Making art galleries dementia-friendly spaces is the aim of the Azure programme which is being rolled out nationwide, inspired by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The idea is that people with Alzheimer’s or dementia will engage with art, aided by facilitators. Read more here.
The feared dementia epidemic is not happening in some European countries where the percentage of people with dementia and the number of new cases have levelled off according to research led by the University of Cambridge. However, the situation in Ireland is not known as we do not have a formal registry for cases, the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland has said.
Research shows that developing relationships between the older people and the young can be beneficial for the wellbeing of both parties. new draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), due to be finalised in November, says there is good evidence intergenerational activities improve health outcomes – and recommends all local authorities support and provide such schemes. Read more here.
One in five people over 65 who drink is consuming an "unsafe" level of alcohol according to researchers at Kings College London. Experts warned that GPs were "less attuned" to drinking problems among older people. Analysis of health records in London found that heavier drinkers tended to be male and relatively affluent. The researchers also found that the problem of unsafe drinking was far more common among the white British and Irish population, than those from Caribbean, African or Asian ethnic groups. Read more here.
New research funded by Audley and care group Bupa on the wellbeing of residents of retirement communities run by Audley and Anchor Trust suggests that residents experience only half the levels of loneliness reported by older people living independently elsewhere. The research by ageing population think tank ILC-UK claims they have a higher quality of life and feel more in control of things.
The blood of young people may hold compounds that benefit the brains of older people with Alzheimer's disease, so scientists are now looking at whether transfusions may help people with the condition.
Research in animals has shown that the blood of the young may counter some of the effects of aging in older brains. For instance, it might help to improve learning and memory, as well as generate new brain cells. Now, the scientists want to see if the benefits hold true in people. Read more here.
Registration is now open for Dublin City University's inaugural International Age-Friendly Conference "Engaging Ageing - universities as engines of healthy and active ageing" which will take place November 2nd and 3rd at The Helix, DCU.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing. Other speakers include Ann Sophie Parent CEO, AGE Platform and Hugh O'Connor CEO, Age Friendly Ireland.
We wish to inform you of an important development within the Centre for Ageing Research and Development (CARDI) which will help sustain its underlying purpose of helping to improve the lives of older people in Ireland, North and South, especially those most disadvantaged.
The Department of Health in Ireland today launched a review of the Nursing Homes Support (“Fair Deal”) Scheme (NHSS). The main findings of the review were discussed at a briefing of older people’s organisations held as part of the launch. In blog post, CARDI’s Policy Officer Conor Breen examines the review findings in the context of demographic change: