The Global AgeWatch Index 2014, published today, which measures well-being for older people in 96 countries, said while Ireland ranks high overall it drops to 34th place for offering employment opportunities.
"The percentage of people aged 60-64 who are unemployed has remained steady at around 10pc in the last year. Between 2007 and 2011 the unemployment rate among 55 to 64-year-olds rose by 7pc and much of the Government focus "is on younger workers."
Applications for grants from the Averil Osborn Award Fund are now invited. The aim of the Fund is to encourage and support development work which will improve the quality-of-life and citizenship of older people.The Fund wishes to support original studies that involve older people at all stages of the research (design, execution, interpretation, dissemination). Awards in the range £500-£3,000 may be made.
AFE-INNOVNET is setting up a Europe-wide community of local and regional authorities, companies, civil society organisations, universities and other actors committed to finding innovative solutions that positively address demographic change. Its Thematic Network gives free access to:
- Webinars on age-friendly related issues;
- A repository of innovative and evidence-based solutions;
- A toolkit to assess the socio-economic impact of age-friendly environments (ready in 2015);
HSC R&D Division wishes to advise that the consultation on the HSC R&D Strategy was launched Monday 29 September 2014. The consultation will be open until 5pm on Friday 2nd January 2015.
Research and development in health & social care is always important. However, it is particularly vital at this time of extreme financial pressures that the best possible, evidence-based and cost effective diagnoses, treatments and services are developed for service users and the public in Northern Ireland and beyond.
The Palliative and end of life care Priority Setting Project is bringing together organisations interested in palliative and end of life care to consult people likely to be in the last years of life, current and bereaved carers and families, and healthcare professionals about what questions they believe need answering through research.
Pharmaceutical company Pfizer started the "Get Old" initiative in 2012 to challenge misconceptions of ageing and drive new conversations that inspire people of all ages to take action on their own health. Read more about the initiative here.
The International Federation on Ageing and Bayer HealthCare Animal Health hosted a web conference on Thursday, September 25, 2014 with leading experts to announce the release of a new report Companion Animals and the Health of Older Persons.
Memory slips are regarded by most as a sign of the onset of old age. However, new research from the University of Kentucky in Lexington has found that those who report memory issues may have an increased chance of developing dementia later on, even if they do not have any outward clinical signs of the disease. Read more here.
Pictured: l-r Dr Roger O'Sullivan, CARDI; Dr Cate Hartigan, HSE; Prof Ken Fox, University of Bristol & Dr Mark Tully, QUB
Any level of activity is better for your health than none, according to health experts at a seminar in Dublin today (Thursday, 25 September 2014).
Keeping active for better ageing, a seminar hosted by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI), discussed the benefits for older people and the reasons why older people as a group don’t have higher levels of physical activity.
There are over 60,000 people on the island of Ireland with dementia. Behind every statistic and diagnosis is an individual and a family, coming to terms with what dementia means to them and their loved ones. On Wednesday 17 September 2014 The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland launched a new awareness and information campaign #LivingWithDementia. Dr Roger O’Sullivan, CARDI’s director, attended the launch and writes: