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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.
What is important to measure in a hospital deprescribing research trial?
Our research, published in Age and Ageing, reports which outcomes are most important to measure in hospital deprescribing trials with older people who are under the care of a geriatrician. Older people and their informal carers, health professionals and deprescribing researchers told us that six outcomes were most important, feasible and acceptable to collect and measure in hospital deprescribing research trials.
The Role of the BGS Trainees Council Chair
“If you are even thinking about applying for the role – do it! You will have the best two years with the most supportive BGS staff, the kindest BGS board and the most inspiring trainees whose commitment and motivation will blow you away.”
I hope that we will all get to be old, either as LGBTQ+ people, or people living alongside them. It is important for us to go on a journey that helps everybody lead healthy, full lives, as part of a tolerant and inclusive society.
Is poor transfer of care failing our patients living with frailty?
Our patients living with frailty are particularly at risk when transfer of care goes awry. Multiple co-morbidities, polypharmacy, and management from a number of specialised teams can make it difficult to co-ordinate care.
The interplay of psychological safety and empathy in geriatric care
As practising geriatricians, we firmly believe that the principles of psychological safety and empathy are indispensable to the proficient delivery of healthcare services.
What does the Deputy Honorary Secretary actually do? The 5 Ps
For the last 18 months I have been the Deputy Honorary Secretary of the British Geriatrics Society, supporting Professor Anne Hendry in her Honorary Secretary role. The title is a bit of a mouthful and I am regularly asked ‘what is that thing that you do for BGS?’
Dementia Action Week 2023- The importance of post-diagnostic support
The focus for Dementia Action Week 2023 is diagnosis. Relevant to this is an excellent new report from the Alzheimer’s Society: ‘Improving access to a timely and accurate diagnosis of dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland’.
Care for one, that’s love. Care for hundreds, that’s nursing
This Nurses Day comes at a sombre time for me, and I find myself reflecting not upon my own career, but upon the role of other nursing colleagues and generally upon the role of the care home nurse.
Older People’s care, nursing, and a glimmer of hope - a personal and professional perspective
I have worked in Community Hospitals for the past 15 years and prior to that, Trauma Orthopaedics for 15 years. I grew up with my wonderful Dad requiring hospital care from time to time due to a long-term condition, and later in his life requiring more and prolonged periods of care in hospital ultimately ending up in a rehabilitation ward.