The Interim CEO of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH), Professor Roger O’Sullivan, says that loneliness is a key public health issue. Professor O’Sullivan – a member of the Taskforce on Loneliness – was speaking after the launch of the Taskforce’s report, which took place today in Dublin.
IPH’s web-based research resource on dementia --- www.dementiaresearch.ie – has been significantly updated to include material spanning the years 2010 to 2017.
The original website – launched in mid-2016 – provided a summary of data, literature and policy related to dementia across the island of Ireland between January 2010 and December 2014.
Participants included Beeson Scholars, CARDI Fellows, mentors and invited guests and the event took place on 28 and 29 November.
IPH submission to recent Citizens’ Assembly meeting: ‘How we respond to the Challenges and Opportunities of an Ageing Population’
The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) submitted the below response to the recent Citizens’ Assembly meeting (10 June 2017) on ‘How we respond to the Challenges and Opportunities of an Ageing Population’.
The IPH response was as follows:
Challenges and Opportunities of an Ageing Population
Beard and Bloom writing in the Lancet in 2015 stated:
It is estimated that there are more than 60,000 people living on the island of Ireland with dementia. This is set to rise because people are living much longer and has been identified by the World Health Organization as a public health priority. A diagnosis of dementia can often include feelings of fear and isolation.
IPH work in dementia includes:
The staff and Board of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland are deeply saddened by the passing of their colleague Paul McGill.
Paul previously worked with the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland and prior to that for the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action.
He was a graduate in law from Queen’s University Belfast and spent many years as a journalist covering education, mainly for the Irish Times, Belfast Telegraph, Guardian and the Times Education Supplement.
Loneliness can have a significant impact on the physical and mental health of older people and is of increasing concern for public health says a new report from the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH). The research suggests that approximately 10% of older people are affected by chronic or persistent loneliness.