Social isolation among older people - those aged 65 years and over - puts ageing populations at a higher risk of dementia, cardiovascular disease and decreased immune system responsivity, according to the Alone charity. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Loneliness among older people is believed to be as damaging to their health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, with older generations at risk of increase(...)

Where you live can make a difference to your mental health

Older people who live in disadvantaged areas have a higher risk of developing mental illnesses including depression, dementia and cognitive impairmen(...)

Old and poor

The different income challenges facing the elderly in their retirement years have been well illustrated by reports from the Centre for Ageing Research(...)

’The reports underline the importance of designing social and economic policies that address the root causes of inequality across the life course.’ Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

Older people possess significant wealth in terms of assets but income differences between the richest and poorest older people are widening, according(...)

The older and allegedly wiser shake their heads at the sight of young people falling about on the street from the effects of too much drink. (...)

Eamon Gilmore said Séamus Healy’s comments were ’seriously over the top’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The Government was accused of “an act of social vandalism” over its policy on fuel poverty as gas costs increased dramatically since 2011.Independent (...)