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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.
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11th May 2015, National Institute on Aging (US)
The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2015: Path to Treatment and Prevention held Feb. 9-10 brought together leading experts on Alzheimer’s disease and other complex diseases to identify research priorities and strategies needed to accelerate the development of successful therapies.
Over 60 leading experts from academia, industry, non-profit organisations and advocacy groups joined to develop the research recommendations.
The EU-funded project INNOVAGE has recently published a report aimed at facilitating the involvement of older users in the social innovation process.
5th May 2015, European Commission
Launched during the European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing in March 2015, the background document 'Growing the Silver Economy', drafted jointly by different Directorates-General within the European Commission, is a first attempt to present what the Silver Economy has to offer in a rapidly ageing Europe and what the European Union is already doing to support it. Read more and download the document here (in full and summary versions)
5th May 2015, European Commission's Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Using the right tool to adequately monitor the impact of a wide range of policies is necessary to manage population ageing. This is the purpose of the Active Ageing Index (AAI) which measures the extent to which older people can realise their full potential in terms of employment, participation in social and cultural life and independent living, as well as the extent to which the environment they live in enables seniors to lead an active life. A report has just been issued which compiles the work of the Active Ageing Index project.
5th May 2015, European Parliament
Following an external evaluation of European Year 2012 for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations and the report on the implementation, results and overall assessment of that European Year released by the European Commission on 15 September 2014, the European Parliament's Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services has published a European Implementation Assessment of the EU Year 2012. Read more here.
5th May 2015, The American Heart Association (AHA)
Advances in cardiac surgery and postoperative care during the past few decades mean that more people with congenital heart disease are living longer with a better quality of life.The American Heart Association (AHA) recently issued the first scientific statement for treating adults older than 40 years with congenital heart disease. The recommendations, published online in Circulation, are broad in scope and cover diagnosis, treatment, and management of complications and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk factors.
To plan for pensions and health and social services, future mortality and life expectancy need to be forecast. Consistent forecasts for all subnational units within a country are very rare. The aim of this study by researchers at Imperial College London and funded by UK Medical Research Council and Public Health England was to forecast mortality and life expectancy for England and Wales' districts. The study revealed significant inequalities in life expectencies across districts.
5th May 2015, Dr. Catriona Murphy, TILDA
Research led by Dr. Catriona Murphy (HRB ICE Research Fellow) of TILDA estimates that 64% of the over 50s in Ireland have high blood pressure, a leading cause of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and premature death and disability. Almost half of those with high blood pressure were unaware of their condition. The study also revealed that almost half of those who were on medication to control blood pressure did not have their blood pressure controlled to normal levels.
Other key findings from this study include:
5th May 2015, European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care
Frailty among older people with cardiovascular disease appears to be more predictive than age for gauging their risk of heart attack, stroke and death, according to an international study that included researchers at Duke Medicine.
CARDI launched the report Keeping Active for Better Ageing at a symposium on physical activity and ageing at The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress 2015. The research paper examines the factors that encourage more physical activity in older adults with a particular focus on potential policy and practice interventions.