CARDI launched the report Keeping Active for Better Ageing at The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress 2015 in Dublin today (Friday 24 April 2015). The research paper examines the factors that encourage more physical activity in older adults with a particular focus on potential policy and practice interventions.
Older people falling short of recommended levels of activity
After plenty of isolated successes, the question isn't what good nursing homes look like, but how to transform existing facilities into places that look like them. This article from The Atlantic examines how to make care environments better and some new models of care that aim to move away from the traditional model of institutionalised and medicalised care for older people.
Siel Bleu Ireland, a charity that aims to improve the lives of older adults through interactive, tailored exercise programmes in 15 counties across Ireland, recently released findings from its HAPPIER Study in 2013. Established in France, Siel Bleu has over 18 years of experience helping to develop a solution to promote proactive ageing for our population.
Ireland has the fastest rising need for palliative care in Europe due to its rapidly ageing population, a new study suggests.
Significant increases in funding will be needed to cater for the increase in deaths from cancer, dementia and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, according to the study published by British and Irish researchers in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Read more here.
The All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) is conducting a survey on end of life care in Ireland, North and South. The Let's Talk About care survey is gathering stories about good and bad experiences of care from people living with a serious or progressive condition and their carers or former carers in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Read more about and complete the survey here.
Toothaches and mouth problems in elderly people are to be tackled in a health initiative launched this month. The Improving the Oral Health of Older Persons Initiative (IOHOPI), led by Health Education Kent, Surrey & Sussex, has been informed by research by Dr Paul Newton's research into the experiences of older patients and their carers. Dr Newton, Research Fellow at the University of Greenwich's Centre for Positive Ageing, is an expert in patient empowerment and the management of chronic conditions.
A study using mice has uncovered a possible cause of Alzheimer’s disease, and suggests that a drug currently being investigated in human clinical trials to treat cancer could prevent the illness. The research has been heralded as offering hope of finding new treatments for dementia.
Older adults spend 8.5 waking hours a day sitting or lying down—time linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and death—even if they're physically active at other times. A new study from the Group Health Research Institute showed it was feasible to coach older people to spend less time sitting: an average of a half hour less per day. They reported feeling more able to accomplish everyday tasks—and they walked faster and had fewer depression symptoms.
On Friday, 13 February 2015, Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch announced that the Fair Deal scheme in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) would require an additional €30 million each year to avoid waiting lists of longer than 8 weeks.The announcement was made at a time when overcrowding in A&Es in ROI and throughout the UK had reached exceptionally high levels. Much of the overcrowding was caused by older people who needed nursing home care not being able to access it in order to be discharged from hospital.