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.
For 10 years the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) was used to monitor care at the end of life, but negative media reports raised concerns it had led to poor care and even deaths - and last summer a panel led by the Baroness Neuberger decided that the LCP should no longer be used.
But writing in Scrubbing Up, Dr Claud Regnard, a consultant in palliative care medicine in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, suggests the media, government and Neuberger panel were wrong to blame the LCP and questions whether the ban was justified and will benefit patients.
A parliamentary committee in New Delhi has recommended that retirement age should be increased from 60 years to 65 years, citing the increase in ageing population and their productivity.
In its report tabled in Lok Sabha, the committee also advocated a host of benefits to the geriatric population, including upping their income tax exemption limit and setting up of super-speciality hospitals in all states exclusively for them.
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (ROI), Brendan Howlin TD, and Minister of State for Public Service Reform and the Office of Public Works, Brian Hayes TD, recently published (14 January 2014) the ROI Government’s new Public Service Reform Plan 2014-2016 and the Second Progress Report on its previous Reform Plan. It contains a number of measures in the health sector that concern older people.
Japan's population declined by a record 244,000 people in 2013, according to health ministry estimates. The ministry said an estimated 1,031,000 babies were born last year - down some 6,000 from the previous year. Meanwhile, the number of people that died last year was 1,275,000 - a rise of around 19,000 from 2012.
To mark Human Rights Day (10 Dec 2013), HelpAge has published new research that reveals the diversity of discrimination faced by older people around the world. It carried out surveys in Mozambique, Peru and Kyrgyzstan, asking one hundred older people in each country about their experiences of discrimination.