The recommendation is outlined in a report by scientists leading the on-going Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (Tilda). Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP via Getty

Regular aerobic or moderate exercise in weeks and months prior to Covid-19 vaccination can help improve antibody responses post vaccination in older p(...)

Concerns have been expressed that because people are spending more time indoors during the pandemic, their vitamin D levels may be even lower than usual. File photograph: Getty

Older people should take daily vitamin D supplements for their bone and muscle health, the Department of Health has advised. In new advice, the depar(...)

Prof Rose Anne Kenny of Trinity College Dublin called on the Government last May to immediately advise people to take the vitamin supplement during the pandemic. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

People have “nothing to lose”, and much to gain, by taking vitamin D supplements as protection during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new paper (...)

Cherry Keane with her two granddaughters, Grace Keane (7) and Sarah-Jane Keane (4). Photograph: Tom Honan

The one “horrible” part of the first lockdown in the coronavirus pandemic for Dublin grandmother Cherry Keane (76) was being separated from her two yo(...)

“I think one of the things that the Irish State gave support to later in life such as free travel, TV licences, telephone, those sort of things, could extend to digital communication.” File photograph: Getty

Experts in geriatric health have called for a State subsidy and provisions to close the “digital divide” among older people after a UK study found fre(...)

Vitamin D deficiency is common in Ireland and is most prevalent with age, obesity, in men, in ethnic minorities, in people with diabetes, hypertension and in nursing homes.

The Government should immediately change recommendations for vitamin D supplements as a matter of urgency by urging all adults to take them during the(...)

Researcher Padraig Maher of the NUI Galway Inspire team demonstrates a new CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) hood developed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Funding for 26 Covid-19 research projects following from “hundreds of ideas” by Ireland’s top scientists have been backed by the Government, as third-(...)

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin examined data relating to people aged more than 70 as care-givers, childminders and active members of society, and considered the economic impact of their potential lack of social interaction during the pandemic. Image: iStock.

A report on the economic and social value of Ireland’s older population has been published due to concerns over a rise of ageist attitudes relating to(...)

Five low-risk lifestyle factors were then measured in each – never smoking, healthy weight, at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity, moderate alcohol intake, and a good diet. Photograph: iStock

Those who stick to healthy lifestyles can expect up to ten extra disease-free years of life, according to a major new study. While the benefits of a (...)

If you really have to have that burger, you could still get beneficial effects in your cells by exercising regularly. Photograph: iStock

That burger you’re eating? Put it down. Slowly. No, it won’t kill you, but still, put it down. That’s it. Good. Now you might live a bit longer. It (...)

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