Toothaches and mouth problems in elderly people are to be tackled in a health initiative launched this month. The Improving the Oral Health of Older Persons Initiative (IOHOPI), led by Health Education Kent, Surrey & Sussex, has been informed by research by Dr Paul Newton's research into the experiences of older patients and their carers. Dr Newton, Research Fellow at the University of Greenwich's Centre for Positive Ageing, is an expert in patient empowerment and the management of chronic conditions.
A study using mice has uncovered a possible cause of Alzheimer’s disease, and suggests that a drug currently being investigated in human clinical trials to treat cancer could prevent the illness. The research has been heralded as offering hope of finding new treatments for dementia.
Older adults spend 8.5 waking hours a day sitting or lying down—time linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and death—even if they're physically active at other times. A new study from the Group Health Research Institute showed it was feasible to coach older people to spend less time sitting: an average of a half hour less per day. They reported feeling more able to accomplish everyday tasks—and they walked faster and had fewer depression symptoms.
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in collaboration with the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland, Teagasc, the Geological Survey of Ireland, the Marine Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Irish Research Council, is pleased to launch the SFI Investigators Programme 2015.
People over 60 are at higher risk of being diagnosed with lung or bowel cancer as an emergency in hospital than younger people, according to a Cancer Research UK-supported report, published by BMJ Open. The researchers also found that women and less affluent people are at higher risk of an emergency lung cancer diagnosis. While being unmarried, divorced or widowed was associated with having bowel cancer diagnosed as an emergency.
Groups representing older people say they will oppose any attempt to increase the financial contribution by users of the ROI's Fair Deal nursing home scheme. Age Action said the scheme was already fundamentally unfair, as no other section of society had to pay from their income, assets and home value towards their care.
Recent US research underlines links between income inequality and health. A study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute examined a series of risk factors that help explain the health (or sickness) of counties in the United States.
Dementia deaths are on the rise in Australia and the disease is now the nation's second biggest killer, after heart disease, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) says. The number of older Australians is projected to almost triple by 2050. By then, there is likely to be just under one million people in the nation suffering from some form of dementia. Read more here.
On Friday, 13 February 2015, Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch announced that the Fair Deal scheme in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) would require an additional €30 million each year to avoid waiting lists of longer than 8 weeks.The announcement was made at a time when overcrowding in A&Es in ROI and throughout the UK had reached exceptionally high levels. Much of the overcrowding was caused by older people who needed nursing home care not being able to access it in order to be discharged from hospital.