Researchers at Georgetown University have developed a blood test that can be used to predict whether a person will go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease within three years. It could provide an early warning about a person’s risks and the possibility of early intervention. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has welcomed the research, saying the test would help with early treatment but warned there may be ethical issues involved with the test. Read more here.
A diet high in protein, particularly animal protein, may help elderly individuals function at higher levels physically, psychologically, and socially, according to a study by researchers at the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Japan. Men in the highest quartile of animal protein intake had a 39 percent decreased odds of experiencing higher-level functional decline than those in the lowest quartile. These associations were not seen in women.
The Age and Employment Network (TAEN) is collaborating with the US-based AARP to promote their award for organisations outside the United States who implement the best practices and policies for attracting and retaining mature workers. Click here for information on the 2014 award.
The CSO is projecting the population of the Republic of Ireland aged 85 and over will more than double in 15 years. While debate surrounding our ageing population has focused on funding pensions, little of the discussion has focused on the over-85 category who, by virtue of the levels of frailty and complexity of care needs, may require residential care. Read more here.
Older people are being denied proper access to cancer care, an academic has claimed.
A high proportion of older women with a certain form of breast cancer receive less chemotherapy than their younger counterparts, Professor Mark Lawler from Queen's University Belfast said. Read more here.
A first-ever survey of patient and carer experiences of palliative care has been launched. The Let’s Talk About survey is being led by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) with support from the HSE.
The survey asks people with illnesses which may not be cured, in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, to share their experiences both good and bad. This includes people living with conditions such as advanced respiratory disease, cancer, chronic kidney disease, heart failure or dementia.
J. Craig Venter is the latest wealthy entrepreneur to think he can cheat ageing and death. And he hopes to do so by resorting to his first love: sequencing genomes. On Tuesday, 4 March 2014, Dr. Venter announced that he was starting a new company, Human Longevity, which will focus on figuring out how people can live longer and healthier lives.
Fear of crime is a major issue for older people, Bill Carson, Age Sector Platform writes in a piece for the Belfast Telegraph. He notes, however, that older people are still unlikely to be targets of crime. Read more here.
CARDI has launched a new call for future leaders in ageing research. It will fund up to three research fellows covering their salary for three years and £50,000 each for research expenses. The deadline is 9 April.