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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.
Do you know what Yoga is?
You would be forgiven if you thought that yoga was only for younger, fit women and that it mainly consisted of bending your body into pretzel like poses. However the practice of yoga goes far beyond the physical poses (known as asanas), and yoga can be attainable by all.
Where and how would you want to spend your last 1000 days?
If you were an older person living with frailty where and how would you want to spend your last 1000 days? It is often difficult to accurately predict prognosis for older adults living with frailty and they have different needs at the end of life to younger people.
Asking the Big Questions in Dublin’s Fair City – Part 2
In the world of Alzheimer’s research we heard from Professor Michael Rowan, who focused on amyloid and ageing. Sleep and mood disorders can pre-date dementia diagnoses, and we see circadian rhythm disturbances in Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
Asking the Big Questions in Dublin’s Fair City – Part 1
This February marked the first, hopefully of many, Biogerontology for Clinicians International Conference, held at the state-of-the-art Mercer Institute of Successful Ageing (MISA) at St. James’ Hospital, Dublin.
Other than exercising? Another way for fear of falling…
Whenever you are afraid of losing balance in doing something, it means you might have fear of falling.
The link between frailty and losing teeth
Bacteria accumulates in the mouth on a daily basis, and if patients don’t get rid of it by brushing and flossing twice a day, they could put themselves at risk of many health conditions. Now, a recent study has found that losing teeth could even result in frailty, which is especially a concern for seniors.
Love makes the world go round but sex adds the sparkles: A review of “Dementia, Sex and Wellbeing”
Two phrases leap to mind when faced with the question “what do you think of when you hear ‘dementia and sex'?”: “inappropriate behaviour” and “safeguarding issues”. The author of this book acknowledges this perspective: in this group of people, the issue of sex is only raised in the context of problems or concerns.
Spring Speakers Series: Promoting Activity and Independence in early Dementia
Why diagnose dementia? And why diagnose dementia early? Because we want to do something to make lives better? If so, what?
Book review: Visiting the Memory Café and other Dementia Care Activities
Visiting the Memory Cafe and Other Dementia Care Activities has been developed by Caroline Baker and her colleagues at Barchester Healthcare as a framework for planning and implementing programmes of activity that optimise the wellbeing of people living with dementia.