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

One of the more entertaining moments in the recent history of the Oireachtas was when Joe Higgins, the socialist TD, looked into his wardrobe and foun(...)

One of the lasting legacies of the scabrous yet deeply entertaining Viz magazine is Roger’s Profanisaurus, a predictably naughty take on Roget’s Th(...)

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

Although many strides have been made in recognising that older people are the key adult client group of our health services, many redoubts of tenaciou(...)

Building resilience towards fragility requires a lifelong process of development and practise of relevant attitudes and qualities.

Faced with a gerontology conference with 20 sessions occurring simultaneously, the texting argot of teenagers comes in handy. To LOL and YOLO has bee(...)

As the Irish public become increasingly interested in the topic of ageing and old age, I am often asked about the term “gerontology” and in what ways (...)

Composer Ian Wilson looks on as the Irish Chamber Orchestra gives a performance of his work at the stroke unit, Tallaght hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Despite the many benefits of new technologies, a surprising aspect of medicine for lay people is that 80 per cent of diagnoses arise from the history (...)

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

A change, they say, is as good as a holiday. For those concerned with healthcare, this was certainly true of the recent Cabinet reshuffle. After one o(...)

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

Dementia – and its major cause, Alzheimer’s disease – has moved out of the shadows in recent years. This is due to the recognition of its place as (...)

The potential to be blinded by science and the need for synergy with humanities was noted by the great philosopher Immanuel Kant (above) no mean scientist himself

The newest architectural gem in Trinity College Dublin is the award-winning Long Room Hub, a slim and elegant presence inserted among classical, neocl(...)

Older people, particularly when ill or disabled, are not just another group of adults; effective care needs to be informed by the science of gerontology. Photograph: Thinkstock

Gothenburg is a handsome city with imposing stone and brick buildings, simultaneously sober and ornamented, set among green hills falling to two archi(...)