mental health

CARDI Involvement

Keeping active for better ageing

23rd April 2015, CARDI

CARDI recently launched a new report Keeping Active for Better Ageing that examines the factors that encourage more physical activity in older adults with a particular focus on potential policy and practice interventions.

The report was compiled by Conor Breen, CARDI Policy Officer.

Read the report here>>

The long-run effect of maternity leave benefits on mental health: Evidence from European countries

13th April 2015, Social Science & Medicine

This paper  from researchers at London School of Economics and Political Science examines whether maternity leave policies have an effect on women's mental health in older age. It links data for women aged 50 years and above from countries in the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) to data on maternity leave legislation from 1960 onwards. The findings suggest that a more generous maternity leave during the birth of a first child is associated with a reduced score of 0.38 points in the Euro-D depressive symptom scale in old age.

Highlights

Older people can learn to spend less time sitting down

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Medical Xpress

Forever Young(er): potential age-defying effects of long-term meditation on gray matter atrophy

11th February 2015, Frontiers in Psychology

It is the common perception that brain becomes older with age and our memory remains not so much sharp as in the early days of our life. But a new study suggests that taking the aid of meditation could be very helpful in preventing brain ageing.

UK mental health expert helps produce new dementia guidelines

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Medical Xpress

TILDA Report on the Emigration of Adult Children and the Mental Health of their Parents Published

4th November 2014, TILDA

A new report by The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), led by Trinity College Dublin, has shown that the mental health of mothers suffered as a consequence of the emigration of their children during the recession. The study showed that mothers experienced increased depressive symptoms and greater loneliness than mothers whose children did not emigrate.

World Mental Health Day focuses on older adults

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The British Psychological Society