Today working, tomorrow old and retired!
We have to learn a lot of things about how we should live today if our ambition is to became healthy old persons later. The Finns as European people are getting older. Who will take care of us then later? Continue reading
Take a map and find the Finnish eastern long border between Finland and Russia. Let your finger run up north, you are going to pass the beautiful lake district, move up more, you come to the waist of Finland, the narrowest part of Finland. You are in Kainuu. Continue reading
Marit Apeland Alfsvåg is leader of the Geriatric Department at Stavanger University Hospital and Prof Annette Hylen Ranhoff is Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Bergen.
Norway has a long coast, fjords and huge mountain areas. The population is small with only 5 million people, and 4 million live in cities.
Norway has become part of the wave of ageing. The percentage of people who are 65 years or older is about 14% and is estimated to reach 23% in 2030. The care of the older people has been declared to be a national priority. Continue reading
by Timo Strandberg
These winter weeks are usually very busy for Finnish geriatricians and often quite cold weather (possibly down to minus 30 degrees Celsius) does hinder us. Actually, this winter we have enjoyed quite nice weather with some snow and reasonable temperatures. In January-February we have some regional doctor’s meetings and the 2-day “Geriatricians’ Days” are traditionally during the last week of January. The Board of Finnish Geriatricians (SG) organizes these days, and the board members rotate every 3 years from one University city (with medical faculty, 5 in Finland) to another. In 2014, geriatricians from the Turku region had their third time and they had made the congress especially glamorous. Continue reading
Anthony Fiorini, Consultant Geriatrician and Senior Lecturer, Clinical Chairperson of the Department of Geriatrics, Malta tells us about his week.
I am an early riser by nature, not because of advancing age! Household chores are finalised, then a quick swim in a nearby indoor pool. By 7.30 am I am on the road, crawling to work.
The 8 km car journey takes half an hour. Malta is the EU’s most densely populated country and it feels like everybody is driving to work at this time!
Matteo Cesari, MD, PhD is Chargé de Mission at the Gérontopôle of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, researcher at the INSERM UMR1027, and Professor at the Université de Toulouse III Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Frailty & Aging. Reblogged from the British Geriatrics Society Blog
Our societies are ageing. The number of older people is steadily growing, threatening the sustainability of public services including healthcare. Age-related chronic and disabling conditions not only adversely influence older people’s quality of life, but also represent a burden for public health expenditures. It is a fact that something has to be done in order to prevent the (often irreversible) loss of physical function that occurs with advancing age. If we are to accomplish such an ambitious task, a major revision is needed in our approach to older people and, consequently, in the concept of geriatric medicine. Continue reading