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August 2009

Evidence-Based Options for an Oral Health Policy for Older People
Helen Whelton, Virginia Kelleher, Tara Crowley, Noel Woods, Ian Stephenson and Mary Ormsby

This research, jointly sponsored by the NCAOP and the HRB and conducted by the Oral Health Services Research Centre UCC, examines the oral health status of older people, the factors affecting their utilisation of services and the constraints to service provision. The report recommendations aim to improve older people's access to oral health services. A combination of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies was adopted, involving survey questionnaires, focus group discussions and interviews with stakeholders, and a secondary analysis of national survey data. The resulting primary and secondary data as well as a literature review provide the evidence base for the report.

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Appendix 2 PDF document, link opens file in new window [948 KB];
Appendix 3 PDF document, link opens file in new window [1.5 MB];
Appendix 4 PDF document, link opens file in new window [532 KB].


January 2007
Report No. 96

The 2006 Healthy Ageing Conference: Nutrition and Older People in Residential and Community Care Settings. Conference Proceedings
Yvonne McGivern

This Conference highlighted the fact that a substantial number of older people in Ireland are likely to be at risk of malnutrition. It was emphasised that if left unrecognised and untreated, malnutrition can lead to early mortality, increased disability, increased need for health and social care services and a general reduction in quality of life.

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February 2006
Report No. 92

The 2004 Healthy Ageing Conference: Safety and Older People. Conference Proceedings
Yvonne McGivern

This Conference provided the opportunity to examine the issue of healthy ageing from the point of view of safety for older people. A major focus was the impact of the three main causes of unintentional injury and death among older people: falls, road traffic injuries, and fire and burns. International prevention strategies and examples of best practice from Ireland were discussed.

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December 2004
Report No. 80

The 2003 Healthy Ageing Conference. Conference Proceedings
Yvonne McGivern

This Conference, held to present the findings of report no. 77 and launch the Council's Healthy Ageing Database of health promotion initiatives, also provided an opportunity to consider models of best practice in health promotion for older people and criteria for future resource allocation, as well as providing a forum for an exchange of views on challenges in promoting the health of particularly vulnerable groups of older people.

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September 2004
Report No. 82

Older People in Ireland: A Profile of Health Status, Lifestyle and Socio-economic Factors from SLÁN
Frances Shiely and Cecily Kelleher

This report analyses the data provided by the older people who took part in the National Health and Lifestyle Surveys (SLÁN) of 1998 and 2002. It examines key health, lifestyle, socio-demographic and social status variables according to age, sex, education level, social class and medical card status, and provides up-to-date baseline information on a range of health and lifestyle issues affecting older people in Ireland.

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November 2003
Report No. 77

Healthy Ageing in Ireland: Policy, Practice and Evaluation
Eamon O'Shea

The aim of this report is to analyse the scale and direction of healthy ageing initiatives nationally. It also presents models of best practice in healthy ageing in terms of planning, operating and evaluating health promotion initiatives with older people, based on extensive consultation with stakeholders nationwide.

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December 1999
Report No. 59

What Works in Health Promotion for Older People in Ireland. Conference Proceedings

A cross-border conference entitled What Works in Health Promotion for Older People in Ireland was held in Dundalk, Co. Louth in 1999. The purpose of the conference was the pooling of experience and expertise in relation to health promotion initiatives for older people currently being implemented in Northern Ireland and in the Republic. The main focus was the identification of effective health promotion strategies and projects designed to achieve health gain and social gain for older people in both parts of the island. These proceedings give a comprehensive overview of the issues discussed at the conference. The report also details the issues which arose in the course of six parallel workshops held during the day. At each of these, two examples of best practice in health promotion in Northern Ireland and in the Republic were presented. Topics covered included participation in the arts, exercise, accident prevention and community development.

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December 1994
Report No. 39

Health and Autonomy Among the Over-65s in Ireland
Tony Fahy and Peter Murray

This report is an important contribution to the Council's work in promoting the health and autonomy of older people (see also Reports No. 26 and No. 32). It presents the findings of research on the health and well-being of older people based on a national survey of people over the age of 65. The report makes comparisons with the findings of earlier research in this area and gives an overview of levels and trends in mortality and life expectancy among older people.

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February 1994
Report No. 32

Measures to Promote the Health and Autonomy of Older People in Ireland. Conference Proceedings

This is a collection of papers from a two-day conference which presented and discussed the findings of Council publication No. 26, Measures to Promote Health and Autonomy for Older People: A Position Paper.

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September 1993
Report No. 26

Measures to Promote Health and Autonomy for Older People: A Position Paper
Cecily Kelleher

This position paper gives an overview of socio-demographic factors, health service utilisation, and attitudes and behaviour about ageing and health promotion strategies for older people. It discusses how a coherent health promotion policy might be shaped at central government, local government, community and individual level and makes suggestions for research, which would facilitate this process.

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