Age Action welcomes the announcement of increased funding for a number of key programmes for older people in the HSE Service Plan for 2015, but remains concerned that additional resources are needed to address the growing health and social care needs of Ireland’s ageing population. Read more here.
Older people in Northern Ireland are three times more likely to be frail than those in the Republic of Ireland, a study by researchers at Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast has found. The study also found that women and those from lower socio-economic groups in both countries are more likely to be frail.
The brain has a weak spot for Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, according to UK scientists who have pinpointed the region using scans. The brain area involved develops late in adolescence and degenerates early during ageing. At the moment, it is difficult for doctors to predict which people might develop either condition.
The findings, in the journal PNAS, hint at a potential way to diagnose those at risk earlier, experts say.
A team from Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and The University of Manchester has developed new computer games in collaboration with MIRA Rehab Limited and tested by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Falls Prevention Team and its patients, designed to significantly reduce the likelihood of falls at home and in the community among older people. Read more here.
Many studies have told us exercise is good for the brain. But does it depend on the type of exercise? New research suggests not - at least for older people. A study of older people found the brain benefits from many types of physical activities - and you don't have to go to the gym to do them. The team, from the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, an institution affiliated with the University of Montreal in Canada, reports the findings in the journal AGE. Read more here.
The UK’s critical housing shortage is felt most acutely by the under 40s. But decision makers – and the majority of voters – are older. The average age of local councillors, for example, exceeds 60. So perceptions of the housing crisis vary greatly according to age.
Older people in Northern Ireland are three times more likely to be frail than those in the Republic of Ireland, a study by researchers at Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast has found.
Budget 2015 in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) brought good news to the over 65s with a return of the Christmas bonus and a €100 payment toward water charges for those in receipt of the household allowance or winter fuel allowance.
Announced on 14 October 2014 by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, the budget was heralded as the “end of austerity” budget, with no cuts to social welfare for the first time since 2009.
The key points relevant to older people are outlined below by Conor Breen, CARDI's policy officer in this CARDI blog: