As of the 24 September 2015 The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) became the Ageing Research and Development Division within the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH).
This website will remain online but will no longer be updated. To keep up to date with our work please visit the Division of Ageing Research and Development section of the IPH website.
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.
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.
A common theory about dementia is that staying mentally active could help keep the disease at bay. A new study out of the Mayo Clinic, published in JAMA Neurology, lends some more credence to this theory. The longitudinal study looked at nearly 2,000 Minnesotans aged 70 to 89 and followed up with them every 15 months for an average of six years.
The number of taste buds on the tongue declines as people age and this may be important because the fewer the taste buds, the higher the fasting plasma glucose (FPG) level, new research from the National Institute of Aging (NIA), Baltimore, Maryland shows. The research suggests that, this, in turn, could at least partly explain the increased incidence of type 2 diabetes among older adults. Read more here.
The outcomes of a qualitative study carried out in the framework of the EU-funded Home Sweet Home project have been summed up in a new publication “ICT for Ageing Well- Listen to what older persons think!”. Read more on this publication here.
A new study from Imperial College London has indicated that women who undergo substantial changes in BMI from childhood to adulthood show signs of accelerated ageing in their DNA. The research suggests that if women put on more weight than expected they could suffer premature ageing and be at greater risk of age-related diseases. Read more here.