More global spending on health, but people are still paying too much

Spending on health is growing faster than the rest of the global economy, accounting for 10% of global gross domestic product (GDP). A new report on global health expenditure from WHO reveals a swift upward trajectory of global health spending.

Governments provide an average of 51% of a country’s health spending, while more than 35% of health spending per country comes from out-of-pocket expenses. One consequence of this is 100 million people pushed into extreme poverty each year. However, reliance on out-of-pocket expenses is slowly declining around the world

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How a Cup of Coffee a Day can help Protect against Cancer and promote a Healthy Liver

See article click here

Majority of people with dementia struggling to eat properly at mealtimes

Launching a new patient, family and carers information booklet on Eating Well with Dementia were: Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Head of Advocacy and Public Affairs, Tina Leonard; Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly and Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition, Head of Public and Strategic Affairs, Fiona Rafferty.

Majority of people with dementia struggling to eat properly at mealtimes

58% forgetting to eat; 54% forgetting they have eaten and eat again; 51% not finishing meals; and 36% too tired to eat

New booklet to help people with dementia eat well.


See Active Link web page.


Top tips for eating well with dementia:

  • Keep the table setting simple
  • Establish a routine
  • Distinguish food from plate
  • Company at mealtime
  • Familiarity is important
  • Be flexible around food choices
  • Allow sufficient time
  • Be flexible to food preferences
  • Don’t worry about neatness
  • Using finger food.



How to stay Young

Institute of Public Health


The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) promotes cooperation for public health between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland by:

  • strengthening public health intelligence;
  • building public health capacity;
  • policy and programme development and evaluation


See Ageing Research and Development Page.

WHO Ageing

   Click on The Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health

On May 26, 2016, member states adopted the Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health 2016-2020 at the 69th World Health Assembly. The Strategy outlines a set of goals and strategic objectives to move towards a decade of Healthy Ageing beginning in 2020, and an action plan to achieve those goal

Time on our hands.

Ageing Well

It is important as we get older to stay  physically active and socially involved with family ,friends and the Community.

Many older people  are actively involved with the Community.


                          Feeling secure
In general Ireland is perceived as safe: 88% believe that their town or village is a secure place to live. This is a positive trend but still leaves over one in ten feeling that Ireland, their town, village or their neighbourhood is an unsafe place to live.
see.   Vital Signs

Trinity Research Confirms Your as Old as you feel.

8 Things that nobody tells you about growing older

See the Journal Article.



Wish List For the over 65 years

Irish Independant.


People over 65 will not settle for a quiet retirement but intend to tick off an ambitious wish list before they die, according to a new survey.



Hello Brain


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Older People and Falls

                 The risk of falling increases with age. One in three older people fall every year and two-thirds of them fall again within six months.

                              Falls can be predicted and prevented.

1. Eye Test.

2. Clear the Clutter.

3. Good grips on soles  of shoes.

4. Shower mats.

5. A Social Alarm. ( Early intervention can prevent further medical complications)



Fall detector


If the person is inclined to forget to press the panic button when he or she falls. The Fall Detector will  automically send a signal  when it detects the person has fallen via the CareLink base unit

Irish DNA research may help defeat motor neurone disease.