The WHO report reminds us that that old age is not a synonymous with dependence, either physical or economic. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

‘World Report on Ageing and Health’ establishes concept of longevity dividend, says Des O’Neill

In this beautifully illustrated new history of an institution known for most of its existence as the King’s and Queen’s College of Physicians in Ireland, Alf McCreary relates how this bastion of king and country went into a Cinderella-like state of suspended animation for four decades after the founding of the State but is now emerging as a potent force in not only Irish and international healthcare but also in preserving a critical aspect of our heritage

Healing Touch’s author deftly navigates how religion and politics affected the college without detracting from the vibrant story (...)

Where would you like to live when you get older? It’s time to think and talk about it

One study showed that those who do not take vacations are more likely to be older and poorer, and did not show the gains in health and wellbeing of those taking a holiday. Photograph: Thinkstock

We need to spare a thought for those who, through disability and poverty, cannot get a break from everyday life

‘Priorities should  turn to engagement with users of the services (the proposed Working Group makes no mention of them) . . .’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘A part of this delusion is a simplistic and ageist assumption that nursing home care is almost some form of lifestyle choice, wit(...)

Older people may harbour ageist attitudes about specialist services for older people. Photograph: iStockphoto

A form of combined care will need to become the new standard of care

Alice (Julianne Moore) and her daughter (Kristen Stewart) are united by love and shared vulnerability in ‘Still Alice’.

We need to move the subjective experience of the person with the disease more firmly centre stage, says Des O’Neill

Most of us have the opportunity for a longer and richer relationship with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Photograph: Thinkstock

Once we start talking about older people in society, the discourse quickly assumes gloomy apocalyptic tones of burden

Society must become less gerontologically illiterate if old people are to get proper care, says Des O’Neill

‘Thirty to 40 per cent of older people will suffer a further loss of function while in hospital.’  Photograph: Thinskstock Images

There is a significant shortage of appropriate geriatric rehabilitation units in the country, says Prof Des O’Neill

One of the good things about the Irish health system is that the HSE has accepted that a significant proportion of the physicians working in acute medical units should be geriatricians, given that older people are a key client group for medical services. Photograph: Thinkstock

Reshuffle of Cabinet has been good for healthcare and move by this specialist into temporary acute care position at Tallaght hospi(...)

Most of us will live beyond 65, and about one in 10 of us will be affected by dementia. Photograph: Thinkstock

The fear and dread of losing our memory can make the experience of the disease worse than it needs to be

Ireland’s healthcare system has much to learn from the Stafford Hospital scandal

Limiting access adds savour to most sensory experiences, a sentiment captured by Patrick Kavanagh in his poem Advent: “through…

SECOND OPINION: Two recent movies underline how ageing has become mainstream in popular culture

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