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Age and Ageing collection: Falls in older people
These articles have been selected by the Editor of Age and Ageing for inclusion in this special collection of the Journal's best articles on falls.
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.
March 2019 issue of Age and Ageing journal is out now
The March 2019 issue of Age and Ageing, the journal of the British Geriatrics Society is out now.
Age and Ageing appoints new Editor Professor Rowan Harwood
Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, has appointed Professor Rowan Harwood as its new Editor from February 2019. Professor Harwood will succeed Professor David Stott who has been Editor since 2014.
Prestigious Dhole-Eddlestone Memorial Prize awarded to ‘Projections of multi-morbidity in the older population in England to 2035’
The prize is given annually to the most deserving medical research appertaining to the needs of older people published in Age and Ageing, scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society.
New consensus to enable early detection and treatment of sarcopenia
A new consensus enabling the early detection and treatment of sarcopenia was published today in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society.
Lower deaths overall but frailty is still ‘fatal’, say researchers
A study published today in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, found that despite death rates in the UK now being much lower than in the 1990s, the relationship between higher levels of frailty and mortality remains unchanged.
What Goes In Affects What Comes Out – How Frailty Affects Outcomes in Ischaemic Stroke
Geriatricians play a key role in Stroke Medicine. Alongside neurologists and rehabilitation physicians, geriatricians bring a vital skill to the management of stroke; an understanding of frailty.
Lifecourse frailty in China
We examined whether poor early life circumstances lead to an increased risk of becoming frail in older age. We studied over 6,000 older Chinese men and women (at least 60 years) who were not frail; they were voluntary participants in the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study.
Remember the importance of a healthy smile!
Getting older and having dementia increases the risk of health problems and can make it hard for people to keep their mouth and teeth clean. As a result, more oral health problems occur.
Should all older adults with type 2 diabetes lower their HbA1c level?
A study has found that among people whose HbA1c was greater than or equal to 7.5 at baseline, those who achieved the glycemic target within a year were associated with higher incidence of dementia in 6 years.
How much do we spend on patients at the end of life, across different care settings?
It is a commonly accepted principle that demand for healthcare always outstrips resources, and so in the UK’s publicly funded health system, it is important to look at how and where costs are being incurred to make sure we are making the best use of limited resources.
A winning strategy for England Rugby, and reducing medication-related harm?
This Saturday the England Rugby team will step out onto the pitch at the International Stadium Yokohama, Japan, to compete in the Rugby World Cup Final.
Keeping planes in the air - learning the art of interdisciplinary working
I stared through the window at the propellor whirring not much more than 8 feet from my head and wondered what makes the difference between safety and disaster on an aeroplane. Evidence from the airline industry would suggest that the biggest single factor is the human factor - the so called nontechnical skills.
How should we express grip strength when predicting health outcomes?
Did you know that your hand grip strength can be used to predict future health outcomes? Well, it can! Our recent study provides good evidence that lower grip strength is closely associated with an increase in risk of dying early, some cancers, heart and lung diseases.
Dying in the place of your choice – does the slipper of cancer fit on the foot of dementia?
What is the leading cause of death in the UK? Cancer? Heart disease? Nope, it is dementia. Much value has been placed on dying in the place of one’s wishes however those with dementia seem to have been excluded from this focus. Why is it so hard to research wishes around death in those with dementia? Is it because we still forget it is a terminal disease? (1) Does it adhere to the issues with advance care planning in that when one is well they don’t wish to talk about it but when they are unwell they can’t?
Perioperative medicine: we’ve come a long way but there is still a long road ahead
As the population ages, increasing numbers of older people are presenting for elective and / or emergency surgical intervention. This group is at higher risk of adverse postoperative outcome, likely due to underlying comorbidity and frailty, increasing vulnerability to decompensation after surgery.
Missing a step: fragmented pathways of care for people with dementia following a fall
Loss of muscle mass and strength in patients with cancer – not as harmless as it sounds
Nearly 40 years ago, in the late 1980s, the frequently observed decline in muscle mass with increasing age was termed sarcopenia. Since then, sarcopenia has become a hot topic for researchers and clinicians as they work to identify its place in age and disease-related processes.
What does Big Data offer Geriatric Medicine?
In Cardiff, on Thursday 11th April 2019 at 9:30 - 11 am, the BGS conference is running a workshop ‘What does Big Data offer Geriatric Medicineʔ
A common European postgraduate curriculum in geriatric medicine
Demographic changes associated with increased longevity, care requirements and growing multi-morbidity make a strong case for the specialty of Geriatric Medicine. Currently more than 70% of the European Union member states already recognise and commit to Geriatric Medicine as a specialty. However, there are considerable differences in the way the specialty is practiced across Europe.
Could too low blood pressure in old age increase mortality?
With increasing age, blood pressure rises as a consequence of arterial stiffness, caused by the biological process of ageing and arteries becoming clogged with fatty substances, otherwise known as arteriosclerosis. Large hypertension trials showed that lowering blood pressure in people over 60 is beneficial and lowers the risk of heart attacks, stroke, and all-cause mortality, even in people over 80.