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.
What is “essential” about dementia care?
Dementia care must include treating people with respect and dignity, and not defining people by their conditions. Shibley Rahman considers what essential dementia care looks like.
Making the most of our assets
The Reimagining community services report (Kings Fund 2018) highlights the need for strengthening community services with the aim of supporting our older population, bringing to reality the vision set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View.
Using a frailty index in the Emergency Department
Emergency departments are often the safety net of the health care system where the mission is to rapidly evaluate, intervene and organise care. With ageing populations and the growing presence of older adults in EDs, this mission represents a significant challenge.
Study reveals admitting an older relative in temporary respite care can be deadly
A world first study into deaths of Australians admitted into aged respite care – usually to provide a break for their carer – reveals that older people in respite care are significantly more likely to die from preventable injury causes than permanent nursing home residents.
Ward rounds – are they safe and effective for patients and doctors?
Geriatricians are, in many hospitals, now responsible for more than 50 per cent of in-patients. A recent article in the BMJ suggests that doctors’ way of working would not be accepted by businesses making decisions with far less impact and suggests that the old concept of the ward round is broken.
Specialist Care Frailty Network – we need your help!
The Acute Frailty Network has been in existence for a few years, with a focus on acute medical care and emergency care. Simon Conroy describes its work: would you be interested in helping out?
Spring Speakers Series: The meaning of life expectancy
Is getting old about decline or about personal growth? John Gladdman, of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, ruminates on the implications of increased life expectancy ahead of the talk he gave at the BGS Spring Meeting.
Qualitative research in Age and Ageing
A themed collection of Age and Ageing articles includes a selection of papers published over the last 10 years which highlights the value of qualitative methodologies in health services research.
BGS Rising Star Award for quality: Dr Ruth Law
Ruth Law who has been awarded the BGS Rising Star Award for quality, describes her work and sets out what she feels are the key elements to growing a quality service.
Handmade for Dementia North West & UK
Sharon Wallace, a professional from Chester tells how she got hooked on knitting small items to help occupy and comfort distressed dementia patients, and the amazing response her group has had.
Comprehensive Care - NIHR themed review of research into older people with frailty in hospitals
There is a real problem with the huge amount of research being published, much of which is not widely read or put into practice, writes John Gladman. How can we overcome this problem?
Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment and the role it plays in improving care delivered to the older person
Diarmuid O’Shea and Carmel Hoey look at the importance of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in Ireland as they seek to modernise the model of care in the Republic, in the face of the challenge of an ageing population.
Age and Ageing themed collection of qualitative research in geriatric medicine
Age and Ageing have a free collection of qualitative research articles which the journal has published over the last 10 years. What's in the collection and links to the articles themselves.
The frailty journey so far: where are we heading?
Martin Vernon has some thoughts in advance of the third National Frailty Conference which was held on 28 September 2017 in Leeds.
Why I’m fine with “frailty”
Past President of the BGS, David Oliver responds to - and disagrees with - Steve Parry’s BGS blog, The Frailty Industry: Too Much Too Soon? published here on 2 August 2017.
The Frailty Industry: Too Much Too Soon?
Steve Parry wonders whether "frailty" has become a potentially destructive fad, with vast amounts of resources being devoted to the creation of frailty related services for our older population in the absence of a sound evidence base, out of a desire to care for this patient group better.
Rapid assessment and frailty
There is a growing emphasis on older people and emergency hospital admissions, with frailty often used as a wrap-around term for ‘older people’. Older people with multiple complex comorbidities are a growing number of emergency attendances, hospital stays and admissions.
Walking now prevents dementia later, study finds
A new study published in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, suggests maintaining a higher level of physical activity during middle age may be a key strategy for the prevention of dementia in older age.
Depression among older people in care homes: a call for good practice examples
BGS Policy Manager Caroline Cooke is supporting a joint project being carried out by BGS and the Old Age Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatry. Here she explains the aim of the project and how you can help to make it a success (deadline June 2017).
Designing safer systems of care delivery for older patients
A study published in Age & Ageing, the journal of the BGS, identified incidents when poor communication between secondary and primary care and failures within primary care led to patient harm and highlights how improved communications systems could help protect older patients.