A new project aims to find out what are the top questions that need answering about dementia and hearing conditions, in the first Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) to look at two health areas together. Sarah Chapman looks at what this is about, and hears from some of those involved in the PSP about what it hopes to achieve and why it’s important.
Preventing falls in older people: new evidence on what helps
Sarah Chapman from Cochrane UK shares new evidence on what can be done to reduce falls in older people at home by making safety adaptations to the environment and, importantly, who is likely to benefit most from these.
Recognising and managing frailty in older adults
In a blog for healthcare professionals Dr James Garrard, Registrar in Geriatric Medicine, looks at the importance of recognising frailty in older adults and the latest evidence on Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment.
After hip fracture: how best to help people get back on their feet
Hip fracture is a common injury, but do we have reliable evidence to guide care and rehabilitation?
Dementia: evidence, experience and resources
On this page you can find our blogs about different aspects of preventing and living with dementia. Many of them include research evidence and also reflections from people affected by dementia themselves or in supportive roles as carers, family members or health professionals. There are also links to helpful resources.
Talking about dying: better conversations at the end of life
Sarah Chapman reflects on the text conversations she had with her Mum’s carer when her Mum was dying during lockdown. She also talks about recent evidence on effective communication between health professionals, those who are dying and their families and about our need for knowledge of ordinary dying.
Hip protectors: can they help break your fall and not your hip?
Can hip protectors prevent fractures in older people? We look at the evidence.
Cataract surgery: both eyes on the same day or on different days?
People who need cataract surgery on both eyes may wonder whether it is better to have them done on the same day or on different days. Sarah Chapman looks at the Cochrane evidence on how the two approaches compare and discusses what else might be important to consider.
Cataract surgery: a quick look
A short blog for people who have cataracts in both eyes and are thinking about surgery.
Drugs for agitation in people with dementia: benefits and risks
In this blog for the families of people with dementia, Doctors Charlotte Squires and James Garrard talk about drugs used to treat symptoms of agitation and psychosis in people with diagnosed dementia, and what doctors and families together might want to consider when making decisions about trying these treatments.
Preventing dementia: what’s the evidence?
In a blog for non-medical people, James Garrard, Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine, looks at the evidence of drug and non-drug approaches to try and prevent dementia.
Dementia diagnosis by phone and video: pitfalls and possibilities
Dr Lucy Beishon blogs about evidence on assessing people for dementia by phone and video call, reflects on her experiences during the pandemic, and looks to the future.