Ireland’s growing ageing population means that the number of people living with dementia will treble in a generation.
There are currently almost 48,000 people living with dementia, over half of whom have Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. That number is expected to rise to 153,157 by 2046, according to a 2013 study, The Prevalence of Dementia in Ireland, by Suzanne Cahill and Maria Pierce. Read more here.
It is reported that there are approximately 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK, 15,000 of whom come from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities. The latter statistic is concerning because many of the people from BME groups living with dementia will receive no support or will be diagnosed too late for symptomatic treatments to help.
Representatives from Age NI and Age Sector Platform will today meet with Northern Ireland Junior Ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann to stress the importance of legislation to outlaw age discrimination in areas like healthcare, financial services and retail. Read more here.
Tom Hess, a University of North Carolina professor and author of a new study in Perspectives on Psychological Science, is trying to understand a strange finding: Even though older adults show declines when they are given tests of cognitive function, they often continue working (and living) at a high level that doesn’t appear to reflect much of a decline. What, then, aren’t the tests capturing, and why? Read more here.
By 2050, the number of people over the age of 80 will triple globally. These demographics could come at great cost to individuals and economies. In this editorial from Nature.com two groups describe how research in animals and humans should be refocused to find ways to delay the onset of frailty. Read more here.
Older people who are delaying their retirement because they fear running out of money are pushing down wages, the Bank of England has suggested. The Bank said that while the number of people in employment rose by almost 350,000 between March and April, average weekly earnings fell. Officials said that wages may be falling because more people are working, including growing numbers of elderly people "concerned about the adequacy of retirement provisions".
Science Foundation Ireland invites expressions of interest for its targeted research professorship programme. This enables participating research bodies in Ireland to recruit world-leading researchers for professorial chairs or similar leaderships positions in targeted scientific areas. The closing date is 7 November 2014. More information here.
Loneliness is a complex issue but one that has a big impact on the lives of those who experience it, especially older people. A recent research study from the University of Chicago found that the loneliest people were nearly twice as likely to die during their six-year study than the least lonely older people. In this blog CARDI invited Anne Dempsey, Head of Information at Third Age to write about this issue, how it impacts older people and some of the initiatives being taken by her organisation to combat loneliness: