CARDI Involvement

Focus On...Social inclusion and ageing with an intellectual disability

23rd March 2015, CARDI

More adults with an intellectual disability (ID) in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and Northern Ireland (NI) are living to older ages. Social inclusion is vital for the health, wellbeing and quality of life of this group of adults as they age, and they often age without the family and social supports that other adults have.

Prevalence and Correlates of Physical Inactivity in Community-Dwelling Older Adults in Ireland

16th February 2015, PLOS One

Physical inactivity is the 4th leading cause of death worldwide. Inactivity—that is, an activity level insufficient to meet present recommendations—increases the risk of many adverse health conditions, including diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and breast and colon cancers, and shortens life expectancy.

Much more medicine for the oldest old: trends in UK electronic clinical records

10th February 2015, Age and Ageing

The oldest old (85+) pose complex medical challenges. Both underdiagnosis and overdiagnosis are claimed in this group. This study by a team at Exeter University led by David Melzer aimed to examine hospital admissions, prescribing rates and diagnosis trends relating to people over 85 from 2003/4 to 2011/12 to monitor trends in medicalisation. Read the full article here.

Frailty and disability

Expert guidance calls for new approach to designing frailty services

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British Geriatrics Society

Research for Dementia and Home Design in Ireland from a Universal Design Approach

5th February 2015, National Disability Authority’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design

New research published by the National Disability Authority’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) recommends that by following the principles of universal design - combined with a collaborative approach to design - it is possible for people living with dementia, their families and carers, to live longer and happier lives in their own homes. Full report available at:- 

Innovative ageing researcher gives us new view of older people

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Health Canal

Self-Reported Health In Ireland:

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Public Policy

An international survey of nursing home research priorities

3rd February 2015, Journal of Post Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine

This article reports the findings of a policy survey designed to establish research priorities to inform future research strategy and advance nursing home practice. The survey was administered in 2 rounds during 2013, and involved a combination of open questions and ranking exercises to move toward consensus on the research priorities. A key finding was the prioritisation of research to underpin the care of people with cognitive impairment/dementia and of the management of the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia within the nursing home.