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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Final call for your favourite poetry and prose on ageing!
Who do you think wrote the best poem on ageing? Could it be Yeats, Keats, Frost, Cope, Barrett Browning, Wordsworth, or even Shakespeare?
Do you Dare to Care?
Do you dare to care? We have typically been called into our professional roles because we want to directly care for others. If not, we might have been technicians or scientists instead of healthcare professionals.
Chair of the Trainees Council: Expressions of interest now open!
Would I recommend the role? 100% yes! It really has been a brilliant opportunity! I have felt warmly invited into the BGS family and have also loved getting to know the other trainee officers in the other roles on the council.
Incontinence management in older people: A wake-up call
Current urinary incontinence (UI) guidelines often mention older adults with frailty but the detail and nuance of continence care for this group are not often well described. Supporting older people with urinary incontinence takes time and can be resource-intensive.
Care home visits during the pandemic - a look into the past and a view into the future
Although we’ve been in the grip of the pandemic for a little over a year now, in reality it feels more like a decade, with new restrictions, new lockdowns, and fortunately - thanks to vaccines and increased testing -, finally some new emerging hope that we may soon regain a semblance of normality.
“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.