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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Spring Speakers Series: Developing an Intervention for Falls in Dementia
Between 47 - 90 per cent of people with dementia fall at least once a year. After a fall, they are less likely to recover well, more likely to be hospitalised, are hospitalised for longer and are more likely to require increased care. Louise Allan examines the care received by these patients.
Delirium awareness is not just for hashtags, it’s for life
Delirium research is not taken as seriously as it should be, thinks Dr Shibley Rahman. Where for example is the research which explains the neural substrates of hypoactive and hyperactive delirium? How long do ‘sleep episodes’ last for?
Palliative care provisions are not meeting the needs of an ageing population
A commentary published in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the BGS, warns despite the fact that frail older people with multiple illnesses and end stage dementia are the most rapidly growing group in need of palliative care current provisions do not meet their needs.
Using population sub-segmentation to promote tailored end of life care in later life
Frailty is an especially problematic long term condition characterised by declining intrinsic capacity to deal with stressor events such as acute illness or physical accidents. When severe it significantly increases personal annual risk of reaching end of life.
“The Emperor’s New Clothes”
If we had spent one tenth of the money we have spent on new titles, structures and logos on culture change instead, we would be in a far better position than we find ourselves, thinks Professor Martin Green. And the integrated services that citizens are crying out for might be a more attainable goal.
The Other “F” Word: Is upstream prevention the way forward for falls?
Since the late 1990s when our local falls service was started by Rose Anne Kenny, falls services have moved from novelty to mainstream in the UK’s care of older people landscape. Steve Parry asks whether this service ubiquity has made a difference.
March 2018 issue of Age and Ageing journal is out now
The March 2018 issue of Age and Ageing is out. Read a summary of what is covered in this issue, including links to articles that can be downloaded for free.
Fostering attachment in dementia care
One of the most useful pieces of advice Matthew Berrisford can share with a colleague working in dementia care is this: whenever confronted with what you perceive to be attention-seeking behaviour, reframe it to yourself as attachment-seeking behaviour.
A Warm Glow in Solihull
Maxine Burrows and Yvonne Obaidy describe a pilot of intergenerational working that they pioneered in Olton in the West Midlands, with two local partners a residential care home for older adults and a day nursery.
Spring Speakers Series: Are rules of thumb the answer?
Can rules of thumb help manage uncertainty and the challenges facing practitioners caring for someone with dementia at the end of life? Caring for someone towards the end of life can be a rewarding and intimate experience but it can also be emotionally tough and challenging.
200 years of Parkinson’s disease
Marking the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the disease, Gavin Gordon looks at James Parkinson’s astute observation and careful description of only six patients which led to one of the earliest and most complete clinical descriptions of Parkinson’s disease.
A Taste of the BGS
An FY2 taster week can have a multitude of meanings. For some, it offers a reprieve from their mundane day job, almost as desirable as annual leave. For others, it is an opportunity to try a specialty that piqued their interest as a student. Fran Kirkham reflects on her own experience.
Practical palliative care after stroke
Palliative care is an active, holistic approach to those facing life-threatening illness. Good palliative care allows us ‘to live as well as possible for as long as possible’; and includes support for those approaching the end of their life.
How was your BGS Autumn Meeting 2017?
David Scott's impressions of the BGS Autumn Meeting 2017 which he attended in his capacity as a patient representative.
Detectives wanted! – applying for Geriatric Training
Zosia Beckett, a CMT2 in the West Yorkshire Region, and a representative on the BGS Trainees Council, runs through the application process for the geriatric medicine training programme.
We must do more to ensure no-one misses out on rehab
Whenever Professor Karen Middleton sees the Rehab Matters film she knows that the fictional story depicted is playing out in real life in homes across the country. It cuts her deeply, as a physiotherapist, to hear how a lack of access to rehabilitation has changed a life.
Handmade for Dementia North West & UK
Sharon Wallace, a professional singer from Chester, describes how she got hooked on knitting, to make items to help reassure and occupy dementia patients.
Geriatric Oncology: why older patients need a special approach
Anthea Cree is an oncology registrar but routinely holds clinics where many of the patients are over 80. This is a positive step as a third of cancer patients are over 75 years old and in the past many did not get a chance to see a specialist as they were automatically deemed to be too old for treatment.
BGS Rising Star Awards: Ruth Law and Thomas Jackson
In 2017, the award for quality went to Dr Ruth Law, Consultant in Integrated Geriatric Medicine, Whittington Health, for her work with the Integrated Community Ageing Team (ICAT) in Islington and to Dr Thomas Jackson for the work he has been doing in research.
Can a National Frailty Education Programme be a driver of culture change in healthcare?
Much has been written about the need for healthcare systems to adapt to meet the growing demands associated with demographic changes and an ageing population worldwide. For this to truly happen, we need a culture change, says Diarmuid O’Shea, Consultant Geriatrician at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin.