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Our e-bulletin provides up-to-date information on ageing research including seminars, funding opportunities, latest research and innovation. More detailed information is available on our website

August 2015

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Changes ahead - a letter from the Co-Chairs of CARDI
We wish to inform you of an important development within the Centre for Ageing Research and Development (CARDI) which will help sustain its underlying purpose of helping to improve the lives of older people in Ireland, North and South, especially those most disadvantaged. We are pleased to let you know that CARDI will become the Division of Ageing Research and Development of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland at the end of September. This builds on the excellent relationship we have enjoyed with the Institute since our establishment in 2007. Read the full letter from CARDI's co-chairs here.

International Training Programme on Ageing
CARDI, in association with the The Irish Network for Research in Dementia and Neurodegeneration, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Alzheimer's Society Northern Ireland, Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Institute of Aging will host a three day International Training Programme on Ageing on 22, 23, 24 September in Trinity College Dublin. It will focus on the theme of dementia. This training event is aimed at PhD, postdoctoral students and early career researchers. Registration is now closed for this event and presentations will be available post-event.

CARDI guest blog: The United Nations must avoid being ageist
In a guest blog post for CARDI, Professor Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, sets out a plea to challenge the United Nations on their Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). These will replace the Millennium Development Goals and will have a major influence on national and international policy for the next 15 years. One of the SDG targets is to reduce "premature mortality" from non-communicable disease (cancer, heart disease, stroke, etc.) by at least a third by 2030. Premature mortality is defined as dying before age 70 in the document.  In other words, the target sends a strong message to all countries that they should deprioritise health care provision for people aged 70 and over. Read more here.

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Ageing Research News

Ageing Research News

Drug discovery breakthrough for Alzheimer's
Researchers at pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly appear to have broken a decades-long deadlock in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease after announcing trial results for the first drug that appears to slow the pace of mental decline.The drug compound, solanezumab, was shown to stave off memory loss in patients with mild Alzheimer’s over the course of several years. Read more here.

Research reveals link between common medications and falls in older men
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin, St James’s Hospital, Dublin and three UK Universities have discovered a significant link between serious falls causing injury in older men and a particular group of commonly used medicines. Many medicines which are commonly prescribed for older people for bladder problems, depression, psychosis, insomnia, and respiratory problems have anti-cholinergic effects. The medications affect the brain by blocking a key chemical called acetylcholine which is involved in passing messages between nerve cells. This can lead to side effects including blurred vision, increased heart rate, sedation and confusion. Read more here.

People age at different rates reveals research
Tests on physiological markers in nearly 1,000 38-year-olds found that some had biological ages many years older than their birthdates would suggest. Researchers at Duke University used 18 physiological markers including blood pressure, organ function and metabolism to assess the biological age of each of the participants. For some, the past dozen years had taken no obvious toll on their body’s biology. The researchers drew on data gathered on people enrolled in the Dunedin study, a major investigation that has tracked the health and broader lives of around 1,000 people born in 1972 or 1973 in the town of Dunedin, New Zealand. Read more here.

Low mood and anxiety revealed as major issues for Derry's older people
A  health survey involving almost 700 older people in Derry’s Triax area has found that almost 60% suffer from low mood and anxiety related conditions. The project has been developed by the Gasyard-based Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum and the Old Library Trust in Creggan in association with NICVA and the Big Lottery Fund. Read more here.

Link between intelligence and longevity is mostly genetic
The tendency of more intelligent people to live longer has been shown, for the first time, to be mainly down to their genes by new research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. By analysing data from twins, researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science found that 95 per cent of the link between intelligence and lifespan is genetic. Read more here.

New research suggests older, more successful people are at higher risk of harmful drinking
Older adults who have “successfully aged” may be more prone to developing harmful drinking habits according to a recent study published in BMJ Open. "Successful agers" are defined as adults who are healthy, active both physically and socially, and also wealthy. Researchers at Age UK focused on what forces might cause harmful drinking in older adults. The study included 9,251 men and women, all 50 or older, as part of the 2008-09 and 2010-11 English Longitudinal Study of Aging. Read more here.

