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

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