An Italian doctor, Dr Daniele Volpe, has found that participating in Irish set dancing on a weekly basis for 6 months improved the mobility, gait and quality of life for a group of 24 Italian patients with Parkinson’s disease. So on with the dancing shoes…. Click here for more information.
We’ve just finished filming our video for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing Award Ceremony on July 1st. A big thank you to Billy Cummings of Dog Day Media for making it so easy. www.dogdaymedia.com
K-CoRD were delighted to welcome Andrew MacFarlane of the CASALA centre to Kinsale yesterday to discuss the use of assistive technologies in helping to enhance longer living in smarter places. The picture shows Elizabeth Creed, Micheál Hynes, Ann Twomey, Deirdre Cullen, Mary Sammon, of the K-CoRD Assistive Technology Subgroup and Andrew MacFarlane of CASALA, the Centre for Affective Solutions for Ambient Living Awareness. CASALA is based in the Dundalk Institute of Technology Campus and collaborates and engages with industry, care givers and older people to help deliver timely assistance and quality care in the home and the community through technology advances. http://www.casala.ie/
COLLAGE are delighted to announce that UCC School of Pharmacy’s “Health Literacy Initiatives to Empower Patients and Improve Medication Adherence” project has been invited to join the EIP AHA’s Specific Action group on Prescription and Adherence to Treatment (A1). This project, which is lead by Dr Suzanne McCarthy and Dr Laura Sahm, aims to develop health literacy supports for pharmacists, which will standardize prescription instructions and provide explicit information in plain language to support patients in correctly dosing their medicine over the course of a day. For more information on this initiative, click here. To view the EIP AHA’s Specific Action Plan on Prescription and Adherence to Treatment (A1), click here.
Call For Abstracts 2013 The Irish Gerontological Society’s (IGS) Annual and Scientific Meeting themed ”TOWARDS AN AGE-FRIENDLY FUTURE” will be held at Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin Friday 20th – Saturday 21st September 2013. The meeting is being held by the IGS in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland/Beaumont Hospital. Building on the huge success and diversity of last year’s submissions, the Irish Gerontological Society is actively encouraging participation in this meeting from clinicians, practitioners, academics, researchers and students working in all fields of ageing. Quantitative and qualitative research submissions covering all spectrums of ageing within the pillars of gerontology, social, psychology, biology of ageing and health/clinical are welcome. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and must be submitted by Friday 31st May 2013. Details on how to submit your abstract are available here.
COLLAGE are delighted to be helping to represent the EIP AHA at their stand in the Exhibition Hall of eHealth Week from May 13th to 15th. Active and Healthy Ageing is a European Innovation Partnership, that aims to add 2 healthy years to the life of every European by 2020. There are currently 6 active action plans which can be viewed here. Representatives from the Action Groups will be speaking at eHealth week and will be present on the EIP AHA stand in Exhibition Hall. We look forward to meeting you there!
Today May 9th is Alzheimer’s Tea Day. Check out www.teaday.ie for more information.
Today, on World Malaria Day, COLLAGE would like to highlight the work of the Health Information System’s Research Centre (HISRC), a partner in the COLLAGE group. The HISRC recently received Strategic Research Funding from University College Cork (UCC) to establish UCC’s first research and education centre in the developing world. This significant investment by UCC will contribute to improved health and social outcomes for communities in Malawi, Southern Africa by enhancing the quality of basic education and health. This forms part of UCC’s long term strategic committment to global development. The innovative initiative is being led by the Health Information Systems Research Centre (HISRC) in collaboration with the Centre for Global Development and the College of Medicine and Health at University College Cork. UCC’s new research and education centre will be based in Mzuzu, Northern Malawi. This internationally unique centre will focus on primary healthcare issues with initial focus on maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS and conditions such as diarrhoea and malaria. The centre will work with a view to developing sustainable healthcare, education and IT/IS initiatives in collaboration with a number of partner organistions in Malawi such as Mzuzu University, and two local NGO’s Ungweru and Luke International Norway. Dr. John O’Donoghue and Dr. Rosarii Griffin conducted the first site visit to Mzuzu University in January 2013 to begin work on UCC’s new research and education centre at Mzuni. Updates on the design and contruction of the building will be posted here periodically. See http://www.ucc.ie/en/hisrc/ for more details on their work. Here are links to 2 talks given recently by members of the HISRC at the second TEDxUCC event: Dr Joe Gallagher on “How do we get healthcare to where it is needed?” And Simon Woodworth on “Healthcare for Sub-Saharan Africa”
The “Frailty in Old Age, A Public Health Concern at EU Level” conference went ahead in Brussels on the 18th of April. Dr Rónán O’Caoimh (on behalf of the COLLAGE team) alongside Professor Bernabei, presented and fielded questions on risk factors,diagnosis and prevention of frailty. The CARTS study was discussed as part of this. CARTS was also mentioned by EU Commissioner Borg as an exemplar programme with the EIP on AHA, in his opening address to the conference. In addition, the Irish Minister for State for older people, Kathleen Lynch TD, highlighted the importance of research being carried out by the COLLAGE team. The conference allowed COLLAGE to discuss research plans with its EIP on AHA partners, UNIFAI and CENTICH. A paper detailing the proceedings of the conference will be published by the European Commission.
The Louth Cork connection was evident again this weekend when representatives from Fitzpatrick’s Bar and Restaurant in Carlingford came to County Cork for the annual Kinsale Chowder Festival. In keeping with County Louth’s Age Friendly Status, Fitzpatrick’s offers a discounted seniors menu. All 32 counties and Kinsale’s twin, Newport Rhode Island, sent representatives, and the competition was strong. In the end Louth was voted a fabulous second out of 33. Well done for flying the Louth flag and strengthening our connections. Earlier this year Rodd Bond and Mary Deery visited us in Kinsale from County Louth to discuss how Kinsale Community Response to Dementia (K-CoRD) could learn from the Louth Age Friendly County Initiative’s experience. Together we are stronger!