Brains that adapt to ageing ‘better at maintaining memory’
The findings of a study by researchers at Trinity College Dublin examining why some people are better than others at maintaining their memory in old age suggests that those whose brains adapt to compensate for age-related changes are more successful. Read more here.

Dementia care study seeks participants
The Irish part of the European Study Actifcare (Access to Timely Formal Care) would like to speak to people with dementia living at home and their families. If you would like to take part in this study please contact Dr Louise Hopper on 00 353 (0) 1 700 8540 or for further details. Read more here.

Five day 'fasting' diet slows down ageing and may add years to life
The Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) improves longevity while cutting the risk of cancer and diabetes by half according to researchers at the University of Southern California. Last year the same team discovered that fasting can regenerate the entire immune system bringing a host of long-term health benefits. Now they have found that a calorie-restricted diet comprising of vegetable soups and chamomile tea has the same affect and dieters only need to follow the FMD for five days a month. Read more here.

Older people who screen positive for dementia refuse subsequent evaluation
The Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Regenstrief Institute and Eskenazi Health study of approximately 500 older adults found that individuals living alone were the least likely to agree to diagnostic assessment following a positive screening test for dementia. Read more here.

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Ageing Policy News

NI consultation on age discrimination legislation
A consultation process on policy proposals to extend age discrimination legislation to the provision of goods, facilities and services in Northern Ireland was launched on 3 July 2015.  The consultation will run for 14 weeks until 8 October 2015 and the process will be supported by a series of regional consultation events which will take place in Belfast and in each county. More information on events and the ways to contribute to the consultation is available here.

Steps to Funding
For many community groups trying to provide services for older people, the barrier to achieving funding is the process itself. This is where Age NI’s Comic Relief supported project 'Steps To Funding' comes in. Through the project Age NI runs funding workshops for local groups supporting them to access financial support for activities that improve the lives of older people in their communities.

Review of 'Fair Deal' Scheme
The Department of Health in the Republic of Ireland recently launched the findings of a review of the Nursing Homes Support (“Fair Deal”) Scheme. The main findings of the review were discussed at a briefing of older people’s organisations held as part of the launch. In blog post CARDI’s Policy Officer Conor Breen examines the review findings in the context of demographic change. Read it here.

Five Small Steps To Stay On Your Feet
With falls by older people living in the community now estimated to cost Scotland’s health and care services more than £471m every year, a new campaign has begun that encourages older people to avoid falling. The City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian have jointly launched 'Five Small Steps To Stay On Your Feet' which gives people simple tips to try and prevent falls and also information about what to do if they do suffer one. Falls are a major problem for older people with more than 30 per cent of over-65s falling every year with many falling more than once. Read more here.

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Research and Policy Publications

Gateway to Global Aging Data
The Gateway to Global Aging Data is a platform for population survey data on ageing around the world.  This site offers a digital library of survey questions, a search engine for finding comparable questions across surveys and identically defined variables for cross-country analysis. Learn more here.

Opportunity Knocks: Designing Solutions for an Ageing Society
A recent report from the International Longevity Centre-UK, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the University of Cambridge’s Engineering Design Centre highlights the vital role of good design, technology and innovation in planning for ageing populations. The report argues that there is significant potential for responding to the challenges of ageing due to developments in wearable technologies, big data, 3D printing, cloud computing, the internet of things and smart cities. Read the report here.

Will Grandad Remember Me
‘Will Grandad Remember Me’ is a dementia educational and awareness programme developed by the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre.  The aim of the programme is to increase awareness among secondary school students about ageing and dementia and to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of Alzheimer's disease and of the risk factors for dementia especially lifestyle risk factors such as smoking, alcohol and obesity.  Read more here.

