CARDI has created an online network to promote knowledge translation in ageing research. It aims to promote good practice on how research can improve the lives of older people. The Translating Ageing Research Network (TARN) on LinkedIn will promote the dissemination of ageing research to impact on policy and practice.
The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s University Belfast, in conjunction with the Ireland-Northern Ireland-National Cancer Institute Consortium, will host the All-Ireland Cancer Consortium (AICC) Conference 2015 at the Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast, between 10th and 13th May 2015
CARDI will host a workshop at Evolve Biomed 2015, a science & technology forum, which will take place on 29-30 April in Dublin. This workshop on Thursday 29 April aimed at PhD, postdoctoral students and early career researchers will focus on the theme of supporting the development (both academically and professionally) of next generation leaders in research. It will include brief presentations followed by facilitated discussion.
Evolve Biomed 2015 will take place on 29-30 April 2015 at the RDS Dublin. It is a science and technology forum for early-career biomedical researchers to explore the latest advances in biomedical innovation and gain insights into how their expertise can be applied to develop breakthroughs that impact healthcare. A full programme is now available and early bird registration ends Thursday 29 January. Visit: www.evolvebiomed2015.com
The Dementia Elevator team at Dublin City University will soon be offering retail training to promote dementia awareness and give customer facing retail staff skills to engage effectively customers who may have dementia. The training will be solution focused with opportunities for interaction and reflection. It is suitable for all types of retail outlets and pharmacies. More information here.
HelpAge is starting a three-year programme to strengthen the capacity of humanitarian agencies to deliver age and disability inclusive emergency response, as part of the innovative portfolio of projects supported by the UK's DFID Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) and with separate funding from the OFDA.
Britain faces a “major public health challenge” caused by the impact of long-term loneliness on older people, two charities have warned. Linked to dementia, depression and high blood pressure, chronic loneliness threatens the health of one in 10 older people.
With numbers set to surge 50 per cent to 1.5million by 2028, Age UK and the Campaign to End Loneliness say health professionals and local councils must take urgent action. Read more here.
An EU-funded study encompassing Italy and South West England has just demonstrated the significant health benefits of social media for older people. At the report launch in Italy, Tony Watts OBE gave one of the keynote presentations – on how the way to reach the most digitally excluded older people was to break down the artificial barriers between inclusion and health. Read more here.
People living in northern countries could be more likely to develop dementia, according to researchers at Edinburgh University. The study suggested that environmental factors, such as lack of sunlight, could increase the risk of developing the illness. Scientists mapped the disease in Scotland among 37,000 people born in 1921. A second study involved more than 26,000 Swedish twins. Researchers found that the further north people lived, the more likely they were to suffer from dementia. Read more here.
Budget 2015 in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) brought good news to the over 65s with a return of the Christmas bonus and a €100 payment toward water charges for those in receipt of the household allowance or winter fuel allowance.
Announced on 14 October 2014 by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, the budget was heralded as the “end of austerity” budget, with no cuts to social welfare for the first time since 2009.
The key points relevant to older people are outlined below by Conor Breen, CARDI's policy officer in this CARDI blog: