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The Health and Social Care Research and Development Division (HSC R&D Division) in conjunction with the National Co-ordinating Centre for Research Capacity Development (NCC RCD) invites applications for the fourteenth round of the NIHR Clinician Scientist Award Scheme. The scheme is intended to...
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Health Minister, Edwin Poots, today announced the appointment of a non-executive Financial Member to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Agency (NIFRS) for a four year period. Mr Gordon Smyth is appointed with effect from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2018.
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The Office of the First and deputy First Minister is seeking your views on the consultation document “Active Ageing Strategy 2014-2020”. The purpose of the strategy is to transform attitudes to and services for older people. It will help provide direction for Departmental Policies, make...
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On Thursday, June 12th 2014, the National Centre for the Protection of Older People (NCPOP), University College Dublin, in collaboration with the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) will host a national conference to mark World...
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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) does not disappear with age, new research shows. A study at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, finds that ADHD affects about three percent of over-60s. The researchers, led by Marieke Michielsen, gave a questionnaire to 1,...
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Older individuals who have apathy - a lack of interest or emotion - are more likely to have smaller brain volumes than people who are not apathetic, according to new research published in the journal Neurology. The research team, including Lenore J. Launer, PhD, of the National Institute on Aging...
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Health and Social Services Minister Edwin Poots today launched minimum care standards for children’s homes.
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The Northern Ireland Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister is seeking your views on the draft Active Ageing Strategy. You can download the consultation by clicking HERE. For more information use contact details below: Tel: 028 9052 3433 Fax: 028 9052 3272 Textphone: 028 9052 2526...
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The Northern Ireland Department for Social Development is consulting on its proposal to introduce a new Achieving Affordable Warmth Scheme. The new scheme will aim to improve domestic energy efficiency and, therefore, reduce energy consumption in eligible private housing by targeting households...
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From 17 April at the Tate Modern in London will host a spectacular exhibition of the works of artist Henri Matisse. The exhibition will feature a collection of cut-out artworks in a kaleidoscope of colours including some of the artist's most well known works the Blue Nude and Icarus. Nicola...
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Some areas of neurology have seen tremendous advances in recent decades; however, the current lack of curative treatments means that most patients eventually die with, and often from, their disease or injury. Although palliative and end-of-life care is increasingly being recognised as an important...
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The world’s population is getting older. Across the globe, people are living longer thanks to improvements in healthcare, nutrition and technology. This population shift brings with it incredible possibilities, but also a new set of challenges. How do we care for our elderly? In this TED talk...
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CARDI recently featured a blog entitled We need to talk about dementia.... Deirdre Shanagher from The Irish Hospice Foundation has written this reponse as a guest blog: “We need to talk about dementia…” (13 March 2014) raises very relevant points with regard to the current...
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A study from Taiwan has found an association between the use of statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) and reduced dementia risk. In this large study of older adults, researchers recorded people’s first prescription of statins and looked at their later development of dementia – comparing...
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Volunteers are an essential part of research and as health journalists, we are often asked to publicise different research projects that are seeking participants to test hypotheses. These projects can range from those investigating the value of specific nutrients on conditions such as diabetes or...
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The Department of Health and NHS England have launched a £400m programme for vulnerable older people to reduce pressure on accident and emergency wards. Their transforming primary care programme aims to help 800,000 people deemed to have the most complex needs. They are mostly expected to be...
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A new method for measuring delirium severity in older adults has been developed by researchers from Harvard, Brown, and UMASS. The new scoring system, CAM-S, is based on the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) and standardises the measurement of delirium severity for both clinical and research uses...
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A new BBC series Protecting our Parents reveals multiple issues with the fragmented systems of health and social care. There are, the first programme explains, more pensioners than children living in Britain today: the intimate personal crises filmed at Heartlands hospital demonstrate the myriad...
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More than 2,000 elderly people a month are contacting a helpline over financial woes and loneliness. Senior Helpline – which is operated by the elderly advocate organisation Third Age – have been inundated with calls from vulnerable elderly people in the last three months. The voluntary...
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A new report (Monday 14 April 2014) funded by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) finds that many older people enjoy good social connections. However, a substantial number are at risk of social exclusion. It also finds that a lack of information about social exclusion...

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