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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Making the most of our assets
The Reimagining community services report (Kings Fund 2018) highlights the need for strengthening community services with the aim of supporting our older population, bringing to reality the vision set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View.
Using a frailty index in the Emergency Department
Emergency departments are often the safety net of the health care system where the mission is to rapidly evaluate, intervene and organise care. With ageing populations and the growing presence of older adults in EDs, this mission represents a significant challenge.
Study reveals admitting an older relative in temporary respite care can be deadly
A world first study into deaths of Australians admitted into aged respite care – usually to provide a break for their carer – reveals that older people in respite care are significantly more likely to die from preventable injury causes than permanent nursing home residents.
Ward rounds – are they safe and effective for patients and doctors?
Geriatricians are, in many hospitals, now responsible for more than 50 per cent of in-patients. A recent article in the BMJ suggests that doctors’ way of working would not be accepted by businesses making decisions with far less impact and suggests that the old concept of the ward round is broken.
The BGS calls for urgent action on hunger and malnutrition among older people
The BGS welcomes the report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger, which highlights that malnutrition is most likely to arise among older people following setbacks – for example bereavement, illness, a loss of transport, or a nearby shop closing – which leave them unable to access food easily.
Specialist Care Frailty Network – we need your help!
The Acute Frailty Network has been in existence for a few years, with a focus on acute medical care and emergency care. Simon Conroy describes its work: would you be interested in helping out?
Spring Speakers Series: The meaning of life expectancy
Is getting old about decline or about personal growth? John Gladdman, of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, ruminates on the implications of increased life expectancy ahead of the talk he gave at the BGS Spring Meeting.
Qualitative research in Age and Ageing
A themed collection of Age and Ageing articles includes a selection of papers published over the last 10 years which highlights the value of qualitative methodologies in health services research.
BGS Rising Star Award for quality: Dr Ruth Law
Ruth Law who has been awarded the BGS Rising Star Award for quality, describes her work and sets out what she feels are the key elements to growing a quality service.
Handmade for Dementia North West & UK
Sharon Wallace, a professional from Chester tells how she got hooked on knitting small items to help occupy and comfort distressed dementia patients, and the amazing response her group has had.
Comprehensive Care - NIHR themed review of research into older people with frailty in hospitals
There is a real problem with the huge amount of research being published, much of which is not widely read or put into practice, writes John Gladman. How can we overcome this problem?
Blue Ribbon Patient: do not transfer
Most of those working in acute care have been involved in late night bed pressures that call for the dreaded decision to move some patients. End of life patients seem particularly at risk of being moved, which can be very distressing for all concerned.
Spring Speakers Series: Asthma in the older patient
Although regarded as a disease of children and young adults, evidence suggests that late onset asthma carries a poorer prognosis. In those aged over 75 the death rate from asthma has doubled. Dominick Shaw looks at this problem.
LOST: sense of humour
Bridget Leach believes that humour, when used sensitively, can connect people in a human way and ease tension in the stressful environment of a hospital. And she's not joking.
January 2018 issue of Age and Ageing journal is out now
What's in the January 2018 issue of Age and Ageing, the journal of the BGS, including links to seven articles which can be downloaded and read for free.
Taking control of our homes as we get older
Adapting the home can vastly improve its comfort and usability for older people, ensuring they can carry out daily activities safely, comfortably and with dignity. Yet at least half a million people in England are living without the adaptations they need - and this is probably an underestimate.
1Ib beefsteak, with 1 pt bitter beer every six hours...
Anaemia is common in older people, accounting for 10 per cent of over 65’s, rising to up to 30 per cent of over 85 year olds, notes Pandora Wright, as she calls for a new BGS Special Interest Group for Anaemia.
BGS MDS trainee reps - what’s involved?
The BGS Movement Disorders Section are actively seeking to appoint new trainee representatives, ideally at ST4 level or above. Jo Russell recounts her experience of the role.
A City United: destination for the 2018 BGS Trainees Weekend
The BGS National Trainees Weekend is organised by trainees for trainees. Niamh Ni Nidh outlines what the event will cover.
The diagnostic myths that do not die (volume 2)
In 2013 Professor David Oliver wrote a blog, the Geriatrics 'Profanisaurus', a list of words and phrases that should, he thought, be banned. Now Dan Thomas adds some frequently encountered diagnoses that should be approached with scepticism.