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Little is understood about the unique challenges faced by the ageing population of black and Asian ethnic minorities in Ireland, North and South. Yet these small older populations are growing according to the most recent censuses in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (ROI), writes...
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The UK's ageing population will need 1 million care workers, so effective professional development and the funding to deliver it must start now Tomorrow sees the Kingsmill review publish its report into working conditions in the care sector. Like last month's Panorama investigation of abuse of...
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One of Danske Bank’s most senior executives is embarking on his very own version of the Giro d’Italia cycling over 300 miles across Northern Ireland in just three days. With cycle mania taking over...
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The hundreds of thousands of people living with dementia need support and kindness, not stigma and isolation, writes Terry Pratchett in The Guardian. Pratchett who himself lives with dementia took part last week in a TV campaign launched by Public Health England and the Alzheimer's Society which...
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Unless community-based services replace lost NHS beds discharged older patients are likely to be readmitted A recent study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found the UK had the second lowest number of hospital beds per capita in Europe . There are 2.95 beds in the UK...
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A new report Life on a Low Income (pdf), published by Age Cymru – a charity that campaigns on issues affecting the elderly in Wales- highlights the plight of older people living in poverty. According to the report, 84,000 older people are estimated to be living in poverty in Wales – about 14% of...
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Case study of woman who dried toilet paper on radiator for reuse included in report revealing 14% of pensioners live in poverty A 91-year-old woman was so short of money that she dried toilet paper on a radiator so she could reuse it and survived on just one or two boiled potatoes a day, a report...
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The Ukip leader is wrong to say that older people are more anti-gay but the caricature isn't a surprise Homosexuality makes most people over 70 feel uncomfortable, according to Nigel Farage . The Ukip leader was attempting to defend Roger Helmer, his candidate in next month's Newark byelection, who...
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Active older people may reduce their risk of a heart attack if they increase their activity levels as they age, a new study suggests. According to US and Portuguese scientists, people over the age of 65 should ‘not slow down' as they get older.The study found that those who walked more and at...
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Family doctors could save the health service €1,000 a day for every patient that they keep from an overnight stay in hospital, the Irish College of General Practitioner Conference heard, writes Caroline Crawford. Read more here.
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A new report shows that the cost cap on care will only apply to a few, so engaging the public in financial preparations is vital Politicians must act on care rationing The new care bill, currently being read for the final time in the House of Lords, will, if it goes through as expected, represent...
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A new report shows that over 85s are badly affected by isolation it needs to be made a public health priority Loneliness causes misery and a poor quality of life for too many people. As the thinktank CentreForum's new report Ageing Alone shows, it is over-85s who are the worst affected. Nearly half...
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Health Minister Edwin Poots today praised Northern Ireland nurses for their commitment and dedication to making a real difference across the health service.
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Those expecting changes to help cover their bill are in for a shock, according to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries The cap on the cost of residential care announced by the government last year will help few older people, according to a report by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)...
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The Alzheimer's Society's programme supports people who want to understand dementia better It is four o'clock in the morning. A man has been roused from an already fitful sleep by his wife. She is upset and confused. And she has wet the bed. He has to comfort her and change the sheets at the same...
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What’s the most important fact about ethnicity in the UK? There’s higher poverty among all ethnic minority groups than among White British people, says Helen Barnard. A new report out this week painted a fascinating picture of some of the biggest ethnic minority groups in Britain. ‘A Portrait of...
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New research suggests that the benefits of direct payments might be compromised by a lack of funding and choice Personal budgets have allowed us to take charge for the first time Personal budgets were intended to transform social care, putting people at the heart of decisions on how, when and by...
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This film about the book about the blog celebrates older women who insist on exuberant visibility Advanced Style is a diverting, if slight piece that doesn't reach too far outside its own world: a New York fashion movie about a New York fashion blog. Ari Seth Cohen is a writer and photographer who...
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Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke (NICHS)has launched its new research strategy for 2014 – 2018 and invites applications for the 2015 round of scientific research grants funding commencing on Thursday 8th May 2014. Applicants must address and demonstrate how their project aligns with...
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For older patients with schizophrenia, the risk for developing dementia is twice as high compared to those without the severe mental disease, according to new research from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Center for Aging Research. Read more here.

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