Report from the BGS Falls and Postural Stability Meeting 2015

BGS Logo CMYKThis year’s well attended Falls and Postural Stability Conference was held in Wembley, London. BGS member Mary Ni Lochlainn reports back.

The first session at this year’s BGS Falls and Postural Stability Conference was opened by Professor Alice Nieuwbower, from University of Leuven, Belgium, who discussed falls in the context of Parkinson’s Disease (PD).

Patients with PD are twice as likely to fall, compared to healthy older adults. It seems wobbling is a major factor here with ‘sway’ more predictive of falls than ‘gait speed’ in this population. Sway-metrics (probably not as much fun as they sound) show increased sway in patients taking levodopa, leading to a therapeutic challenge for clinicians.

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Links between depression and syncope in older people

Jaspreet Bhangu is a Clinical Research Fellow and Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine in Dublin Ireland. His paper The relationship between syncope, depression and anti-depressant use in older adults was recently published in Age and Ageing journal.depression and syncope

The Irish LongituDinal study on Ageing (TILDA) is a large scale, nationally representative, study on ageing in Ireland. TILDA collects information on all aspects of health, economic and social circumstances from people aged 50 and over in a series of data collection waves once every two years. In addition to providing vital information for strategic planning and policy for older people in Ireland, it provides a rich scientific database to further study common diseases in older adults.  It has recruited over 8000 people and has captured important data on falls and syncope in older people. Continue reading

British Geriatrics Society Scientific meeting: Day 2

This week sees the 2013 BGS Autumn Scientific Meeting take place in Harrogate. This international multi-disciplinary conference is for professionals concerned with the the health and care of older people. We will be presenting a packed scientific programme, with updates on a variety of clinical topics covering several special interests.poster exhibition

The second day of our conference opens at 9.00 with the President’s Welcome Address, followed by an update on the BGS response to the Francis Report.

Session G (9.20-10.30) is dedicated to Syncope beginning with Prof Roseanne Kenny (Trinity College Dublin) on the assessment of the older patient with syncope, followed by Dr Michael Norton (South of Tyne and Wear) who will be discussing when a cardiologist should see an older patient with syncope? Continue reading