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.
This edition of the CARDI “Focus on . . .” series looks at community projects for older people across the island of Ireland. The CARDI research shows innovations can harness the contributions of older people as a social resource.
The Northern Ireland Active Ageing Strategy has been launched (21 February) for public consultation (21 February 2014- 23 May 2014).
To ensure that our society embraces an ageing population, plans need to be put in place now. We need to have a positive society for people of all ages regardless of their circumstances where everyone’s rights are respected and people can live free from discrimination. This strategy is not just about what the Executive plans to do for older people today – it challenges all of us to think about the kind of life we want to be leading in the future.
The UK’s changing demographic will create a number of challenges for employers, but perhaps the most pressing will be the need for organisations to help employees understand the realities of living longer. Read more here.
Mortality rates for elderly people are rising across the country. Initially, the authorities blamed merely cold weather, writes Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford.
Life expectancy in the UK remains below that of most other western European countries and for our poorer older groups it would now appear to be falling.
Transport and mobility are essential aspects of everyday life. Older people who do not drive need access to health services, shopping, social activities, community centres and other facilities - public transport must be sufficient to support this access. For older people, accessible transport services can help combat social exclusion and support independent living.
CARDI has conducted research into public and community transport in Ireland, North and South, to examine how transport services could better meet the needs of older people in the future.
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) is putting forward plans to increase care home fees by as much as 15.2% after hiring KPMG to carry out a consultation on the true cost of care.
The council’s report ‘Older people’s residential and nursing care home cost review, “The fees project”’ has outlined plans for “significant increases in maximum fee rates [of] between 12.5% and 15.2%” from 2014-15 onwards.
The council will meet to discuss whether to go ahead with this proposal on 12 February.
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) has published a wide-ranging economic review of the case for Scottish independence.
In a paper entitled Can an ageing Scotland afford independence?, authors Katerina Lisenkova (NIESR) and Marcel Mérette (University of Ottawa) look at the economic effects of population ageing in the context of Scottish independence.
The aim and scope of this paper is to isolate the effects of population ageing in the context of potential Scottish independence.
A dynamic multiregional Overlapping Generations Computable General Equilibrium (OLG-CGE) model is used to evaluate the two scenarios.
The status quo scenario assumes that Scotland stays part of the UK and all government expenditures associated with its ageing population are funded on a UK-wide basis. In the independence scenario, Scotland and the rest of the UK pay for the growing demands of their ageing populations independently.