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(...)

High-quality films for children have a special place in our cultural landscape. To reach beyond children to adults requires a sure touch for ta(...)

Born as copies, we die as originals, and in every department of geriatric medicine, this formula provides an unstated but rich counterpoint to our work. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Every old man I see”, wrote Patrick Kavanagh in his Memory of My Father , “reminds me of my(...)

Following the Leas Cross report, standards for nursing home care and an independent inspectorate were instituted in a speedy and collaborative manner. Photograph: Eric Luke

Praising the HSE is assuredly a minority sport. Yet a sad aspect of recent years has been the sustained “talking down” of the Irish health service. De(...)

This week’s column is filed from the annual meeting of the US Transportation Research Board. Held every January in Washington since 1920, it is the la(...)

David Cameron, the British prime minister, addresses the key health ministers in all G8 countries about the fight against dementia. Photograph: Crown Copyright

For those who care about a better life for those affected by dementia, an early Christmas present came from an unexpected source. The G8, the group of(...)