Mirabegron – useful for frail older people?
Henry Woodford questions the validity of using bladder anticholinergic drugs for frail older people with urinary incontinence. He says it has not been tested in frail older people and may have its own longer-term adverse effects related to adrenergic stimulation.
The BGS and the BAD - some good cross-pollination
The British Association of Dermatologists (the BAD) invites other specialist societies to provide a ‘guest parallel session’ at the BAD annual scientific meeting and the BGS was invited to do this at the July 2018 BAD meeting in Edinburgh.
Low vitamin intake is associated with risk of frailty in older adults
Whereas the effects of protein intake to stave off frailty have been studied, the effects of specific nutrients have not, until now.
Frailty in older people and the stay safe initiative
The website 'Staysafe' has been created to signpost people to the wealth of resources and advice available to help them as they get older – including support on nutrition, exercise and accident prevention.
John's Campaign in Scotland and England
People with dementia are not children but the effect of a hospital stay can be catastrophic for a person with dementia . John's Campaign promotes open visiting hours to enable the family of the person with dementia to minimise the confusion and distress of a hospital stay.
Discussing palliative care for people with dementia living at home and in care homes
Rose Miranda argues that not only researchers, doctors and nurses should be aware of the phenomenon of pain in people with dementia. We need to make the public aware of it too.
Effective record keeping and ordering of medicines - for Care Home Managers
SCIE has published a guide and created an interactive web resource for home care managers providing medicines support.
'Geriatrics' - an old problem
On seeing the debate around the word 'geriatrics' inMay 2018, Dr Tak-Kwan Kong, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Hong Kong Geriatrics Society sent us this editorial on 'packing geriatrics'. It was published in the Society's Journal in 1996.
The journey from Gerontologia Clinica to Age and Ageing
Mike Denham charts the journey of British Geriatric Medicine's journal, Gerontologia Clinica from its inception, when publishers dismissed geriatric medicine as 'unimportant', to the highly successful descendant, Age and Ageing.
BGS Newsletter: Issue 66 August 2018
This issue looks at CGA in acute care, evidence for hip fracture guidelines, the Stay Safe initiative and the Otago home exercise programme.
NICE: Intermediate care including reablement
NICE standard covers referral and assessment for intermediate care. It covers bed-based intermediate care, crisis response, home-based intermediate care and reablement. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.