By Michelle Mc Donagh of The Irish Times. The first national audit of the quality of dementia care in Ireland’s acute hospitals has identified major gaps in the level of patient care. The audit of 35 acute hospitals, carried out in 2013, revealed serious shortfalls in the training of staff in dementia care. None of the hospitals had mandatory dementia awareness education or training for […]

29th of January 2014: National dementia audit in acute hospitals shows major gaps in care

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Written by Steph Booth, married to Tony Booth  (taken from The Irish Times). Married to Alzheimer’s In the past few years European governments have harangued their citizens over the need for austerity and a consequent willingness to accept damaging cuts to social and welfare budgets. We are told by government that anyone out of work is a drain on the national economy and, as such, […]

22nd of Janaury 2014: Married to Alzheimer’s

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OLDER PEOPLE STRUGGLING to deal with the isolation caused by the emigration of both their children and grandchildren sought comfort from an Irish run helpline in 2012. The ‘Senior Helpline‘, which is operated by the national voluntary organisation Third Age Ireland, received in the region of 15,000 calls in 2012. Up over 50 per cent on the previous year, their head of communications, Anne Dempsey, […]

10th of January 2014:Helpline receives 15,000 calls from older people in 2012

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MORE THAN 600 patients have been cleared to leave hospital this Christmas – but can’t leave because alternative arrangements have not been put in place. More than 90 per cent of these people are elderly. Figures obtained by Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI) show that 618 patients could remain in hospital over Christmas despite being cleared to leave by a senior doctor. It says […]

18th of December 2013: 618 kept in hospital over Christmas – despite being cleared by docs

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The number of people living with dementia worldwide is set to treble by 2050, according to a new analysis. Alzheimer’s Disease International says 44 million people live with the disease, but that figure will increase to 135 million by 2050. The figures were released ahead of the G8 dementia summit in London next week. In the UK, dementia research receives one eighth of the amount […]

Dementia cases ‘set to treble worldwide’ by 2050

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  Daily exercise at home or some gardening can significantly cut the risk of a heart attack/stroke and prolong life among the 60+ age group, according to a new Swedish study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The research which was conducted at Karolinska Institutet and The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences show that these routine activities are as good as […]

30th of October 2013: DIY and gardening can significantly cut the risk of a heart attack/stroke

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