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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Spring Speakers Series: Are rules of thumb the answer?
Can rules of thumb help manage uncertainty and the challenges facing practitioners caring for someone with dementia at the end of life? Caring for someone towards the end of life can be a rewarding and intimate experience but it can also be emotionally tough and challenging.
200 years of Parkinson’s disease
Marking the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the disease, Gavin Gordon looks at James Parkinson’s astute observation and careful description of only six patients which led to one of the earliest and most complete clinical descriptions of Parkinson’s disease.
A Taste of the BGS
An FY2 taster week can have a multitude of meanings. For some, it offers a reprieve from their mundane day job, almost as desirable as annual leave. For others, it is an opportunity to try a specialty that piqued their interest as a student. Fran Kirkham reflects on her own experience.
Practical palliative care after stroke
Palliative care is an active, holistic approach to those facing life-threatening illness. Good palliative care allows us ‘to live as well as possible for as long as possible’; and includes support for those approaching the end of their life.
How was your BGS Autumn Meeting 2017?
David Scott's impressions of the BGS Autumn Meeting 2017 which he attended in his capacity as a patient representative.
Detectives wanted! – applying for Geriatric Training
Zosia Beckett, a CMT2 in the West Yorkshire Region, and a representative on the BGS Trainees Council, runs through the application process for the geriatric medicine training programme.
We must do more to ensure no-one misses out on rehab
Whenever Professor Karen Middleton sees the Rehab Matters film she knows that the fictional story depicted is playing out in real life in homes across the country. It cuts her deeply, as a physiotherapist, to hear how a lack of access to rehabilitation has changed a life.
Handmade for Dementia North West & UK
Sharon Wallace, a professional singer from Chester, describes how she got hooked on knitting, to make items to help reassure and occupy dementia patients.
Geriatric Oncology: why older patients need a special approach
Anthea Cree is an oncology registrar but routinely holds clinics where many of the patients are over 80. This is a positive step as a third of cancer patients are over 75 years old and in the past many did not get a chance to see a specialist as they were automatically deemed to be too old for treatment.
BGS Rising Star Awards: Ruth Law and Thomas Jackson
In 2017, the award for quality went to Dr Ruth Law, Consultant in Integrated Geriatric Medicine, Whittington Health, for her work with the Integrated Community Ageing Team (ICAT) in Islington and to Dr Thomas Jackson for the work he has been doing in research.
Can a National Frailty Education Programme be a driver of culture change in healthcare?
Much has been written about the need for healthcare systems to adapt to meet the growing demands associated with demographic changes and an ageing population worldwide. For this to truly happen, we need a culture change, says Diarmuid O’Shea, Consultant Geriatrician at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin.
What is “essential” about dementia care?
Dementia care must include treating people with respect and dignity, and not defining people by their conditions. Shibley Rahman considers what essential dementia care looks like.
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.