On 19 September, UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte called on Member States to do more to protect older people with dementia from stigma, discrimination, victimisation and neglect. Read more here.
The Irish Hospice Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for its 2015 development grant programme are now being accepted. The closing date is Friday 14 November 2014. For guidance, application form and more information visit the Irish Hospice Foundation website here.
The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) is currently partnering with the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland (ASI) to examine the potential role of prevention in reducing the burden of dementia in Irish society. IPH and ASI will host a stakeholder seminar in late October to examine the evidence and scope potential avenues for advancing a population health approach to dementia prevention in Ireland. Contact Olga Cleary for more information.
The Dementia Elevator team at Dublin City University have released a new dementia awareness video. This video emphasises that with the right supports, a person with dementia can continue to live well following a diagnosis.
The Fulbright Irish Citizen Awards provide grants for Irish citizens and EU citizens who have been resident in the Republic of Ireland for three or more years to research, study, or lecture in the United States on annual basis. Applications close on Wednesday 12th November 2014. Read more here.
The Global AgeWatch Index 2014, published today, which measures well-being for older people in 96 countries, said while Ireland ranks high overall it drops to 34th place for offering employment opportunities.
"The percentage of people aged 60-64 who are unemployed has remained steady at around 10pc in the last year. Between 2007 and 2011 the unemployment rate among 55 to 64-year-olds rose by 7pc and much of the Government focus "is on younger workers."
Applications for grants from the Averil Osborn Award Fund are now invited. The aim of the Fund is to encourage and support development work which will improve the quality-of-life and citizenship of older people.The Fund wishes to support original studies that involve older people at all stages of the research (design, execution, interpretation, dissemination). Awards in the range £500-£3,000 may be made.
AFE-INNOVNET is setting up a Europe-wide community of local and regional authorities, companies, civil society organisations, universities and other actors committed to finding innovative solutions that positively address demographic change. Its Thematic Network gives free access to:
- Webinars on age-friendly related issues;
- A repository of innovative and evidence-based solutions;
- A toolkit to assess the socio-economic impact of age-friendly environments (ready in 2015);
HSC R&D Division wishes to advise that the consultation on the HSC R&D Strategy was launched Monday 29 September 2014. The consultation will be open until 5pm on Friday 2nd January 2015.
Research and development in health & social care is always important. However, it is particularly vital at this time of extreme financial pressures that the best possible, evidence-based and cost effective diagnoses, treatments and services are developed for service users and the public in Northern Ireland and beyond.
There are over 60,000 people on the island of Ireland with dementia. Behind every statistic and diagnosis is an individual and a family, coming to terms with what dementia means to them and their loved ones. On Wednesday 17 September 2014 The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland launched a new awareness and information campaign #LivingWithDementia. Dr Roger O’Sullivan, CARDI’s director, attended the launch and writes: