The Bealtaine Festival organised by Age & Opportunity is taking place with events across Ireland throughout the month of May. Aimed at celebrating creativity in older age the festival includes workshops, performances and arts-related talks. Read more here.
A ‘TripAdvisor’-style app is being launched which allows UK carers to locate and rate dementia-friendly places so they are better able to get out and about with their loved-ones. Triggered by Dr Katie Brittain, a Lecturer in Social Gerontology at Newcastle University, the Dementia Friendly Places project is one of the first to use the App […]
A new European research project valued at €4 million, aimed at managing active and healthy ageing through the use of caring service robots has recently begun at NUI Galway. The MARIO project brings together a consortium of partners from academic institutions and industry across Europe, led by the School of Nursing and Midwifery at NUI […]
When people in their 50s stay on in the workforce, it creates more, not fewer, jobs for younger people – according to a UK government-backed report. Keeping older people at work can also boost wages for younger employees, argues Ros Altmann, the government-appointed champion for older workers. Her report suggests that extending working lives would add […]
A survey by The Guardian reveals the majority of people in UK are not planning properly for later life, society is failing to harness older people’s skills and strengths, and people are concerned about loneliness in old age. The Guardian’s latest ageing population survey shows that only 26% of respondents feel older people in the UK have a good quality […]
Pensions and healthcare benefits vary widely across the globe as do people’s perception of their happiness, according to this article in the Guardian. The article examines 12 countries, including Ireland and the UK, using statistics from Global Agewatch 2014, with Ireland ranking highly in comparison to other countries.
In Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley, hedge fund manager Joon Yun is doing a back-of-the-envelope calculation. According to US social security data, he says, the probability of a 25-year-old dying before their 26th birthday is 0.1%. If we could keep that risk constant throughout life instead of it rising due to age-related […]