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.
Older people feel angry and frustrated about the “myth” that they have been insulated from austerity according to a pre-budget submission by Age Action Ireland. Presenting its pre-budget submission, the charity will say that while the State pension has not been reduced, the impact of cuts and restrictions on other supports has “put a huge strain” on older people, with increasing numbers unable to afford basic goods and services. 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.
The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) recently published a health technology assessment which finds that a national screening programme for atrial fibrillation for over 65s in primary care would likely be cost-effective in Ireland.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) seen in general practice and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Ireland. Screening aims to detect the risk of stroke in an individual as early as possible.
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).
According to a recent report from the Growing Up In Ireland survey, grandparents play a role in looking after one-third of infants in childcare, while an Ipsos MRBI Family Values poll a few months ago showed that grandparents were the most utilised source of childcare (42pc) for working parents.
While growing older does take its toll on the brain, the effect may have been overstated, according to Li Huijie of the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Psychology. "Ageing has a negative impact on the brain, but it is not as bad as we thought," he said. That conclusion came from the largest brain scan analysis of the effects of ageing ever carried out.
New research shows regular exercise can reduce ageing and increase the average life span. Sanjay Sharma, professor of inherited cardiac diseases in sports cardiology at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London, said moderate exercise reduced the risk of dying from a heart attack in the average person's 50s and 60s by half. Read more here.
A test developed by researchers at Kings College London could track how well a person is ageing could help doctors identify patients who are most at risk of dementia and other age-related conditions. Those picked out as ageing fast could be referred onto clinical trials for treatments that try to prevent neurodegenerative diseases or slow the ageing process itself.