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 report, New perspectives and approaches to understanding dementia and stigma, published by the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) in collaboration with the MRC, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society and supported by the drug company Pfizer, shines a light on the impact the fear around dementia has on those living with the condition, their families and carers, which prevents the research community capturing a full picture of the disease.
In 2010, ARK carried out survey research on public attitudes and knowledge of dementia in Northern Ireland, as part of the Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) survey. This is a nationally-representative social attitudes survey including adults aged 18 years or over, and 1204 individuals were interviewed in the 2010 survey. The questions covered knowledge of dementia, perceptions of people with dementia, attitudes towards people with dementia, and capacity for independent living. This research was funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies.
The ARK Ageing Programme was established within ARK (a joint initiative between Queen’s University and University of Ulster) to support engagement between the age sector and the academic sector. It will do this by encouraging and facilitating the production and use of research that will support lobbying, fundraising and advocacy. In addition, it aims to embed ageing research within both universities.
Life satisfaction dips around middle age and rises in older age in high-income, English-speaking countries, but that is not a universal pattern, according to a new report published in The Lancet as part of a special series on ageing. In contrast, residents of other regions—such as the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa—grow increasingly less satisfied as they age.
Dementia - and its major cause, Alzheimer’s disease - has increasingly moved out of the shadows in recent years, a due recognition of its place as the key contributor to serious disability in later life, but also of more positive attitudes to supporting those affected by illness: the person and the family. Professor Des O’Neill examines the signs, symptoms, treatment and care for those with dementia. Read more here.