Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, T.D., today launched the report on the findings of the Department of Health’s public consultation on home-care services. The consultation, which opened on 6th July 2017 and closed on 2nd October 2017, was undertaken to inform the development of a statutory scheme and system of regulation for home-care services. Over 2,600 responses were received from individuals and stakeholder-organisations. The report on the findings of the public consultation was prepared by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland.
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.
Inside this issue
- Dr Elizabeth Mitchell retires
- IPH Open Conference 2016 - presentations and photos available
- IPH Annual Open Access Event - presentations and photos available
One in 10 older people experience chronic loneliness
Chronic loneliness can have a negative impact on your health according to experts speaking at a public health seminar on loneliness and older people in Belfast later today. It will highlight how loneliness can affect people of any age with chronic loneliness affecting about 10% of older people.
IPH and the Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Ulster University, held a seminar on 6 December, in the Clayton Hotel, Belfast on the theme of Loneliness & Ageing - A Public Health Issue.
Audio and slides from the seminar are available below: