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A common European postgraduate curriculum in geriatric medicine
Demographic changes associated with increased longevity, care requirements and growing multi-morbidity make a strong case for the specialty of Geriatric Medicine. Currently more than 70% of the European Union member states already recognise and commit to Geriatric Medicine as a specialty. However, there are considerable differences in the way the specialty is practiced across Europe.
Living well as dementia progresses: helping carers across the world to feel more prepared and supported
As an alternative way to share research findings with those who are most likely to be affected by dementia, the team developed a free, online course: Dementia Care: Living Well as Dementia Progresses. The course is aimed at family carers who are supporting someone in the more advanced stages of the condition.
World Delirium Awareness Day 2019: an opportunity not a problem
Delirium is serious and treatable, and yet some healthcare professionals appear to rather indifferent towards it. Although exact estimates vary, delirium is one of the most prevalent acute disorders in general hospitals.
Could too low blood pressure in old age increase mortality?
With increasing age, blood pressure rises as a consequence of arterial stiffness, caused by the biological process of ageing and arteries becoming clogged with fatty substances, otherwise known as arteriosclerosis. Large hypertension trials showed that lowering blood pressure in people over 60 is beneficial and lowers the risk of heart attacks, stroke, and all-cause mortality, even in people over 80.
The essential need to educate all about age and ageing
The population is ageing and more and more professionals are required to work with older people wherever that may be; in specialist services, primary care, care homes, acute surgery or in an emergency department and everywhere.
Wolverhampton’s Rapid Intervention Team
Wolverhampton’s Rapid Intervention Team or RITS to those locally, is now a fairly large team. 21 registered nurses between bands 6 to 8a, 3 HCAs, 1 administrative assistant and 1 consultant in Care of the Elderly. At any one time, we have between 160 and 180 people under our care, and have seen emergency hospital admissions of people over the age of 75 decrease by 8.5% in Wolverhampton in the year 2017/8.
Suffering in silence - a time to speak up
Both mental health and old age continue to attract stigma. It is hardly a surprise, therefore, that ageism in relation to mental health issues continues to blight society and that it remains a major problem in the NHS – the very institution intended to promote health and well-being.
Book review: Perioperative Care of the Elderly
Thanks to the excellent work of the POPS team and many others around the UK, older people with surgical problems are now increasingly benefiting from specialised geriatric input. The evidence base has been strengthening, innovative new models have been explored and our surgical and anaesthetic colleagues have been enthusiastic advocates. So it’s great to see a full textbook devoted to the area, with 360 pages and 50 chapters.
NHS Long-Term Plan: The Ambitious Plan
Health leaders have come together to develop the NHS Long Term Plan to make the NHS fit for the future. The plans, drawn up by patient groups, frontline staff, and a variety of experts, set out the key ambitions for improvements in services in every part of England that aim to improve the lives of many people.
UTOCs – Unnecessary Transfers of Care
One of my least favourite moments of my otherwise very enjoyable MDT meeting is when we come to discuss the new admissions on our rehab ward that week. There are two types of transfer which seem to be increasingly common. Let’s call them Mr Smith and Mr Jones…
Geriatric medicine research collaborative (GeMRC): update and research sandpit
Performing research and good quality audits or Quality Improvement Projects (QIPs) as a trainee is difficult. This is due to issues such as time constraints, rotating jobs, and a lack of consistency of practice.
A day in the life....of a Dementia Support Worker
I am Barry Walkden and I’ve been in post as a Dementia Support Worker for almost 5 years now and I can honestly say that no two days are the same.
Can frailty predict medication-related harm?
The PRIME Study aimed to develop a risk prediction model that would identify older adults most at risk of experiencing medication-related harm (MRH) after discharge from hospital.
A bit of the other - Older People in Care Homes: Sex, Sexuality and Intimate Relationships; an RCN discussion and guidance document
We are getting better at difficult conversations - cancer, dementia, end of life care, advance directives, deprivation of liberty - for those of us who work with older people all these thorny issues are common. They’re personal, individual but frequent.