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.
More than half of older adults in the United States - an estimated 18.7 million people - have experienced bothersome pain in the previous month, impairing their physical function and underscoring the need for public health action on pain. Many of those interviewed by investigators for a study published in the current issue of PAIN- reported pain in multiple areas. Read more here.
People may feel ashamed or afraid to talk about abuse, including the verbal kind, so the researchers from Northeastern University asked their older subjects to respond to questions by touching a computer screen. It gave them more privacy. 38 percent of the older people surveyed, whose average age was about 75, reported at least one incident of verbal mistreatment from their primary caregivers in the past year. Read more here.
Cancer rates go up with age, but more experts are suggesting that older people might be better off without regular screening for the disease. That position is supported by the latest data suggesting that while early detection of cancer benefits younger people by giving them a chance to treat tumors and improve their prognosis, the same isn’t true for the elderly. Read more: Why You Might Skip Cancer Screening if You're Older
It is estimated that around 30% of all hospital patients have dementia. Modern acute hospitals are very busy, noisy places with a very fast through-put of patients and are rarely designed to take account of the cognitive and perceptual problems of people with dementia. Dementia-friendly design features can help people with dementia to feel more in control and more secure.
The Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University has announced the re-launch of its online, undergraduate course ‘Improving dementia care.’ This 15 week distance learning course is for health and social care practitioners looking to improve their knowledge and practice in the field of dementia care.
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).