lead to an increased risk of becoming frail in older age. We studied over 6,000 older Chinese men and women (at least 60 years) who were not frail; they were voluntary participants in the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study.
CONFORM-OH: a new trial for patients with orthostatic hypotension
Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is a frequent finding in many of our older patients. It often causes dizziness, unsteadiness and contributes to falls.
What is the impact of diet on cancer risk?
As we pass another World Cancer Day on 4 February 2020, I reflect on why I am passionate about promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle for cancer prevention. 1 in 2 people born after 1960 will develop cancer in their lifetime, and cancer is the commonest cause of premature death in the UK.
Why might I join the Finance, Fundraising and Corporate Affairs Committee?
They say if you want to know what’s going on you should ‘follow the money’. By joining this committee, you will soon learn how costly conferences are to run and how much IT support really costs.
Remember the importance of a healthy smile!
Getting older and having dementia increases the risk of health problems and can make it hard for people to keep their mouth and teeth clean. As a result, more oral health problems occur.
Should all older adults with type 2 diabetes lower their HbA1c level?
A study has found that among people whose HbA1c was greater than or equal to 7.5 at baseline, those who achieved the glycemic target within a year were associated with higher incidence of dementia in 6 years.
Interested in Sarcopenia? Come and join us in Newcastle in June 2020!
Sarcopenia is a hot topic in research and clinical practice for anyone caring for older people. It is common, and is associated with multiple adverse outcomes that we all see in everyday practice including falls, fractures, prolonged hospitalization, loss of independence and earlier death.
How much do we spend on patients at the end of life, across different care settings?
It is a commonly accepted principle that demand for healthcare always outstrips resources, and so in the UK’s publicly funded health system, it is important to look at how and where costs are being incurred to make sure we are making the best use of limited resources.
Is phenotypical prefrailty all the same? Think again!
Over the past decade, many of us have become interested in the science of frailty. Even if we do not agree on how frailty should be measured in research or clinical practice, we all tend to agree that frailty means vulnerability to decompensation after stressors, as a consequence of cumulative decline in many physiological systems during a lifetime.
In praise of inefficiency
I love being a doctor and hospitals have long been something of a comfort zone; predictable, with protocols, and plans, and SOPs. To me, they often feel more controlled than the unpredictable world outside.
‘He would probably want to help people if he could’: making decisions about research on behalf of people living with dementia
The latest NICE guidelines recommend that opportunities to participate in research should be available to people living with dementia at all stages of the condition.
More is less and less is more? Breaking the cycle of polypharmacy with deprescribing
Long-term conditions are diseases that cannot be cured, just controlled with medications. Over our lifetime we accumulate diagnoses, such that many people experience old age as a state of multimorbidity.
NHSE’s Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service Specifications; What are they, and why do they matter?
Over the Christmas/New Year period, NHS England and NHS Improvement held what must have been one of the shortest and unfortunately ill-timed public consultations ever by publishing the Draft Outline Service Specifications for the Network Contract Direct Enhanced Service on 23 December.