Monthly Archives: May 2013

Timo Strandberg awarded chair in geriatric medicine

Professor Jean-Pierre Michel is President of the EUGMS 

Prof Timo Strandberg

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.

European Courts and Old People

Written by Graham Mulley, emeritus professor of elderly care, University of Leeds and first published on the BGS Blog

image by Gwenaël Piaser

image Gwenaël Piaser

The current issue of Age and Ageing features an original paper on Older Europeans and the European Court of Justice by Israel Doron.  Why should busy geriatricians be interested in legal activities in Europe?

The short answer is that these courts have the potential for championing old people’s human and legal rights.  These courts often judge in favour of elders, yet the number of cases referred is small and is not increasing – despite the greater numbers of elderly citizens. Continue reading

Prague hosted the fifth meeting of ELTECA Advisory Board

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

Health in care homes: can we do better?

Published with kind permission by the BGS blog team

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

Pain in older people is under-recognised and under-treated

This article was published by kind permission of the British Geriatrics Society Blog Team

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.Image

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.