HIQA report on the regulation of designated centres for older people
In 2014, the Health Information and Quality Authority  in the ROI carried out 758 inspections of 549 nursing homes, 58 per cent of which were unannounced and 42 per cent announced. Inspections assessed compliance with the relevant regulations and National Standards, and made judgments regarding each provider’s ongoing fitness to operate a centre. While most centres had an acceptable level of overall compliance with the regulations and the National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland, many needed to improve their approach to individualised person-centred care planning. The report indicated many also needed to improve their approach to risk assessment and risk management. Read the report here.

Homicidal ideation in family carers of people with dementia
Family carers having homicidal thoughts about their loved one with dementia is a “real and significant phenomenon” according to researchers at Griffith University’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland, which reaffirms the profound pressures facing carers. Read more here.

Dignity and nutrition: care for older hospital patients
Older hospital patients in England face a “widespread and systematic” pattern of inadequate care. An estimated one million people in later life are affected by poor or inconsistent standards of dignity or help with eating in hospitals, according to a detailed statistical analysis of inpatient experience data in NHS hospitals in England. Research from the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at London School of Economics broke down data in the Adult Inpatient Survey for 2012-13 to provide a detailed picture of older people’s reported experiences during hospital stays.  Read more here.

ROI Life expectancy tables
The ROI's Central Statistics Office latest life tables show a 1.5 year life expectancy increase for men and 1.1 year increase for women between 2006 and 2011. Life expectancy at birth has increased significantly for both men and women since the first official life table was compiled in 1926. Over the 85 year period to 2011, male life expectancy increased by 20.9 years (36.6 per cent) while female life expectancy increased by 24.8 years (42.8 per cent).  See the tables here.

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International Federation on Ageing 13th Global Conference on Ageing
The International Federation on Ageing's (IFA) 13th Global Conference on Ageing wiil take place 21-23 July 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. The central theme will be on natural and human-induced disasters, and health emergencies in an ageing world in a program that will explore approaches to risk reduction, readiness, resilience, response and recovery with the goal of understanding how to establish and design more age-friendly, disaster-prepared communities. Learn more at

Irish Gerontological Society's Annual General Meeting
The Irish Gerontological Society's Annual General Meeting 2015 will take place at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin on Friday 4 September. The AGM will be followed by a series of stimulating talks and workshops during the afternoon, and dinner in the evening.  Further details here.

European Delirium Association and British Geriatrics Society Dementia Section Joint meeting
The European Delirium Association and British Geriatrics Society Dementia Section Joint meeting will be held in London, United Kingdom on Wednesday-Friday 2-4 September 2015. More information here.

Global Think Tank on Ageing
The Global Think Tank on Ageing will take place on Sunday-Tuesday 11-13 October 2015 in Copenhagen. It is the key driver in the development of the programme for the IFA Copenhagen Summit 2016. The goal of these connected meetings is to contribute new evidence-based thinking to the development of ageing policy as it relates to improved capacity and capability of older people. For more information visit the website:

Falls and postural stability meeting
The British Geriatrics Society will host its 16th Falls and Postural Stability meeting on Friday 11 September 2015. The day provides a forum for scientific discussion and clinical updates, and enables a multidisciplinary audience of over 200 professionals to share their experiences of best clinical practice. Read more here.

The future of health and social care delivery in Northern Ireland
The Policy Forum for Northern Ireland is hosting a senior-level keynote seminar on Wednesday 16 September 2015 in Belfast entitled The future of health and social care delivery in Northern Ireland. More information: The future of health and social care delivery in Northern Ireland following the Donaldson Report.

