“That all four grandparents had dementia mattered not a whit to us as children.”

As a child I was fortunate to experience a wide range of older people. That all four grandparents had dementia mattered not a whit to us as children. (...)

 Gerard Finn, who died from Alzheimer’s disease after spending many years in a nursing home, with his daughters Sharon and Lourda, who is holding her son Fionn, in October 2006. Photograph copied by Liam Burke/Press 22.

‘It’s easier to dope up a patient like he doesn’t exist’ Something was happening to Lourda Finn’s father. A few months after being admitted into a nu(...)

Up to one-in-three residents in some Irish nursing homes are being administered psychotropic medication, based on previously unreleased pharmacy records and new research. Photograph: The Irish Times

Thousands of older people in nursing homes are being administered powerful sedatives to subdue challenging behaviour. Most of these psychotropi(...)