The BGS blog aims to presents issues relevant to people working to improve the health and care of older people. It will highlight the latest news and activities from across all the BGS campaigns, events, publications and activities as well as original articles commissioned by leaders in geriatric medicine.
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Charting the course: Healthy mobility as we age
Change is the only constant in life, and this includes shifts in how our bodies function as we grow older. A recent paper published in Age and Ageing provides an alternative to the traditional cutoff approach, taking the age-associated decline of physical function into account.
Critical care admissions for people with dementia are increasing in the last year of life
A study published in Age and Ageing has found that whilst critical care admissions for people with dementia are decreasing overall, the number of admissions of those living with dementia who are in the last year of their life is slightly increasing.
Top tips for virtual wards coming into winter
Dr Shelagh O’Riordan gives her top tips on how to make virtual wards more effective and efficient.
If you want to ensure older people who have been acutely unwell are supported to recover, then you need services that facilitate rehabilitation, reablement and recovery.
Every winter has its spring
Dr Rowan Wallace writes about national healthcare initiatives in Scotland and how these can be implemented locally.
Winter is coming! Protecting care home residents
How can we best support care home residents to remain in their homes and avoid the exposure to unintended harms of a hospital admission?
A less awful winter: what can we do?
In the opening blog of our Winter Pressures series, BGS President, Professor Adam Gordon, writes about the tremendous pressures on the health system last winter and hopes for this year.
BGS elearning empowers healthcare professionals
The British Geriatrics Society has updated and relaunched its Frailty elearning course, which is now free to all health and social care professionals, thanks to funding from NHS England.
Moving forward with research and treatment for hearing conditions in older people
Hearing conditions such as hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis are highly prevalent in the population and can severely impact communication and quality of life. Hearing is affected by multiple factors, including heredity, noise exposure, age, sex, ear disorders and lifestyle factors. Hearing loss affects over 70% of adults aged 70 years and older, is often experienced in combination with other long-term health conditions and is a mid-life risk factor for dementia.
Behind every fall is a story
It was nearing 8pm on one rainy evening and Mr OG wanted to show his gratitude and support for the NHS heroes who were risking their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Driven only by this motive, he ignored his osteoarthritic hip and struggled with his walking frame to the garden to clap for the NHS heroes.
Remember, remember: Falls are not just for September!
Autumn - or Fall, if you prefer - is often a time that people dread, with decreasing daylight and cooler days. I, on the other hand, look forward to it. The year’s apples, plums and brambles are ready to be picked and made into wonderfully comforting crumbles
12 months on from the UK NOGG Guidance
Fragility fractures are painful, debilitating, and often life-changing. Older age and frailty convey some of the highest fracture risks, and therefore older people and those living with frailty often have the most to gain from anti-osteoporosis treatment.
The challenges of discussing DNACPR during the pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic DNACPR decision-making and communication was problematic. A recent paper in Age and Ageing describes a qualitative research study exploring the experiences of relatives who discussed DNACPR with medical professionals.
See the stone set in your eyes
It’s late. I’m almost another day older. What a cheery thought! I definitely feel like I’m becoming a grumpy, old man. Okay, a grumpier, old man.
Could nursing home care be key to reducing avoidable emergency department visits among people dying with dementia?
There are almost one million people living with dementia in the UK and most will visit the emergency department (ED) at least once in their last year of life.
Twenty minutes of daily exercise can help reverse frailty and build resilience in over 65-year-olds
Our new study published in Age and Ageing shows how a combination of simple strength exercises and dietary changes can help reverse frailty and build physical resilience in over-65-year-olds.
Growing together: The European Academy for Medicine of Ageing
This June, Carly Welch and I graduated from the European Academy for Medicine of Ageing, better known as EAMA, alongside Josie Prynn.
2023 24th International Conference on Falls and Postural Stability
The BGS 2023 24th International Conference on Falls and Postural Stability, 29 September, Newcastle and online, aims to bring timely knowledge, evidence, practice and opinion to those clinicians who see people with falls.