Family, support, social networks and participation

Irish health care charity release the results of their European Commission funded, nursing home study, HAPPIER

Let's talk about care: Survey

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The All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care

Improving quality of life for people with dementia and their carers through impact investment

20th April 2015, NESTA

NESTA a UK-based charity recently released a paper which explores the role for impact investment in developing and scaling products to improve the quality of life of people with dementia. It does this by examining areas where there is a need for innovation, promising evidence of impact and market opportunity. The first section of the report discusses the nature of dementia and its social and economic impact. The second section looks at the current policy and market landscape and discusses the market opportunity.

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.

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Grandparents key source of childcare: Irish Times
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Focus On...Social inclusion and ageing with an intellectual disability

23rd March 2015, CARDI

More adults with an intellectual disability (ID) in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and Northern Ireland (NI) are living to older ages. Social inclusion is vital for the health, wellbeing and quality of life of this group of adults as they age, and they often age without the family and social supports that other adults have.

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