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.
The health-care needs of older people with multimorbidity, and the extent to which these needs are met, are sharp exemplars of the challenges faced by health-care systems across the world in the 21st century. The increase in longevity in developed and developing countries alike is a testament to the success of 20th-century medicine and economic and social development. Research, policy, and action have transformed our ability to prevent infant mortality, to prevent and treat infectious diseases, and to prevent and treat the great killers in midlife such as heart disease and cancer.
Although many strides have been made in recognising that older people are the key adult client group of our health services, many redoubts of tenacious ageism persist in the system writes Professor Des O'NeillIrish Times:
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the UN body of independent experts that monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) issued its concluding observations for Belgium in the beginning of October. Read more here.
Nursing Homes Ireland is warning there's a critical shortfall in long term residential beds - and the Government needs to act. It says over 4,000 new nursing home beds are required by 2016. There are currently more than 27,000 elderly people in nursing homes.