Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds

Dr Zoe Wyrko is a Consultant physician at University Hospital Birmingham and is the Director of Workforce for the BGS. In this blog she discusses the recent Channel 4 programme in which she appeared, Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds. She tweets @geri_baby

I’ve always had a soft spot for care homes. As a child I would occasionally go into work with my Mum and meet some of the old ladies she talked about. When I was older I started work in the same nursing home as a kitchen girl on Saturdays, and then later progressed to health care assistant. I remain proud of my training record from that time, showing I am competent to deliver personal care, clean dentures and cut nails.

This is why I was excited when an approach came from CPL productions, who were looking for geriatricians to be involved with a television programme they wanted to make about introducing children to a care home environment. Continue reading

Can Geriatric Medicine be learnt through reading ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’?

Dr Amy Heskett is a Speciality Doctor working in a Community Geriatrics team within West Kent called the Home Treatment Service. This team works alongside paramedics, GPs and district nurses to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions for people with frailty, multiple comorbidities, caring responsibilities or as part of end of life care.  The home visits use bedside testing and a multi-disciplinary approach to provide management of many acute medical presentations in a home-setting.  The development of these holistic plans requires a creative approach and the experiences often generate tweets @mrsapea and blogs at communitydoctoramy.wordpress.com

I read Roald Dahl’s ‘George’s Marvelous Medicine’ to my children today and my son said, “You really love the Grandma in this don’t you Mum?”

It’s true!  It was one of my favourite books during my own childhood and I now spend a large amount of time perfecting the Grandma’s voice for my children and absorbing the story with them as they snuggle on the sofa.  There is personal meaning to some of the pictures too and so a picture of George stirring the giant saucepan is hung on our kitchen wall.  The text describes ‘A rich blue smoke, the colour of peacocks’, at which point we cheer because Peacock is our family name. Continue reading

Shane O’Hanlon’s Age & Ageing Christmas Review- Part 2

Shane O’Hanlon is the Digital Media Editor for the BGS. He tweets @drohanlon

shaneThe second part of our look back at the most downloaded Age & Ageing articles of 2016…

  1. Jeanet Blom and team conducted a cluster randomised controlled trial of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a proactive, goal-oriented, integrated care model in general practice for older people in the Netherlands. No beneficial effects were found on QoL, patients’ functioning or healthcare use/costs, but GPs experienced better overview of the care and stability, e.g. less unexpected demands, in the care.

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An overview of the Policy Forum for Wales event

Hospital in Bridgend, Wales. He is a care of the elderly physician with an interest in Parkinson’s Disease and movement disorders.
flag_of_wales_2-svgOrganised by the Policy Forum for Wales, this event which was held on 19 October, provided the Welsh Government, and other agencies, the opportunity to engage with key stakeholders and discuss public health policy issues that particularly affect Wales. This seminar was about involving health and social care senior policy makers in developing a vision for Wales and bringing together multiple organisations (public sector, voluntary and third sector) to have a dialogue about how best to influence the Welsh Government’s health and social care policies.

The day was kicked off by chair Mr Huw Irranca – Davies AM, with a cross party group on cancer introducing the theme of the day. This was followed by brief from Professor Siobhan McClelland on current trends in health care in Wales including a £700 million gap in the budget for health and social care (10% of the total health budget). She emphasised that service configurations should be decided according to local need rather than by committee or Government mandate. Continue reading

Emotionally shattering & frustratingly unsettling: “The Father” reviewed

The Father  - Claire Skinner, Kenneth Cranham - Photo credit Simon AnnandShane O’Hanlon is a consultant geriatrician in Reading, and Honorary Deputy Secretary & Digital Media Editor at the British Geriatrics Society. Here he reviews “The Father”, currently playing at the Wyndham Theatre in the West End.

Deliriogenic. Emotionally shattering. Frustratingly unsettling. These are some of the ways to describe French playwright Florian Zeller’s uncomfortable study of dementia, “The Father”.

For Andre (Kenneth Cranham), life has begun to lose its rhyme and reason. We enter at an uncomfortable moment, where his family are trying to explain why he needs a carer. He certainly seems to lack insight, but our impression of what he was like before his illness is never clear – an all too real feature of dementia where we never get to know the person behind the disease.

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Book review: Geriatric Medicine At a Glance

glanceDr Shane O’Hanlon is a consultant geriatrician in Reading, and edits the BGS Blog; he tweets at @drohanlon

It seems like ages since the last quality textbook in geriatrics came out, so it is great to see this new addition to the popular “At A Glance” series. I’m a huge fan of these books, with their concise 2 page summary-style chapters that are ideal for quick reference. As a medical student they were perfect for revising, once you had read the main textbook: I spent many happy nights by candlelight with Pharm At a Glance, for example! Continue reading

Where The Heart Is

thwb_smEd Gillett is Communications & PR Manager at the BGS. In this blog, he looks at a new project placing writers ad other artists on creative residencies within care homes.

Think of poets, artists and writers working with care homes, and you might initially think of arts-based therapy and other activities for residents Where The Heart Is, a recent arts-based programme run by Age Concern, has taken a different approach, placing artists from various disciplines within care homes, and inviting them to create work inspired by their experiences.

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Book review: Manual of Nutritional Therapeutics

$_58Margot Gosney is Professor of Elderly Care Medicine at the University of Reading and Consultant Physician at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. Here she reviews the Manual of Nutritional Therapeutics.

The 6th edition of this very detailed book has just been published: the fact that it has continued to be relevant and required reading since its first publication in 1983 indicates its usefulness. The American editors have gone out of their way to cover subjects not only in great detail, but also to provide very relevant and up to date references to support the chapters.

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Still Alice – film review

cdn.indiewireDr. Vikas Bhalla is a Consultant Geriatrician at the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and tweets as @drvkb

Still Alice is a film I have been looking forward to seeing for a long time, not only in my role as dementia lead for my hospital but also as a self-confessed film geek. There has also, of course, been huge hype surrounding Julianne Moore’s performance, for which she has won virtually every single “Best Actress” award this year, including an Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild.

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Book Review: Best of five MCQs for the Geriatric Medicine SCE

Samuel Blows is a SpR in Geriatric Medicine on the North East London rotation and has a particular interest in Medical Education. He tweets @blowseyBest of 5

Best of Five MCQs for geriatric medicine SCE comprises three full mock papers each with one hundred questions. Following each paper there is a section with answers and detailed explanations.

The questions will give the candidate a fair idea of what to expect come the exam. The questions are challenging without exceeding what would be expected of a successful candidate. At the same time there is a comparable mix of subjects including questions about continence alongside questions about complex discharge planning. In addition to this the question “stems” mimic the length and detail a candidate would receive in the exam allowing the book to be taken as 3 separate “mock” papers or the candidate can work through it at his/her leisure. Continue reading