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The BGS supports new/early career investigators in research through a number of opportunities. The aim of this resource is to provide existing and new information in the form of a pathway for investigators to follow and experience the development of their ideas to outputs.
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.
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.
Reflections of an Editor
The learning opportunities that the editor’s role has afforded have been quite phenomenal. When you get to see over 1000 articles per annum you are pushed into thinking about all aspects of the speciality and clinical research methods
May 2018 issue of Age and Ageing journal is out now
The May 2018 issue of Age and Ageing, the journal of the British Geriatrics Society is out now.
Spring Speakers Series: Promoting Activity and Independence in early Dementia
Why diagnose dementia? And why diagnose dementia early? Because we want to do something to make lives better? If so, what?
"Doc, I read on the Internet that probiotics might help me. Is it true?"
In 2001, an international Joint Expert Consultation of scientists working on behalf of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization defined probiotics as “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host".
Palliative care provisions are not meeting the needs of an ageing population
A commentary published in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the BGS, warns despite the fact that frail older people with multiple illnesses and end stage dementia are the most rapidly growing group in need of palliative care current provisions do not meet their needs.
March 2018 issue of Age and Ageing journal is out now
The March 2018 issue of Age and Ageing is out. Read a summary of what is covered in this issue, including links to articles that can be downloaded for free.
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.
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.
Qualitative research in Age and Ageing
A themed collection of Age and Ageing articles includes a selection of papers published over the last 10 years which highlights the value of qualitative methodologies in health services research.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Catching some zzz’s with Z-drugs? You might want to reconsider
Insomnia is a very common medical complaint, and increases with age. Patients with insomnia often report increased daytime fatigue, confusion, anxiety, and depression. But sleeping tablets may not be the best course, thinks Ilan Matok.
Book Review: Please tell me…
'Please tell me...', is a large and easy is to navigate book designed to give to someone you care for, to record their cherished memories; a working document with spaces to draw, stick in photos, and colour in together. Liz Charalambous explains how it can be used.
Book review: The Geriatrician in Court
There is an increasing amount of medicolegal work related to dementia, deprivation of liberty safeguards and mental capacity. In this environment there has been a gap in the market for a book that focuses specifically on our needs, but retired geriatrician Dr Geoffrey Phillips is at hand with help.