Irish Centre for Social Gerontology  at NUI Galway findings suggest raising the State pension age is beneficial for the healthy with rewarding jobs, but “punitive” for those in ill-health or in physically demanding jobs.

Working past age 66 should be a choice and those who choose not to should be entitled to a full State pension, an expert working group has said. The(...)

Kevin Molloy, John Walsh and Mai Quaid at the Earn Our Vote launch; they hope older voters’ concerns will be on the agenda. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

One of the greatest challenges for us as we age is “bar-stool gerontology”. For many complex subjects – nuclear physics, molecular biology or philoso(...)

NUIG’s Prof Pat Dolan: “It can be easily argued that while we have given forensic attention to the economic recovery, we have not yet given enough focus to the human cost and or recovery.”  Photograph: Aengus McMahon

Researchers need to “wake up” to the “lived experience of citizens” and produce work that is relevant now to families and communities, an NUI Galway ((...)

What’s the secret to a longer life? Photograph: Thinkstock

Dr Mark Rowe is a GP practicing in Waterford who is particularly interested in wellbeing. He wrote the recent book, A Prescription for Happiness. 1. M(...)

More than 48,000 people are living with dementia in Ireland and, as the population at large doubles by 2031, that number will significantly increase

An innovative project designed to allow dementia patients to live at home for longer rather than in long-term care is to be funded permanently by th(...)

Centenarian Maire Godfrey at  home in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

One of Máire Godfrey’s earliest memories is of the soldiers who lived in her home in Co Kerry during the Civil War in 1922. About 15 Free State(...)

In recent months, centenarians interviewed by this newspaper have variously attributed their longevity to “hard work, staying positive and the pint of(...)

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 (...)

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea, who received the backing from his players following the All-Ireland defeat by Kilkenny, urges his side forward. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There is mounting concern in Tipperary hurling that manager Eamon O’Shea may no longer be able to commit to the post. In the aftermath of Saturday’s A(...)

Drawing on early memories is proving to be very effective in clinical trials.

A “Dr Who” approach to engaging with people with dementia can have a marked impact on their quality of life, according to research led by NUI Galway (...)

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