For the next three days at the United Nations (UN) in New York, human rights and older people are being discussed. This is the fifth session of the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA) set up in 2010 to strengthen the protection of the rights of older people, and one of the outcomes of its deliberations could be a new international Convention on the Rights of Older People.
Ireland’s growing ageing population means that the number of people living with dementia will treble in a generation.
There are currently almost 48,000 people living with dementia, over half of whom have Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. That number is expected to rise to 153,157 by 2046, according to a 2013 study, The Prevalence of Dementia in Ireland, by Suzanne Cahill and Maria Pierce. Read more here.
It is reported that there are approximately 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK, 15,000 of whom come from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities. The latter statistic is concerning because many of the people from BME groups living with dementia will receive no support or will be diagnosed too late for symptomatic treatments to help.
Representatives from Age NI and Age Sector Platform will today meet with Northern Ireland Junior Ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann to stress the importance of legislation to outlaw age discrimination in areas like healthcare, financial services and retail. Read more here.
Tom Hess, a University of North Carolina professor and author of a new study in Perspectives on Psychological Science, is trying to understand a strange finding: Even though older adults show declines when they are given tests of cognitive function, they often continue working (and living) at a high level that doesn’t appear to reflect much of a decline. What, then, aren’t the tests capturing, and why? Read more here.
By 2050, the number of people over the age of 80 will triple globally. These demographics could come at great cost to individuals and economies. In this editorial from Nature.com two groups describe how research in animals and humans should be refocused to find ways to delay the onset of frailty. Read more here.
Loneliness is a complex issue but one that has a big impact on the lives of those who experience it, especially older people. A recent research study from the University of Chicago found that the loneliest people were nearly twice as likely to die during their six-year study than the least lonely older people. In this blog CARDI invited Anne Dempsey, Head of Information at Third Age to write about this issue, how it impacts older people and some of the initiatives being taken by her organisation to combat loneliness: