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“The Emperor’s New Clothes”
If we had spent one tenth of the money we have spent on new titles, structures and logos on culture change instead, we would be in a far better position than we find ourselves, thinks Professor Martin Green. And the integrated services that citizens are crying out for might be a more attainable goal.
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.
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.
Number of older people with four or more diseases will double by 2035, say researchers
A study published in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the BGS, reports that the number of older people diagnosed with four or more diseases will double between 2015 and 2035.
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.
Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment and the role it plays in improving care delivered to the older person
Diarmuid O’Shea and Carmel Hoey look at the importance of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in Ireland as they seek to modernise the model of care in the Republic, in the face of the challenge of an ageing population.
Is it time to redefine old age?
Nowadays a majority of people above the age of 65 remain active. Vedamurthy Adhiyaman discusses why we should redefine old age.
Ageing and economic growth – not all doom and gloom
Baroness Sally Greengross considers what the economic and societal effects of a global ageing society will be and says there's an increasing need for healthy older people to be employed into their seventies. She argues that the global phenomenon of ageing is not all bad news.
The second BGS cultural revolution - and the Living Well SIG
Exercise has been dubbed 'the miracle cure'. Sir Muir Gray argues that exercise not only prevents disease, disability and the factors that contribute to frailty but improves treatment outcomes, and urges BGS to establish a Living Well Special Interest Group.
Person-centred care in a sustainable system
The role of geriatricians and specialist health care professionals starts with identifying the care and treatment that best suits an older person’s individual needs and wishes, writes Eileen Burns, welcoming Independent Age’s new project, Doing care differently.
Seen the doctor on the Tele? Patient centred care needs for all including our older patients
Unsurprisingly many of us have more medical needs as we get older. While some people manage to stay remarkably fit, for others it is getting more difficult to get around town or worse across country.
Autumn Speakers Series: Is it just me… or have we listened and changed?
Care homes routinely feature in the press and not always for the right reasons. Sadly the negative stories do little to help us all promote the amazing work that is being done with people who live in care homes up and down the country.
Time for the BGS to help in Africa?
Healthcare in Africa is no longer just about infectious diseases. Stroke is now the second leading cause of death worldwide and hypertension is the leading risk factor for mortality worldwide, with most of the deaths occurring in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Arise, geriatricians of tomorrow! A specialty rising to meet the challenges of the modern NHS
Vicky Gibson's thoughts on the future of the profession of geriatric medicine and the Association for Elderly Medicine Education (AEME), founded in 2012, by a group of trainee geriatricians with the aim of improving elderly medicine education and promoting uptake into the specialty.
The BGS welcomes strategic approach to funding of care for older people
The BGS welcomes the announcement in the Chancellor’s Budget Statement on 8 March 2017, that the Government will be publishing a Green Paper in 2017 on the future financing of social care.
UK versus Netherlands: where would you want your grandmother looked after?
Seeing different European countries’ responses to an ageing population is an invaluable opportunity to learn and share innovation. As part of Health Education East Midlands’ Quality Improvement Fellowship, Barry Evans and Rachel Cowan were recently able to set up an exchange between the UK and the Netherlands for geriatricians in training.
A new holistic approach to pain management in older people
Pain in older people is under-reported and poorly appreciated. For many, it is seen as part of normal ageing, and being subjective it's difficult for clinicians to quantify. Consequently, it may be overlooked as an important factor affecting older people’s wellbeing. Two studies published in Age and Ageing aim to assess and characterise pain.
Personal reflections on the Global Summit on Ageing and Health
BGS president Eileen Burns attended and spoke at a Global Summit on Ageing held in Shanghai in 2016. Here she reflects on the conference, the economics of ageing which was discussed, and Chinese attitudes to health and care.
NHS: a giant Diogenes syndrome
Diogenes syndrome is a disorder characterized by self-neglect, squalor, apathy, hoarding and lack of shame. A person with Diogenes syndrome is intelligent but aggressive, stubborn, suspicious and emotionally labile. There are similarities between the NHS and Diogenes, thinks Adhi V Adhiyaman.
BGS Policy work on social care - August 2018
A lot of our policy and influencing work in the last year has focused on social care and the health impacts for older people, and the associated implications for our members' work, when there are difficulties in accessing good quality social care.
BGS Policy Update: Summer 2018
In order to make progress against our policy aims and objectives BGS engages in a mix of proactive and reactive activity. All of it is evidence-based and focused on the unique contribution that the Society is able to bring to inform policy development decisions. Some of it involves keeping a watching brief on external developments that have an impact on our members’ work and on the healthcare of older people. In this update I have provided a summary of recent developments and some of the engagement we have had.
BGS Response on the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia 2020
The BGS responded to the review of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 by Department of Health and Social Care. While lauding the progress made in promotion of public messages, the BGS remains concerned that cuts to public health funding are a barrier to spreading the public health message
BGS Policy Update, Spring 2018
There have been lots of positive opportunities for engaging with key opinion formers and decision makers in the last few months. We have been busy making the most of these opportunities, as well as continuing to build and strengthen our links with other organisations that we want to work with.