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“We heal, not in isolation, but in togetherness” – a role for the Care Home Care Coordinator?
Resy Manalo, Lalaine Lopez Pesario, Gilbert Barnedo, Elsie Sazuze, Suzanne Loverseed and Karen Hutton are some of the care home workers who lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
#GeriBookClub’s fifth meeting: Mr Loverman, by Bernadine Evaristo
The intrepid #GeriBookClub met online again on Tuesday 11th May, to discuss ‘Mr Loverman’, written in 2013 by Bernadine Evaristo, who won the 2020 Booker Prize for her 2019 novel, ‘Girl, woman, other’.
Medicine Optimisation: Join the evolution...
The BGS ‘Drugs and Prescribing’ Special Interest Group (SIG) was established in 1988. Recently the name was modified to the ‘Medicines Optimisation’ SIG in order to reflect the evolving way that we approach therapeutics in older people.
A Poet’s-Eye-View of Illness, Recovery and Rehabilitation
So runs the refrain in ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen, a classic so many of us have enjoyed with our children.
Greening the NHS: Where do I Start?
There’s a wave of excitement sweeping through my Zooms. More and more of us in the NHS are hungry for advice about how to reduce our carbon footprint, but many of us just don’t know where to start.
Enhanced Health in Care Homes: How is it for you?
Those of us working a lot with care homes have been involved in implementing the Enhanced Health in Care Homes Directed Enhanced Service (EHCH DES) that came into effect last year.
The challenges and opportunities of COVID-19 for research in care homes
When my team received National Institute for Health Research funding for ‘Understanding stakeholders’ perspectives on implementing deprescribing in care homes’ (or STOPPING) study in 2019, we were looking forward to 2020.
Don’t ask, don’t tell: Silence in the medical encounter when sexual problems, ageing, and health conditions meet
Evidence shows that high numbers of women and men aged 50+ have a sexual problem caused by a health condition or the medications taken to manage it, but that they do not always seek help.
A review of ‘Emergence’
I was delighted and intrigued when I first heard about Emergence, an anthology of prose and poetry related to ageing, all nominated by clinicians working with older adults in Ireland.
Frailty predicts adverse outcomes in older adults admitted with trauma
Trauma is becoming a geriatric specialty, with the majority of major trauma admissions now adults over 65 years. Injury severity in these older adults is comparable to that of younger patients, yet mortality is far higher.
The newest centenarians on the block
The benefits of using podcasts as tools for learning and reflection in undergraduate and professional settings are now well documented. Podcasts provide mobile, accessible content which can be supplementary and complementary to the more formal and established ways of learning that we have been used to, and more people are discovering these benefits all the time.
What is meant by “Frailty” in the context of undergraduate medical education?
I talk about frailty a lot. I hear the word ‘frailty’ a lot. In the clinical environment, across academic literature, in the media to describe weakened politicians and even from my 3-year-old son (courtesy of the snail).
Older adults’ daily walking activity: A matter of fear or a matter of function?
Some people fall, some don’t. Some people are afraid of this event, some are not. Of course, no one is afraid of falling when sitting on a bench or lying on a sofa, but maybe they are when attempting to get there.
World Delirium Awareness Day Four Years On: Where has it taken us?
A ‘day’ may be easy to designate, but creating a movement for sustainable change takes time, patience, and nurturing. It is with enormous pride that we look back at just how far we have come since 2017.
#GeriBookClub’s fourth meeting: The Age of Ageing Better, by Anna Dixon MBE
The BGS Twitter #GeriBookClub met once again on March 8th, to discuss ‘The Age of Ageing Better’, written by Anna Dixon MBE, who is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Ageing Better.
Mobilising to NHS Net Zero
I have developed a secret obsession with walking aids. As an ST6 in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine, at least a passing interest might be expected, but I have spent a disproportionate amount of time of late investigating our Trust’s use of these items – how many are given out, their cost, who gets them and, crucially, what happens to them when the person they were given to no longer needs them.
When the risk is too high to operate: a re-examination of surgical ‘futility’
An emergency laparotomy is one of the highest risk surgical procedures performed. Every year across the UK more than 24,000 emergency laparotomies are carried out.
The healing arts
As clinicians, we are aware of the complex interplay between physical, psychological and social aspects of illness and health. And yet when the pressure of work is intense we sometimes neglect our own wellbeing.
A Geriatrician’s experience of the beginnings of the COVID-19 vaccination programme
Hurrah, the cavalry has appeared over the horizon! Whilst my hospital is well geared up for staff influenza vaccinations (something that I am proud to have been involved in instigating over 25 years ago), the COVID-19 vaccination programme requires a Herculean effort on behalf of the NHS and its staff, adding further strain on our already stretched services.
Long Covid: An Age-old concept?
With over 69 million reported cases of COVID-19 worldwide, we have all experienced rapid and dramatic changes to our healthcare services over the last 12 months. Older people have been disproportionately affected by a greater severity of disease and mortality, detrimental psychological, cognitive and physical outcomes from necessary social distancing, as well as age discrimination.