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COVID-19: Vaccinations and older people
The first vaccines for COVID-19 have been approved for use in the UK and older people are being prioritised for access to the vaccine. This page brings together current information on vaccination, including BGS position statements, Q&As and useful external links.
Presentation slides: BGS SE & SW Thames Joint Region Meeting 2019
The BGS SE & SW Thames Joint Region Meeting 2019 was held on 16 October 2019 in West Sussex.
Healthier for longer: How healthcare professionals can support older people
This report is intended to explore how messages of prevention and healthy ageing apply to a population group that may already be ill and frail, and to the healthcare professionals who care for them.
Fun-guarding: Is safe the enemy of fun?
'Fun' and 'safe' do not have to be opposite concepts, writes Susan Shenkin.
Fun-guarding: When my time comes
Trisha Elliott reflects on how she would like fun to be guarded when she approaches frailty in older age.
Fun-guarding: Does it bring joy?
Consider whether an activity will bring joy to an older person over whether it is socially appropriate, says Jenni Mack.
Fun-guarding: Putting a value on fun
Talk to residents about what they want to achieve and you might be surprised, says Caroline Benham.
Fun-guarding: Involving the family
Many of our most important and fun moments relate to our family, explains David Attwood.
Fun-guarding in care homes: As important as safeguarding?
The first article in our fun-guarding series, George Coxon sets out what fun-guarding is and why it is important.
NFPCG evidence briefing: Multifactorial falls-prevention interventions
This briefing examines evidence on falls prevention from the Cochrane Library.
Strong, Steady & Straight: NOS Exercise and Osteoporosis Consensus Statement
Strong, Steady and Straight is an expert consensus statement on physical activity and exercise for osteoporosis from the National Osteoporosis Society, supported by the BGS.
Evaluation of an Otago Exercise Programme and behaviour change techniques to ensure adherence
In this study, the Otago Exercise Programme is enhanced with behaviour change techniques with a view to improving adherence to home exercise in frail older people
BGS 2018 Spring Meeting Conference Report
Ignoring older patients’ potential for personal growth could be a form of ageism, according to Prof John Gladman. “People can still have personal growth independent of the negatives of physical decline and social loss and we should be asking ourselves how we can encourage that.
Vaccination programmes in Older People
Infectious diseases account for a significant proportion of hospital admissions and deaths in the elderly. Unfortunately the immunological response to vaccines in older individuals is less than that in younger adults. We assess best practice in immunisation programmes among older people.
Nutritional Advice in Common Clinical Situations
The incidence of under nutrition among patients admitted to hospitals in UK is around 28% and is 25% greater in older people. Under nutrition results in longer lengths of stay in hospital. In care homes, 30% of residents were found to be undernourished.
Improving oral health in older people
The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England is concerned about the significant impact that poor oral health is having on older people’s general health and quality of life.
Deconditioning and loss of functional abilities in frail older people may start soon after arriving in hospital. Many end up in a care home prematurely because of it. This campaign, with downloadable resources, aims to encourage patients to 'Sit up, get dressed, keep moving!'