The BGS blog aims to present 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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Proactive Ageing Well Service: Our Frailty and Anticipatory Team
Our team’s vision is to work in a proactive manner and identify patients living with moderate frailty who have unmet medical and social needs. Often, we find catching potential problems at a moderate frailty stage can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life and optimise their healthcare.
Past Memories are the Treasure of Older People
I recently visited India on a short trip as there was a family bereavement. This was the time of gathering of all the near and dear ones including close friends too. This was also the time when my phone started ringing more than usual as some of our older relatives could not physically be with us due to either being far away or being in failing health.
See you in Birmingham!
I cannot believe that it is almost February! It has been a busy start to the year. Three named storms in the UK (so far), snow, and some treacherously icy conditions.
My experience as a BGS clinical fellow
When the short term BGS frailty fellowship was highlighted to me I had already been thinking about applying for another fellowship year. Having previously worked as a surgical liaison fellow before my registrar training, I’d appreciated the time away from the training conveyer belt.
The UnPiCD study (Understanding Pathways into Care homes using Data): emerging findings
The UnPiCD study started back in 2015 as part of my mixed-methods PhD research. I wanted to explore transitions into care homes considering those who go directly from hospital with those who move-in from the community.
What matters to the patient? Frailty, Falls and Medicines - agreeing goals of treatment
This weekend I visited an older relative. She told me her cardiologist and GP are “worried about her aorta” and trying to get her blood pressure below 110/70mmHg. To achieve this, she has been prescribed (and stopped taking) combinations of six different antihypertensives.
Being editor of Age and Ageing
After 5 years, my term of office at Age and Ageing journal has nearly expired, and we are seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. The role is uniquely interesting, worthwhile, educational and inspiring. Is this a job that you could do?
History Repeats Itself: A Look at Older People Past and Present
At Cambridge, I research the historical older populations of England and Wales, using the 1851-1911 census, and behind every entry on that census is an older person with a story to tell.
Merry Christmas-2023 in Review
It isn’t how we expected the Autumn Meeting’s conference dinner to end – with everyone enthusiastically singing along with the frankly excellent live band to Wheatus’s ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ – but on reflection, given the song’s strong theme of defiance and challenging the status quo, perhaps we should have.
Gathering evidence – investing in research now will offer cost savings in a stretched economy
Older people have historically been excluded from research trials, and research funding has been disproportionately directed towards clinical research for individual conditions, rather than promoting the health and wellbeing of older adults.
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.