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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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.
Predicting who will be admitted to a care home from hospital
Care home admission from hospital has long been recognised as an area of significant variation in practice and one which remains a strategic target to reduce across the UK. Jenni Burton explores the predictors of this life-changing transition.
HIV and older people
World AIDS Day is dedicated to fighting stigma and discrimination, and raising awareness of the HIV /AIDS pandemic. We mark this day by, in turn, raising awareness of older people with HIV.
John’s Campaign, three years old: changing the culture of care?
Nicci Gerrard and Julia Jones mark the third anniversary of John's Campaign, which advocates for the removal of all restrictions on family carers supporting relatives in hospital, and a positive attitude of welcome throughout the health and care system.
November 2017 issue of Age and Ageing journal is out now
What's in the November 2017 issue of Age and Ageing, including links to eight articles which can be downloaded and read for free.
The Budget was a missed opportunity to help frail older patients stranded in hospital
Speaking at the BGS national conference, Eileen Burns, BGS President, said that the budget ‘failed to address the critical issue of delayed transfers of care for older people, by increasing funding for social care’.
Fitter individuals are at the highest risk of death associated with delirium
It's well-recognised that delirium is associated with increased mortality, but less clear whether this is the case across the spectrum of frailty. It might have bimodal outcomes - worse in frailer people, but protective in fitter individuals by highlighting an underlying problem early.
Older people are living longer than before, but are they healthier?
Despite increasing lifespans, there is little evidence that older people today are living healthier than their predecessors did at the same age. This is a major cause of concern for many. Ruby Yu examines the findings of a long term study of frailty and old age in Hong Kong.
Silent compression fractures: a missed opportunity
Osteoporotic fragility fractures are estimated to cost the UK £2 billion a year. This includes the cost of acute hospital stay, rehabilitation and social care. Only a very small proportion of this is invested in pharmacological management and secondary prevention of osteoporosis.
A generation of doctors unable to look after their patients?
Patients are getting older. With more frailty, multiple comorbidities and social issues, these patients are often described as ‘complex’, making them sound as if they are something special. The reality is that they are now the norm and everybody should be able to deal with the norm.