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 dignity, heath and wellbeing of older people and those with disabilities in England are in danger, health and care groups warn. In a joint submission to the Treasury ahead of November's Spending Review, 20 organisations said the care sector was facing a "deepening crisis". They have called for funding to councils to be protected, as is happening with the NHS. Read more here.
Research led by Dr. Catriona Murphy (HRB ICE Research Fellow) of TILDA and published in BMJopen examines the extent to which statins are used by adults (50-64 years) at high risk of cardiovascular disease compared to European clinical guidelines.
A new report by The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) on older people’s use of public health nursing services in Ireland was launched today by Dr. Catriona Murphy of TILDA at the annual general meeting of the Institute of Community Health Nursing. The report examines the demographic and health profile of those utilising Public Health Nursing services and their satisfaction with the service. The study was commissioned by the Institute of Community Health Nursing (ICHN).
Early treatment of flu-hospitalised people 65 and older with flu antiviral medications cuts the duration of their hospital stay and reduces their risk of needing extended care after discharge, a new US study finds. The study from the Centre for Disease Control is the first to look at the benefits of early antiviral treatment on preventing the need for extended care in community-dwelling flu-hospitalised people 65 and older. Read more here.
Modern technology is making older brains younger, but their health is declining, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Normally, cognitive function declines with age, but men and women between the ages of 50 and 90 years scored higher on tests of mental ability than they did only six years earlier. Read more here.
Research shows that developing relationships between the older people and the young can be beneficial for the wellbeing of both parties. new draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), due to be finalised in November, says there is good evidence intergenerational activities improve health outcomes – and recommends all local authorities support and provide such schemes. Read more here.
One in five people over 65 who drink is consuming an "unsafe" level of alcohol according to researchers at Kings College London. Experts warned that GPs were "less attuned" to drinking problems among older people. Analysis of health records in London found that heavier drinkers tended to be male and relatively affluent. The researchers also found that the problem of unsafe drinking was far more common among the white British and Irish population, than those from Caribbean, African or Asian ethnic groups. Read more here.
Engaging older people in sport and physical activity is the focus of a new resource targeting sporting, recreation and fitness clubs to help them reach out and involve seniors.
Produced by COTA Victoria and funded by Sport and Recreation Victoria, the resource aims to connect older people as participants, volunteers and spectators in sport and leisure programs. Read more here.