Monthly Archives: October 2013

Stefania’s Success Story

by Riitta Antikainen

Early in the morning in Oulu, wake-up, take a taxi to airport, a one-hour flight to Helsinki, morning flight to Milano – three hours,  train from Milano Malpensa to Milano central station, quick lunch with bread ad Coce, rushing 3-hour train trip to Venice: finally in Venice! But this was not all, there was a not-pre-planned or pre-expected 40 min ferry trip to Lido followed by short taxi trip-after having experienced all this you are there, in the Geriatric Congress Venue in Venice, Italy. Continue reading

It is not always easy to be a geriatrician


Anne Ekdahl is a geriatrician at the Vrinnevihospital in Sweden and the president of the Swedish Association of Geriatric Medicine.

As in many other countries in Europe it is not always easy to be a geriatrician. I came back from the EUGMS 2013 Congress in Venice full of power, spirit and pride in being a geriatrician: and then it was suddenly back to reality. Continue reading

Four helicopters and a string quartet

Desmond O’Neill is a consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine and immediate past president of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society

Unlike last year, there was not a formal cultural event at this year’s European geriatric medicine congress. The organising committee may rightly have considered this superfluous with the glories of Venice at our doorstep. Indeed, large numbers of geriatricians were observed garnering informal extra-mural CPD at the many locations across the island displaying the wonderful late-life creativity of Titian,Tintoretto, and Bellini. Continue reading

Sleep Disorders in older people

Kirstie Anderson is Project Leader at Newcastle University’s Clinical Ageing Research Unit, for the ICICLE Sleep Study. (Reblogged from the British Geriatrics Society blog).sleepy

Sleep is a biological imperative, famously described as “of the brain, by the brain and for the brain.” In young and middle aged volunteers, sleep restriction can be shown to adversely affect memory formation, consolidation and mood. Sleep disorders including insomnia, obstructive sleep apnoea and restless legs all increase in prevalence with age but the effects of disturbed sleep in the oldest age groups are still poorly understood. Sleep becomes increasingly fragmented, although total sleep time does not change significantly and there is weakening of the circadian rhythm which is likely to be both biological and environmental. Continue reading

A Core Curriculum for Nursing Home Care

nursing_care_3d_coverJohn Morley, Professor of Geriatrics and Endocrinology at the St Louis University, Missouri, describes the work of the Taskkforce convened by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) and the World Health Organisation, to develop a core curriculum for nursing home care.

The International Association for Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) has developed a core curriculum for nursing home care. Continue reading