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.
We have an exciting range of guest bloggers and welcome news and commentary on geriatric medicine from all those working in the field of geriatric medicine. Read our guidelines on submitting a blog for more details.
All content is moderated by the blog editor. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily the British Geriatrics Society.
Benchmarking practice in UK long-term care, can we make it work?
Benchmarking – where multiple providers compare their performance and practices using standardised measures – can provide a useful starting point for a processes of continual quality improvement and assurance in care homes, writes Adam Gordon.
What should assessing a patient’s vision for falls prevention look like?
Even with reassuring care from clinical teams treating them, older people often need extra support in a ward environment. Can you imagine how frightening such an experience might be for a patient with visual impairment? It’s perhaps no wonder that poor vision is a risk for delirium.
Selfie with a centenarian!
Esther Clift interviews Dr A W Frankland, who was born the year the Titanic sank, still works, and exercises daily. She finds out what makes him tick, and why he wishes he'd advised an (in)famous patient to keep on smoking!
A call for collaboration…
Coming along to her first BGS West Midlands meeting (spring 2017) Cassandra Leese reflects on a welcome reprieve from the madness spewed daily by the tabloids and renewed my faith that the good guys are still out there!
BGS Election Manifesto
Caroline Cooke, BGS Policy Manager explains why BGS has published its own election manifestofor the 2017 General Election, what it says and how you can get involved.
Some things in life are free!
BGS will now offer a FREE membership to all AHPs and nurses for the 1st year after qualifying from their pre-registration training. Cliff Kilgore explains more.
Dementia awareness is not just for one week – it’s for life
Dr Shibley Rahman feels that being ‘dementia aware’ is vital for true inclusion of people with dementia and care partners into wider society. The excellent ‘dementia friendly communities’ around the country have made huge inroads in bringing about this fundamental cultural change.
Cognitive impairment, mortality and discharge from hospital
Carole Fogg outlines her paper “The relationship between cognitive impairment, mortality and discharge characteristics in a large cohort of older adults with unscheduled admissions to an acute hospital: a retrospective observational study”, recently published in Age and Ageing, and how the study was conducted.
Kindness: the essential skill in supporting a dignified death
Sue Newsome supported her father during the last year of his life. In this second blog she shares her thoughts and feelings from a carer’s perspective. We published her first blog on this subject on 26 October 2016.
The importance of preventing hip fractures in senior women
Jess Walter looks at the danger of hip fractures in women and the increased risk that older women have of experiencing osteoporosis, and what can be done.
Back to the Future? Please, no more studies “in the elderly”!
Sometime back in the 80s, Marty McFly got the chance to travel 30 years into the future and see how the world would change. Around this time in the medical literature it became common to take an interesting concept and tag “in the elderly” onto the end of it.
You thought walking would keep your spine strong, but...
Walking has been promoted as a way of reducing the risk and progression of osteoporosis. Yet clinical studies have shown that walking does not increase bone mineral density at the spine unless it is performed along with other physical activities, and that even then, improvement is minimal.
Multi-Professional healthcare… it’s in the name!
As the BGS celebrates 70 years of improving health care for older people, Cliff Kilgore's thoughts on one of the reasons it has been so successful.
Sit up, Get Dressed, Keep Moving: the campaign everyone is talking about
Amit Arora explains the campaign he and his team have developed: “Sit up, Get Dressed, Keep Moving” which is being adopted in many NHS hospitals and abroad, in response to a critique of the campaign published in The Guardian.
Spring Speakers Series: why mouth care matters
Did you know there are more bacteria living in your mouth than there are people in the world? The mouth is biggest hole in the body, but when we need help caring for it, often that help is not there! Yet deteriorating oral health can have severe consequences for the rest of the body.
Osteoporosis Guideline: an opportunity for those aged 70 years or older
The National Osteoporosis Guideline Group released a new Guideline, accredited by the NICE in March 2017, which includes a number of updates relating to fracture risk assessment, management of osteoporosis and treatment recommendations, all highly relevant for older people.
“Frailty is the most problematic expression of population ageing”
One of the greatest challenges posed by an ageing population is the ability of healthcare professionals to understand, recognise and manage vulnerable older adults at increased risk of adverse healthcare outcomes writes Diarmuid O'Shea.
Spring Speakers Series: denture loss
Mili Doshi, clinical lead for Mouth Care Matters, discusses the impact of denture loss. She will be speaking at BGS Spring Meeting 2017 in Gateshead.
Getting it wrong? Technologies and telehealth for an ageing population
Malcolm J. Fisk looks at telecare and telehealth in advance of his talk at the BGS Spring Meeting 2017.
Geriatricians and digital records – are friends electric?
Unlike almost every other large scale organisation or industry, or even our GP colleagues, most hospital doctors in the UK still largely use paper records as part of the daily routine. As part of our Spring Speakers Series, Colin Mitchell looks at the state our records are in.