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

One of the great advances of the last century is that nearly all of us will live longer and with less disability than recent generations. A part of th(...)

All societies will benefit from improved walking and cycling access, and more efficient public transport – in conjunction with inevitable car use.  Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh

There is an old joke about a man who goes through a customs post with a wheelbarrow of sand every day. The increasingly frustrated customs officers ma(...)

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

Paediatric medicine is now so well established that we would think it strange for a child to be looked after in an adult hospital service. Yet up unti(...)

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

Birdman, one of the most riotously entertaining yet serious movies of the past decade, deservedly won a clutch of Oscars. Dealing with ageing, the fea(...)

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 (...)