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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
Cardiovascular risk factors and frailty in a cross-sectional study of older people
Screening older people to identify frailty could include opportunities to review lifestyle advice and medication to optimise levels of Cardiovascular risk factors for prevention of disability and death in frail older people.
The link between pain and frailty revealed: it’s time to move towards more effective pain management in older people
The presence of pain may contribute to and/or accelerate the process of frailty in older adults through the following mechanisms: reduction of mobility and physical activity, depression, social isolation and reduction of nutritional intake. These changes could leave older adults more vulnerable and less able to effectively adapt to physiologic stressors.
The Great Balancing Act – perspectives from older people on falls risk
Falling represents the leading cause of unintentional injury in this population with approximately one third of older adults falling each year.
Frequent drinkers unravelled
Older people are not only at risk because they drink more often, but also because quantities of alcohol that may have been safer earlier in life have the potential to damage an older person’s health.
Drug burden in older people approaching end of life
While in hospital, patients consumed an average of 24 different medications. One-in-six patients consumed 35 or more individual medications. When discharged home from hospital, patients were prescribed an average of 2 unnecessary or inappropriate medications.
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".
15 years of dementia treatment in 15 papers: an online themed collection in Age and Ageing journal
Age and Ageing journal is delighted to be able to publish this free online collection of 15 papers to provide an update on the advances of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions in dementia over the last 15 years.
New guidelines for recognising and assessing pain in older adults
New recommendations to help healthcare professionals recognise and assess levels of pain in older people were published today in the scientific journal Age and Ageing. The guidelines were developed by the British Geriatrics Society, the British Pain Society, the Royal College of Nursing and others.
How (I try!) to avoid a hospital admission for someone with frailty
Dr Amy Heskett gives a practical checklist for avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions, developed from feedback received from paramedics, carers, patients, District Nurses and GPs.
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.
The Other “F” Word: Is upstream prevention the way forward for falls?
Since the late 1990s when our local falls service was started by Rose Anne Kenny, falls services have moved from novelty to mainstream in the UK’s care of older people landscape. Steve Parry asks whether this service ubiquity has made a difference.
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.
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.
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.
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.