The European Commission has today (11 December 2013) presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020. Worth more than €15 billion over the first two years, the funding is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives. Read more here.
Leading nations have committed to developing a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025 at the G8 dementia summit. Health ministers meeting in London said G8 countries would increase funding for research to meet that goal. Earlier the UK said it aimed to double its annual research funding to £132m by 2025. Read more here.
One third of patients discharged from hospital in the Republic of Ireland last year were over the age of 65, according to an ESRI study into the demographics of Irish hospitals. More than 1.54 million people were discharged from Ireland’s 57 acute public hospitals last year, an increase of 4.8 per cent on the previous year. Read more here.
The Medical Research Council (MRC) today announced a multi-million pound programme to accelerate progress in dementias research. Launching in April 2014, the MRC UK Dementias Research Platform (UKDP) is a public-private partnership that will unite a wealth of partners and knowledge in a fresh drive to understand neurodegenerative disease onset and progression.
The EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) has launched two calls for proposals aimed at encouraging research teams across Europe to investigate the cross-disease pathways in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and to identify new, innovative preventive strategies for these debilitating conditions .More information is available at
Age Partnership Belfast is a collaborative partnership between Volunteer Now, Engage with Age and North Belfast Senior Citizens Forum. It supports a significant number of volunteer led older persons groups and forums across Belfast as well as delivering a wide range of programmes encouraging older people to remain active, engaged with their communities and influencing how services are delivered for them. One of the key areas of collaboration is addressing social isolation among men aged 50+. It has established a men’s working group which includes representatives from
New funding for intergenerational projects has been announced by NI Justice Minister David Ford. The funding will enable Linking Generations Northern Ireland (LGNI), an organisation dedicated to promoting the benefits of intergenerational practices, to work with Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs) to develop innovative ideas in order for the two generations to gain a greater understanding of one another. Read more here.
UK Chancellor George Osborne has announced a £2.95 a week rise in the state pension next April. In his autumn statement he also said he planned to allow current pensioners to make voluntary national insurance contributions to boost their income in retirement. He claimed this would help those who haven’t built up much entitlement to the Additional State Pension, especially women and the self-employed.
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).