If fighting off Father Time by deflating your cholesterol count and stress levels is tucked somewhere in the back of your mind, maybe you should keep it there. With a longer, healthier life as a goal, perhaps you should be turning more of your attention to making friends, waging war on your waistline, and extinguishing your cigarettes for good. That is some of the wisdom […]

21st of October 2013: The Secrets of Aging Well

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  Sleeping in regularly may not be a good idea if you want to keep your brain sharp, according to a new study that found people in their 60s and 70s who slept on average 9 hours or more in a 24-hour period showed a more rapid decline in cognitive function over 3 years than counterparts who slept 6-8 hours. Decline in cognitive function, such […]

10th of October 2013: Sleeping longer linked to faster decline in brain function

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Coping with a lot of stress in middle age may boost the risk of developing dementia in late life – at least among women – suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. [Common psychosocial stressors in middle-aged women related to longstanding distress and increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease: a 38-year longitudinal population study doi 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003142]  The response to common life events may trigger […]

4th of October 2013: Mid Life Stress leads to Heightened Risk of Dementia

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Community representatives from across Ireland who are part of an innovative scheme which supports older people to continue living independently in their own homes, will meet in Dublin this week to discuss ways of expanding the programme. Age Action’s Care and Repair programme was launched in 2007 to provide a small DIY service and home visitations to older people, with the aim of enabling them […]

27th of September 2013: Croke Park Conference to mark start of Positive Ageing Week

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Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner Reporter, examines how home care may be able to help. Delayed discharges are costing the health service over €500,000 a night. The cost is based on an analysis of a report on delayed discharges published this month by the HSE.  The report shows that 685 patients were occupying hospital beds across the country at midnight on Aug 13. Such patients no […]

29th of August 2013: Delayed hospital discharges cost €500k a night.

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Two cups of hot chocolate a day could help fight dementia: a study that one of our 94year old home care clients made us aware of ! The New York Times reports that Harvard researchers studied a group of seniors who didn’t have dementia and found drinking two cups of cocoa each day improved blood flow to the brain and led to better scores on […]

16th of August 2013: Two cups of hot chocolate a day could help fight dementia: study

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