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# Ageing

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Justine Bateman: 'Men’s older faces have always signified power, but for women that means a loss of power'
The US writer, producer and director shares an extract from her new book, Face: One Square Foot of Skin in which she explores the pressure on women to maintain their youthful looks.
# Health issues
Germany legend 'slowly passing to the afterlife'
Gerd Mueller suffers from dementia and lives in a specialised care home.
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Opinion: Clifden opened wounds, but we must resist the urge to lock down Irish life entirely
Consultant Geriatrician, Professor Rónán Collins says it’s more important to ‘add life to years’ than ‘add years to life’ and that Irish life must go on, despite Covid-19.
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Opinion: What can we learn from the Irish people who live to be 100?
Resilience, positivity and staying connected are the keys to longevity, writes Alison Fagan, who visited Ireland’s inspirational centenarians.
# Myanmar
Left to die at the side of a road - south east Asian country's ageing population leads to humanitarian crisis
Years of domestic turmoil and a health system in tatters has seen Myanmar abandoning its elderly to their fate.
# on the buses
Dublin adults over 10 times more likely to rely on public transport than those in rural areas
The report found that just one in 10 older adults in Ireland relied on public transport.
# forever young
Elderly South Korean cheerleaders offer glimpse of world's longest-living women
“Because I come here, I don’t need to take any medicine,” said 82-year-old Oh Geum-Nyu.
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Kate Beaufoy: 'Who cares about the carers? I was a fit fifty when I took on a job of care. I nearly cracked up'
Throughout the country, women in their sixties (an estimated 66% of unpaid caregivers are female) are bathing and dressing and feeding infant grandchildren and ageing parents, writes author Kate Beaufoy.
# health is wealth
'When I came in here I couldn't walk. Now I've just been told I can go home'
The Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing was launched today by Michael D Higgins at St James’s Hospital, Dublin.
# Bangladesh
Four-year-old boy being treated for mysterious ageing disease
Bayezid Shikdar’s illness makes him look like an old man, in addition to various other health problems.
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Men's health: Feel a mid-life crisis coming on? It's time for an action plan
Many men struggle to cope with the challenges presented by middle age, writes psychotherapist Karl Melvin.
# the slow cooker era
28 signs you're definitely past your early 20s
It literally you.
# warning
Think the health service is bad now? Doctors say it's going to get worse
Because people are living longer.
# meg ryan
Gossip websites tried to say Meg Ryan looked 'unrecognisable' and nobody is having it
Leave Meg alone!
Voices
It's official: I've found my first grey hair... The inevitable is happening.
It’s fair to say that I’ve developed a slight hang up about getting older.
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What has it really been like for older people during austerity?
The magnitude of the impact of the recession on older people is as diverse as the ageing population itself.
# Cheeky
These Irish kids' definitions of 'old' will depress you
“Forty is kind of old.”
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Opinion: Age-ing or Sage-ing? It's time to focus on the positive aspects of getting older
Disempowering attitudes towards ageing are pervasive in our culture, leading to the more positive dimensions of ageing getting lost.
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Opinion: Losing a parent to dementia requires a unique form of emotional stamina
Every time you see them, you grieve a little bit more, but you never, ever show it.
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Opinion: Ageism is far too prevalent, we need a cultural shift in how older people are perceived
Older adults are too often seen as ‘burden’ rather than people who helped build societies and economies.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you discussed your final wishes with your family?
A new initiative is encouraging people to do so.
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Opinion: We have made no preparations for our ageing population
Ireland’s population is growing older and living longer – and the reality is we are not prepared for the fallout.
# Obesity
80% of Irish over 50s are overweight
The study, led by Trinity College, found that Irish men are on par with Americans when it comes to obesity.
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Opinion: Older people and Gaeilgeoirí are right to be indignant – this Cabinet doesn't care about them
The new Gaeltacht minister isn’t fluent in Irish and the de-prioritisation of older people’s issues has been rubber-stamped; whole sections of society are being disenfranchised.
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Opinion: Would you know if an older relative, friend or neighbour was being abused?
Despite the caring, protective, respectful attitude Irish society likes to think it has towards older people, elder abuse is widespread.
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Opinion: How we deal with illness and ageing is painfully outdated
Our current model of healthcare was developed to deal with a very different world: one in which people did not survive long into old age and acute illness was the main cause of death.
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Column: Let's change the language we use about older age
A sharp contrast exists between public and private representations of ageing – and the reality of later life is often misrepresented, writes Prof Thomas Scharf.
# Getting Older
Three-year-old finds out she's going to be four... and is totally devastated
We feel you, kid. We feel you.
# Ageing
'Not enough nursing home beds to meet demand and it's only going to get worse'
Tadgh Daly, CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland said in the next seven years, the population over 85 will grow by 46 per cent.
# Modern Life
The 'sandwich generation': Large number of women supporting their adult children and elderly parents
The majority of Irish women aged 50-69 with children and living parents are providing care to both groups, a new study shows.
# Older People
Ireland is the 12th best place in the world in which to grow old
The country receives a high ranking in the category that measures social connections and physical safety, but fares less well for ‘employment and education’.
# Ageing
Want to have your say about growing old in Ireland?
An audience of up to 100 older people will have their say on the question ‘Are we minding an ageing population?’ tonight.
# fountain of youth
How lifestyle changes can reverse ageing
Fancy stopping Father Time? Eat your greens and meditate, researchers say.
# Ageing
Mental performance of people aged in their nineties 'improving'
Human beings are not only living longer, but are also enjoying a better quality of cognitive abilities into older age, a new study into mental performance in the elderly has found.
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Column: We need to make our society and cities age-friendly
Let’s move on from the twentieth century, where older people were thought of as dependents. Older people can – and must — contribute to economic growth, writes Michael Hodin.
# bad hip
New EU-funded device detects when a pensioner has a bad fall
Around 20 per cent of elderly people receive hospital care every year after a fall.
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Column: Without planning the dream of retirement can turn into a nightmare
You may have planned your finances down to the last cent – but have you considered the psychological impact of never going to work again? It’s harder to adjust than you might think, writes …
# Ageing
'Alarmist' concerns about an ageing society do not justify welfare cuts
A series of papers on Europe was launched by the Lancent Medical Journal this week. It also found a growing disparity between male life expectancy in eastern and western Europe.
# Ageing
Concern for elderly health over budget cuts
Older people are more likely to spend more nights in hospital and to visit the GP, a TILDA study found.
# Ageing
Why older people struggle to read fine print - study
Older adults rely more on holistic cues, such as word shape, when reading.