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Impact of Covid-19 on older people in rural Kenya
While it is important for us to focus on the issues facing older people in the United Kingdom, it is important for geriatricians to have a broader perspective of the impact of this pandemic on older people in countries which do not have the benefits of the health care and social care available to us in the UK.
Are you ready for the autumn and winter?
The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have led to a significant increase in the risk of falls amongst older people in the UK. During the pandemic, community falls services have largely been put on hold.
The work of older people and informal caregivers in managing a change in health
Out of hospital care for older people, such as hospital-at-home, is being delivered in a number of countries as an alternative to hospitalisation for a select group of older people.
Working across organisational boundaries to improve care of older people
Earlier this year health and social care organisations across Newcastle upon Tyne (Collaborative Newcastle) were focused on how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A matter of PRINCIPLE - How geriatric medicine teams can help find treatments for COVID-19 in older people
A fresh look at failure
I can feel an approaching pandemic in use of the word failure. It started with failure to plan, failure to supply PPE and economic failure. There is talk of failure to support frail older people and other vulnerable groups.
My last shift as a care home nurse
In this blog I write as a care home nurse with hindsight, reliving my shift in mid-March, when I could hear the ‘hooves of the apocalyptic horses’ approaching as coronavirus took hold. I have not worked there since, as I have instead been caring for my husband who is shielding.
There’s no need for a battle of ideas between hospital and community geriatrics. We need more of both. [Part 2]
Earlier this week I wrote about ongoing and sometimes over-polarised debates within British geriatric medicine, BGS membership, and government policy around community versus acute hospital care for older people with frailty who require skilled assessment and treatment.
There’s no need for a battle of ideas between hospital and community geriatrics. We need more of both.
Taking the weight out of the waiting list - setting up a Home Based Care Pathway for people with Parkinson’s
As I write this, we are in the grip of a pandemic lockdown. My clinic-room appointments have been postponed and home visits have been restricted. Of course, I am concerned for the people on my caseload, most are whom are self-isolating or strictly social distancing.
If ever there was a time to work together to improve services for older patients with frailty, it’s now!
EuGMS Congress and COVID-19
Do put October 11-13th in your calendar now for 2021 in Athens. As a result, the Congresses in London 2021 and Helsinki 2022 have each now moved one year onwards. However, this year’s dates, October 7-9th 2020, will be put to good use as we are providing: COVID-19 in Europe: A Virtual Congress.
Eid Al-Fitr: A time for reflection
The month of Ramadan has passed relatively quickly. I have spent some long days at work and at home being rather hungry and thirsty. I have been fasting for around 17hrs a day and am eager now to return to being able to eat and drink during daylight hours.
As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its fifth month there is increasing focus within the UK on care home deaths. Latest figures show almost 5000 deaths were registered in the week ending 10 April, double the number a month prior.
Remembering Dementia Action Week
Dementia Action Week, organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, was due to fall between 11 and 17 May 2020. Although Dementia Action Week has now been deferred to later in the year, it still seems a good opportunity to raise the profile of dementia