Professor Jean-Pierre Michel is President of the EUGMS
Prof Timo Strandberg
EUGMS President-Elect Timo Strandberg, MD, PhD, gave his inaugural lecture for the Professorship of Geriatrics at the University of Helsinki, Finland on May 29, 2013.
his lecture was “How to live healthy up 100 years”. After the solemn lecture, professor Strandberg tried to behave up to his teachings: good mood, some champagne and a bit healthful Mediterranean and Nordic diet.
The fifth meeting of ELTECA advisory board and the second ELTECA conference was held on 25 and 27 April 2013 in the Hotel Grand Majestic Plaza in Prague. ELTECA (originally the working title) is the acronym for Exchange of Experience in Long-Term Care. The theme of the conference focused on the issues of dementia and pain in long-term care. Continue reading
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Dr Adam Gordon is a Consultant and Honorary Associate Professor in Medicine of Older People at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham. He also edits this blog.
Arrangements to provide health care to UK care homes are often inadequate. In the British Geriatrics Society’s Failing the Frail Report, based on a national survey by the Care Quality Commission, 57% of residents were reported as being unable to access all health care services required. In 2011, a collaboration of health care groups led by the British Geriatrics Society published Quest for Quality, which went so far as to describe existing arrangements as “a betrayal of older people, an infringement of their human rights and unacceptable in a civilised society”. Continue reading
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Pain in older people is under-recognised and under-treated according to the authors of new guidance on the management of pain in older people published by the British Pain Society and the British Geriatrics Society.
There have been very few studies dedicated to the management of pain in older people. However, the bio-physiological changes that occur with ageing, the accumulation of co-morbidities and co-prescription of medication, frailty and psychosocial changes make older people rather different when considering treatment options for pain control.The British Geriatrics Society and British Pain Society have collaborated to produce the first UK guideline on the management of pain in older people. The recommendations follow an extensive systematic review of the available literature and aim to help health professionals, in any care setting, to consider the options available when managing pain in older patients.
The guideline has been categorised into sections dealing with pharmacology, interventional therapies, psychological interventions, physical activity and assistive devices and complementary therapies.
For a number of reasons older people do not always report pain and, in addition to this, health professionals often don’t know how best to manage pain in older people. Treatment is often limited to prescribing basic medication and is seldom tailored to an individual. National guidance on the management of pain in older people is long overdue and these evidence based clinical guidelines are an important step towards improving quality of life for older people by focusing attention on a range of appropriate pain relief options and interventions.