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.
About 168,000 older people have stopped receiving help with essential tasks such as eating, washing and getting dressed as a result of deep and continuing cuts to social care under the UK's coalition government, a report from Age UK says. Read more here.
Minister Kathleen Lynch, Minister with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality & Mental Health, today [Wednesday, 05 March 2014] awarded certificates to the first 16 graduates of Age & Opportunity’s Creative Exchanges innovative programme.
A new animation film, by Spanish director Ignacio Ferreras, follows the story of Emilio, a retired bank manager placed in a care home and suffering from Alzheimer's. A stark yet touching account of life in a long-term care home the film is set for a limited UK and Ireland release. Read The Guardian Review.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), physical and social environments are key determinants of whether people can remain healthy, independent and autonomous long into their old age. Creating age-friendly environments is therefore one of the most effective approaches to respond to demographic change. To support this approach, the AFE-INNOVNET thematic network on innovation for age-friendly environments (AFE) kicked off today with the support of the European CIP ICT PSP Programme and will run for two years.
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.
I was delighted to attend the launch of the Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NICOLA) last week. For those who have tracked its developments since 2008, this study is a welcomed piece of infrastructure.
NICOLA is a ten year study that seeks to improve the lives of Northern Ireland's ageing population. It is led by Prof Ian Young and Prof Frank Kee from Queen's University Belfast. The longitudinal study will follow the lives of 8,500 over 50's as they grow older.