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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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.
General election – how do the main parties’ manifesto commitments stack up against BGS’s priorities?
We’re two weeks out from a snap general election and the major parties have set out their stall in their election manifestos. The BGS, like many other charities, has also published our manifesto, setting out what the incoming Government must prioritise to improve healthcare for older people in England.
Recording patient co-morbidities: where’s the best place to get the information?
Patients’ self-reported information on their health conditions is often used in clinical practice. It may be used for direct patient care, when patients are asked about their current medical conditions when admitted acutely to hospital or if they move to a new general practice.
Elective Evaluation: Juntendo University Hospital, Tokyo
Having now completed my elective at Juntendo University Hospital, Tokyo, I have had some time to reflect on what I learned under the guidance of Professor Fujiwara in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department.
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.
Our 4000th Member, Amanda Aw!
Amanda Aw is a final year Glasgow medical student and honoured to be the 4000th member of the British Geriatrics Society
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.
Are “frailty units” and “dementia wards” the anathema of pure person-centred care?
Person-centred care, for those who are enthusiastic about it like me, can at times feel like a religion. To be a pure follower of this approach, it means respecting the holistic aspects of a person, including perhaps interests and beliefs.
Osteoarthritis- Are we managing this chronic disease as proactively as we should?
How often is osteoarthritis named as a chronic disease on a GP summary or in a problem list forming part of a comprehensive geriatric assessment? Not infrequently perhaps but it certainly doesn’t feature as often as it should.
Malnutrition: A significant threat to our health as we age
Malnutrition is largely preventable and treatable and yet is a growing problem for our ageing population, often overshadowed by the health concerns of obesity.
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’.