Older adults

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.

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.

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.

Commonly-prescribed drugs and dementia: should we be worried?

In this blog for people interested in memory, thinking problems and dementia, Jodi Watt (a Researcher at the University of Glasgow) looks at the latest Cochrane evidence on whether a class of commonly-used medications (anticholinergics) might increase people’s risk of future memory problems, or even dementia.