International Conference on Palliative Care and Care of the Older Person
Marymount University Hospital and Hospice is hosting the International Conference on Palliative Care and Care of the Older Person in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork from Thursday-Saturday 15-17 October 2015. The conference theme is “On Life’s Journey…” and will explore and examine the unique life journey of people requiring palliative and care for older people services. For more information visit

IPH Open Conference: 2nd call for registration and abstracts
The Institute of Public Health in Ireland's Open Conference will be held in Croke Park on Tuesday 13 October 2015. The themes this year are as follows: Cross sectoral work on the social determinants of health; Income inequalities and health – closing the gap; Research and evidence strengthening policy and practice; Excellence in leadership in public health and Influencing the teenage years – impact for life. It recently launched a 2nd call for registration and submissions. The deadline for proposals for presentations is Friday 14 August 2015. More information here.

International age-friendly universities conference
In collaboration with international partners, Arizona State University and Strathclyde University, Dublin City University is hosting the first international age-friendly universities conference on Monday-Tuesday 2-3 November 2015. Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing, will give the keynote address at the conference. Read more here.

Dementia Festival of Ideas
The Dementia Services Development Centre is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a Festival of Ideas including an International Dementia Conference in Birmingham on Tuesday-Wednesday 3-4 November 2015.  Further information can be found via the following links:;;

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Funding, Awards & Training Opportunities

All Ireland Research Awards on Ageing 2015
The Health Service Executive (ROI) has announced a new fund for research on ageing. This Research Awards Fund will seek to support high-quality research projects in relation to positive and healthy ageing.There is a total of €300,000 available through this first call. It is anticipated that up to three awards will be made with the exact number depending on the quality of proposals. Applications may be submitted by individuals or groups from higher education institutions, service providers, public, non-profit voluntary, charity and community sectors. The deadline for expressions of interest was Wednesday 8 July and the deadline for completed applications is Friday 11 September 2015. More information here.

HSC Doctoral Fellowships
The Health & Social Care Research and Development Division of the Public Health Agency (HSC R&D Division) offers Doctoral Fellowships to support research training in order to increase the Health and Social Care (HSC) R&D capacity and to build an evaluative evidence-based culture. The scheme is intended to enable an individual to develop a research career in the HSC by undertaking research training leading to a PhD. The scheme is open to individuals already employed in the HSC or in voluntary/not-for-profit organisations in Northern Ireland involved in health or social care provision.The deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday, 14 October 2015 at 2pm. More information here.

Dementia Champions programme
Do you want to play a role in improving the lives of people with dementia? Why not apply for the Dementia Elevator (Dublin City University) Dementia Champions programme? Applications now open for the October 2015 intake. Closing date is Friday 14 August 2015. More information here

SFI Career Development Award 2015
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) recently announced the launch of the SFI Career Development Award 2015 Programme. Career Development Awards support excellent investigators still in the earlier stages of their research career who are already in an independent academic position and who obtain their salary either from the organisation with which they are employed or from an alternative funding source. The award provides an opportunity to extend activities by allowing research teams to be built or expanded. The deadline for submissions is Thursday 10 December 2015. Full details on the Career Development Award programme can be found here.

Joint Stroke Association/HSC R&D Division Stroke Lectureship Award
The Stroke Association is collaborating with HSC R&D Division to support stroke research and build capacity in Northern Ireland. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 13 October 2015. Application documents: Joint Stroke Association/HSC R&D Division Stroke Lectureship Award

Evolving models of patient engagement and access for earlier identification of Alzheimer’s disease
€45 million in funding has been made available under a new Horizon 2020 call entitled “Evolving models of patient engagement and access for earlier identification of Alzheimer’s disease: Phased expansion study”. The call was opened on Thursday 9 July and the deadline for applications is Tuesday 13 October 2015. More information is available here.

Cancer Prevention Fellowship Programme
The Health Research Board and Irish Cancer Society are pleased to announce a joint call for applications for individuals working in Ireland to apply to become an NCI Cancer Prevention Fellow under the auspices of the Ireland-Northern Ireland – NCI Cancer Consortium. Applications are due on 25 August 2015 for entry into the Programme the following June. More information here.

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This work has been made possible through funding by The Atlantic Philanthropies, augmented by grants from the Department of Health and the Health & Social Care Research & Development Office, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland. CARDI is hosted by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland.

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