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We need to talk about loneliness
This was my first ever BGS conference, just down the road from me, at the Wellcome Collection, London. The day was spent discussing ‘Loneliness in older people and its impact on health’
It’s time to BREAKDOWN these BAME BARRIERS
In the last 8 years while doing charity work in my free time I have noticed a growth in the older population from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups. Older people from BAME backgrounds suffer from the same illnesses our other patients suffer from.
My future wishes: Advance Care Planning for people with dementia
This recently published document acts as a resource to support clinicians and practitioners who provide health and social care for people with dementia.
Older people and poor care: a human rights issue
Why is poor care a human rights issue? At the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), we work with people at the sharp end of public services and people placed in vulnerable situations, including older people.
ECFs and ANPs – The Future of Frailty?
We’ve always loved working with older people. Our roles in general practice certainly facilitate this! When we were offered the opportunity to study at Masters Level in Medical Science: Frailty and Integrated Care, we jumped at the chance.
The Great Balancing Act – perspectives from older people on falls risk
Falling represents the leading cause of unintentional injury in this population with approximately one third of older adults falling each year.
When low blood pressure is too low in old age
It has been debated whether or not to it is beneficial to treat hypertension in old age, especially in >75-year-olds when they have multimorbidity.
Frequent drinkers unravelled
Older people are not only at risk because they drink more often, but also because quantities of alcohol that may have been safer earlier in life have the potential to damage an older person’s health.
Drug burden in older people approaching end of life
While in hospital, patients consumed an average of 24 different medications. One-in-six patients consumed 35 or more individual medications. When discharged home from hospital, patients were prescribed an average of 2 unnecessary or inappropriate medications.
The right intervention, at the right time, in the right place…
How Harrogate District Foundation Trust therapists from the community and in-patient wards are tackling the national bed crisis
Loneliness; A public health epidemic
All too often, GPs are the only human contact that chronically lonely patients have. Three out of four GPs say they see between 1 and 5 people a day who have come in mainly because they are lonely.
Why it gets harder to prevent falls when older people leave hospital
Evidence has shown 30% of the population of older people who live in the community fall at least once per year, 10% of these falls result in a serious injury.
The ‘Geriatrician’s Salute’: emerging evidence on deprescribing
Approximately 1 in 5 hospital admissions amongst older people are due to adverse drug reactions and during their time in hospital 1 in 6 older people experience an adverse drug reaction.
From uncertainty to understanding
Can psychodynamic theory improve our care of older adults? A century of psychoanalytic thought and a half century of work by old age psychiatrists and psychotherapists suggest that it can
MY heart leaps up…
Every time I look at data, quantitative or qualitative, and something jumps out and I suddenly see completely afresh, as if someone had switched on a light in a dark room full of treasures, I am inspired by a sense of wonder.
‘Water, water everywhere’; dehydration in the older population
The prevalence of dehydration in older people in the UK has not been widely studied. The UK DRIE Studyfound 20% of residents in UK long term care were dehydrated. The prevalence in those living at home has not been determined.
May 2018 issue of Age and Ageing journal is out now
The May 2018 issue of Age and Ageing, the journal of the British Geriatrics Society is out now.
Identifying older patients with frailty from routinely collected hospital data
Advances in health care have helped people in developed countries live longer than ever before. This is good news for all of us, but it also presents a challenge to our health systems and a need to rethink the way that we provide healthcare.
Beyond text and images: Tackling loneliness with technology
Loneliness is a sad and frustrating event in anyone’s life, however its impact is more damaging for older people. Many older adults have lost so much of their independence they are left with memories of the life they once knew.
The Lonely Brain
Daydreaming can be one of life’s great pleasures. Losing yourself in a thought or spending time quietly reflecting on the day’s events is an important part of modern life. But what if solitary thought was the only option? For many older people periods of loneliness are all too frequent.