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A major British Liver Trust campaign supported by the RVH Liver Support Group has come to Northern Ireland for the first time.
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“The day my Nana was diagnosed with dementia was the day we ALL got it… but she’s still amazing!” Stigma, lack of knowledge and understanding, and fear of dementia, directly impact the lives of people living with dementia. This week, Dementia Awareness Week (18–24 May 2014), seeks to change that by...
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Establishing Derry as a ‘dementia friendly city’ is no easy task, but that’s exactly what Una Hume and Sabrina Lynch have tasked themselves with. Based at the Old Library Trust Creggan Healthy Living Centre, Una and Sabrina are spearheading DEED, ‘Derry engaging and empowering dementia.’ Read more...
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Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has described as “harassment” the repeated review of discretionary medical cards, especially for elderly people. He acknowledged there was a problem in the way discretionary medical card reviews were being carried out, but said 96 per cent of those reviewed kept their cards...
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The recent AGM of the Louth People’s Forum heard about the the vital role the forum has played in making Louth the premier age friendly county in Ireland. From restructuring the county’s bus service to combatting loneliness and improving age friendly business services, the Forum have established...
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Everyday helping relationships may be complex, but we do need to know how they work, says Ilona Haslewood. We ask someone to look after our car while we are away. We drop off some shopping for a neighbour, or babysit for a friend. For the most part, it’s everyday, mundane stuff - just a bit of help...
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As well as being on call for crisis situations on the ward, Ian Douglas also educates people about mental health conditions Every working day is different for me, but I always start my mornings in the same way. Up at 6.30am, get ready and drop my children off at the train station, then I'm in the...
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Office of First Minister and deputy First Minister are currently consulting on the Active Ageing Strategy. The Strategy sets out the NI Executive’s plans for older people over the coming 6 years,...
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One in three babies born today will reach 100 years old. Yet, as the Early Action Task Force's report Looking Forward to Later Life published today shows, the approach of successive governments to our ageing population has mirrored the approach of many individuals: disjointed, head-in-the-sand,...
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Everyone is entitled to a good death and the best quality of care when a cure is no longer possible. It should be a right, not a privilege. Unfortunately in Ireland this is not always the case. The Irish Hospice Foundation will be discussing these issues at a Primary Palliative Care conference in...
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Health Minister Edwin Poots has today launched the Mindwise Young People’s Strategy and Action Plan for 2014-19, at the MAC in Belfast.
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Health Minister Edwin Poots today welcomed health professionals from all over the United Kingdom and Ireland to the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (AUGIS) conference in Belfast.
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The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has today published the ‘Children Order Child Protection and Referral Statistics for Northern Ireland (quarter ending 31 March 2014).’
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A call has been issued for patients, families and carers to complete a major all-island survey of palliative care experiences. The Let’s Talk About survey is the first of its kind across Ireland and continues until the end of May. The survey asks people with illnesses which may not be cured to...
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If people share their concerns about poor care homes with other relatives and the authorities it can help instigate reform Anyone who watched Panorama's recent investigation of care homes would have seen professional care workers physically and emotionally abusing the elderly women in their care...
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Ukip thinks seniors will succumb to prejudice as if it were a bout of shingles. But most of us are inoculated against the old hatreds When I heard Nigel Farage's comment that many people over the age of 70 feel uncomfortable about homosexuality , I had to check my watch to make sure it was 2014,...
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The Wellcome Trust is funding a new research programme at the University of Oxford to investigate how the brain supports complex mental processes, and inform our understanding of the mind in health and disease. Read more here.
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Old age is associated with moving into a care home or struggling on in your own home. But is there an alternative? The residents of the Denham Garden Village retirement complex think so. Read more here.
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The 100-year-old volunteers in a project to share his century of life experiences with schoolchildren in London "I tell stories, little human stories," says Gus Bialick, who turned 100 last March, of his role volunteering in an innovative project to break down generational barriers...
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People entering adulthood with learning disabilities should be offered the choice and opportunity to be involved within their local community, and have access to a range of appropriate and stimulating activities that everyone else enjoys.

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