The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) today (Thursday 25th June 2015) announced four new CARDI Fellows from its third leadership funding call.
The call is a joint venture with the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) and two of the research fellows are being funded under its Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research. The leadership programme is aimed at supporting and building capacity in ageing research across the island of Ireland and promoting the development of future leaders.
CARDI is delighted to announce the online publication of a guide for the community and voluntary sector about getting involved in ageing research. The guide produced by Dr Brendan Murtagh, Queen's University Belfast and commissioned by CARDI builds on previous research on user involvement in ageing research (2014). The publication provides useful information on key issues relating to participating or carrying out research projects for age sector organisations.
Do you want to play a role in improving the lives of people with dementia? Why not apply for the Dementia Elevator (Dublin City University) Dementia Champions programme? Applications now open for the October 2015 intake. Closing date is Friday 14 August 2015. More information here http://dcn.dementiaelevator.ie/dementia-champions/.
The Dementia Elevator team recently announced its training programme updates.
Online Dementia Training for GPs: The dementia training programme for GP's is now available for ICGP members on the ICGP website www.icgp.ie. Content includes Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment, Ethics, Legal Issues, Communication and Carer Support.
The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) is pleased to announce its brand new website design at www.ifa-fiv.org. The new look site continues to be a repository of information surrounding the IFA and its associated networks with up to date news, resources, projects and initiatives.
Today’s older people are pretty good at paying attention to their general physical health and fitness. But it’s worth knowing that paying attention to social relationships and networks also pays off in maintaining a healthy life, writes Padraig O' Morain Irish Times. For example, people with good social relationships live longer than those who are isolated.
Doctors and scientists want drug regulators and research funding agencies to consider medicines that delay ageing-related disease as legitimate drugs. Such treatments have a physiological basis, researchers say, and could extend a person’s healthy years by slowing down the processes that underlie common diseases of ageing — making them worthy of government approval.
Britain’s public transport system is failing older people, according to a new study. A third of British pensioners never use public transport despite being eligible for a free bus pass, and half use it less than once a month. The most common complaint from those aged 65 and over was that public transport is “not convenient and does not go where you want”, the report (pdf) by the International Longevity Centre thinktank and charity Age UK found.
The ROI Government is forcing older people into nursing homes by failing to provide support to allow them to continue living at home, according to a charity that provides services for older people. The Alone organisation said a third of those in nursing home care with low to medium dependency needs could live at home if they were supported to do so. Official policy supports the concept of ageing at home but sufficient funds are not being invested, it claimed.
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.