The EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) has launched two calls for proposals aimed at encouraging research teams across Europe to investigate the cross-disease pathways in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and to identify new, innovative preventive strategies for these debilitating conditions .More information is available at
Age Partnership Belfast is a collaborative partnership between Volunteer Now, Engage with Age and North Belfast Senior Citizens Forum. It supports a significant number of volunteer led older persons groups and forums across Belfast as well as delivering a wide range of programmes encouraging older people to remain active, engaged with their communities and influencing how services are delivered for them. One of the key areas of collaboration is addressing social isolation among men aged 50+. It has established a men’s working group which includes representatives from
New funding for intergenerational projects has been announced by NI Justice Minister David Ford. The funding will enable Linking Generations Northern Ireland (LGNI), an organisation dedicated to promoting the benefits of intergenerational practices, to work with Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs) to develop innovative ideas in order for the two generations to gain a greater understanding of one another. Read more here.
UK Chancellor George Osborne has announced a £2.95 a week rise in the state pension next April. In his autumn statement he also said he planned to allow current pensioners to make voluntary national insurance contributions to boost their income in retirement. He claimed this would help those who haven’t built up much entitlement to the Additional State Pension, especially women and the self-employed.
The UK is hosting a G8 summit on dementia in London on 11 December. The summit aims to develop co-ordinated global action on dementia. People will be able to watch live coverage of the G8 dementia summit on the Dementia Challenge site. There will be live video streaming of all the main sessions and a live blog providing a written commentary. Read more here.
The Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC) today (05 December 2014) launched a new-look website www.dementia.ie. The site aims to make it easier for people with dementia, carers, family, friends and professionals alike to access information and services for dementia. The DSIDC also launched a new booklet aimed at people recently diagnosed, carers and those worried about their memory.
The European Research Council (ERC), with a budget of over €13 billion under Horizon 2020, is the largest funding programme supporting frontier research in Europe.
Science Foundation Ireland is a National Contact Point for the ERC. In partnership with the Irish Research Council, SFI is providing significantly enhanced information and advice on applications through a new, ERC-dedicated section of its website.
Finding a way to slow the biological processes of ageing will do more to extend the period of healthy life in humans than attacking individual diseases alone, according to some of the nation's top gerontologists writing in the latest issue of Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR), titled "The Longevity Dividend: Geroscience Meets Geropolitics." Read more here.
Ireland’s National Positive Ageing Strategy was published on April 24 2013. The Strategy promised “a society in which the equality, independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity of older people are pursued at all times", Patricia Conboy former head of Older & Bolder writes in a new blog. She cites the absence of an implementaion plan seven months later as a 'broken promise'. Read her blog here.
In this blog, CARDI’s Director Dr Roger O’Sullivan finds that memories are invaluable and remembering the past can become a celebration of life involving many generations:
Last week my daughter came home from school with great excitement - she wanted to interview me as part of her primary school project – the topic of her investigation was her late grandfather, my father (who died long before she was born).