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Remember the importance of a healthy smile!
Getting older and having dementia increases the risk of health problems and can make it hard for people to keep their mouth and teeth clean. As a result, more oral health problems occur.
Should all older adults with type 2 diabetes lower their HbA1c level?
A study has found that among people whose HbA1c was greater than or equal to 7.5 at baseline, those who achieved the glycemic target within a year were associated with higher incidence of dementia in 6 years.
Interested in Sarcopenia? Come and join us in Newcastle in June 2020!
Sarcopenia is a hot topic in research and clinical practice for anyone caring for older people. It is common, and is associated with multiple adverse outcomes that we all see in everyday practice including falls, fractures, prolonged hospitalization, loss of independence and earlier death.
How much do we spend on patients at the end of life, across different care settings?
It is a commonly accepted principle that demand for healthcare always outstrips resources, and so in the UK’s publicly funded health system, it is important to look at how and where costs are being incurred to make sure we are making the best use of limited resources.
In praise of inefficiency
I love being a doctor and hospitals have long been something of a comfort zone; predictable, with protocols, and plans, and SOPs. To me, they often feel more controlled than the unpredictable world outside.
‘He would probably want to help people if he could’: making decisions about research on behalf of people living with dementia
The latest NICE guidelines recommend that opportunities to participate in research should be available to people living with dementia at all stages of the condition.
More is less and less is more? Breaking the cycle of polypharmacy with deprescribing
Long-term conditions are diseases that cannot be cured, just controlled with medications. Over our lifetime we accumulate diagnoses, such that many people experience old age as a state of multimorbidity.
Book review: Essentials of Dementia
Worldwide, there was an estimated 46.8 million individuals living with dementia in 2015, and this number is growing every day. Therefore it is difficult to pursue a career in modern medicine without encountering a person living with dementia.
Audit is Dead - Long Live Audit
We’re all occasionally tempted to consider ourselves immune to the ageing process. I am a consultant of more than 20 years, yet I can’t help but think of myself as a peer to the new consultants and junior staff I work with.
One of the great challenges of gerontology is how to capture the immense complexity of later life and its splendid richness. The studies and sciences of ageing have evolved into an ever-wider range of disciplines, from biology through sociology and health care to policy and culture.
Technology Integrated Health Management for Dementia
Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation Trust are part of the first test site pilot supporting to deliver TIHM (Technology Integrated Health Management) for dementia.
A winning strategy for England Rugby, and reducing medication-related harm?
This Saturday the England Rugby team will step out onto the pitch at the International Stadium Yokohama, Japan, to compete in the Rugby World Cup Final.
Together to Tackle Frailty
Advantage is the first European joint action to prevent and manage frailty. Twenty-two countries across Europe are collaborating to raise awareness of Frailty as a public health priority and to agree on an evidence-based Frailty Prevention Approach.
Are falls a problem?
Are falls a problem? I know what you're thinking... "Don't be daft, of course falls are a problem!" I'm certainly not denying the importance and impact of falls. I know that falls and fall-related injuries account for more bed days than myocardial infarction and stroke combined.
Can the recuperation time following acute illness be shortened?
It takes time to recuperate when getting over an acute illness but can ‘preventing deconditioning’ help? In a clinical context, we can define deconditioning syndrome as ‘A complex process of physiological change induced by inactivity that can affect multiple body systems and may result in decline in physical, psychological and functional abilities’.