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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Perioperative medicine: we’ve come a long way but there is still a long road ahead
As the population ages, increasing numbers of older people are presenting for elective and / or emergency surgical intervention. This group is at higher risk of adverse postoperative outcome, likely due to underlying comorbidity and frailty, increasing vulnerability to decompensation after surgery.
Is Wessex Frailty Fit?
Do you know how many people in your hospital are living with frailty? Do you know where these patients are in your hospital? Why does it matter?
The primary care ship lurched significantly in early March with the arrival of the new NHS England (NHSE) GP contract
Titled “Investment and Evolution” and sporting the NHS flagship blue and white livery it made many bold statements. First up, the extortionate premiums in indemnity coverage that GPs face will end, thanks to state backed indemnity. Nice.
Are care homes the hospices of the future?
Palliative care is relevant across the illness trajectory for people living and dying with chronic progressive conditions, aiming to improve quality of life and enable a peaceful death. With an ageing population, an increased proportion of older people will need to access care and support in a long term care facility.
The Age of the Robot: Mental health in older people
As of 2019, the ‘robot revolution’ promises to solve the ever-growing skilled-personnel shortage across industries. In healthcare, socially assistive robot technology promises to assume new roles to meet the growing demand of our ageing population.
Loss of muscle mass and strength in patients with cancer – not as harmless as it sounds
Nearly 40 years ago, in the late 1980s, the frequently observed decline in muscle mass with increasing age was termed sarcopenia. Since then, sarcopenia has become a hot topic for researchers and clinicians as they work to identify its place in age and disease-related processes.
What does Big Data offer Geriatric Medicine?
In Cardiff, on Thursday 11th April 2019 at 9:30 - 11 am, the BGS conference is running a workshop ‘What does Big Data offer Geriatric Medicineʔ
A common European postgraduate curriculum in geriatric medicine
Demographic changes associated with increased longevity, care requirements and growing multi-morbidity make a strong case for the specialty of Geriatric Medicine. Currently more than 70% of the European Union member states already recognise and commit to Geriatric Medicine as a specialty. However, there are considerable differences in the way the specialty is practiced across Europe.
Living well as dementia progresses: helping carers across the world to feel more prepared and supported
As an alternative way to share research findings with those who are most likely to be affected by dementia, the team developed a free, online course: Dementia Care: Living Well as Dementia Progresses. The course is aimed at family carers who are supporting someone in the more advanced stages of the condition.
World Delirium Awareness Day 2019: an opportunity not a problem
Delirium is serious and treatable, and yet some healthcare professionals appear to rather indifferent towards it. Although exact estimates vary, delirium is one of the most prevalent acute disorders in general hospitals.
Could too low blood pressure in old age increase mortality?
With increasing age, blood pressure rises as a consequence of arterial stiffness, caused by the biological process of ageing and arteries becoming clogged with fatty substances, otherwise known as arteriosclerosis. Large hypertension trials showed that lowering blood pressure in people over 60 is beneficial and lowers the risk of heart attacks, stroke, and all-cause mortality, even in people over 80.
The essential need to educate all about age and ageing
The population is ageing and more and more professionals are required to work with older people wherever that may be; in specialist services, primary care, care homes, acute surgery or in an emergency department and everywhere.