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Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# old age

This year
World's oldest known person dies aged 118
French nun Lucile Randon, born in 1904, survived Covid-19 last year and died peacefully in her sleep, a spokesman said.
All time
# Centenarian Bounty
Áras spending increases as more and more people turn 100 and receive €2,540 payment
A total of 481 Irish people received the Centenarian Bounty last year.
# old age
Life expectancy: Gap narrows between Irish men and women (but both are living longer than before)
The increase is attributed to reductions in major causes of death.
# Research
Number of elderly people with four or more diseases to double by 2035
A third of these people will be diagnosed with dementia, depression or a cognitive impairment.
# Research
Myth debunked: Age isn't a risk factor for complications after surgery among older patients
Instead, frailty, depressive symptoms, cognitive impairment and smoking were associated with postoperative complications.
# Social Protection
State pension bump of €5 being considered ahead of Budget 2018
An across-the-board increase is reportedly being considered.
# eat cookies
The secrets to long life from some of the oldest people in the world
What you put into your body has a big impact on longevity, it seems.
# Crime
Nursing home manager jailed for stealing €45,000 from vulnerable patient
Maeve Bell was sentenced to 15 months in prison today.
# Your Say
Poll: What's your biggest fear about growing older?
A campaign is encouraging people to reach out to their neighbours.
# going out
Going out tonight? People with busy social lives are more likely to stay healthy into old age
It helps to stay busy.
# sponsored by alone
8 things no one tells you about getting older
How much do you know about getting older?
# up and up
Life expectancy: Good news for Irish women (and not-too-bad news for Irish men)
We’re living longer. And longer.
# supercentenarians
Is the secret to a long life eating raw eggs and steak everyday?
That’s the diet of one of these two women, believed to be the only in the world born in the 1800s who are still alive.
# Memories
This 105-year-old woman told us where the Dublin nightlife hotspots were back in her day
She also spoke about what it was like for her during the 1916 Rising and the world wars.
# content
This 105-year-old Dublin woman told us her secrets to a long and healthy life
“I had a very happy life all the time.”
# Richard Overton
Oldest US veteran turns 109 (and still smokes like a trooper)
Richard Overton fought in World War II.
Misao Okawa lived through man's first flight, two world wars and the moon landing
Misao Okawa celebrated her 117th birthday just last month.
# Mental Health
Caring for a relative with dementia can make you depressed
A new study shows the benefit of learning coping strategies.
# Health
"Every minute counts." - Study shows why treating strokes immediately is vital
Outcomes are positive in 76% more cases if strokes are treated within three hours.
# don't be so cynical
A little cynicism may be healthy, but too much can lead to dementia
That’s what Finnish researchers say, if you believe them that is.
# Planning ahead
Do you feel weird talking about your own death? You shouldn't
A new study has found that, in a GP setting anyway, most people aren’t.
# Shirley and Moe
This 100-year-old woman's reflection on her late husband will make you cry
A heartwarming story for your Wednesday evening.
# Getting Older
Three-year-old finds out she's going to be four... and is totally devastated
We feel you, kid. We feel you.
# Social Protection
Ireland spends less of its social protection budget on old age benefit than anywhere in EU
The state has one of the highest spends on healthcare, however.
Column: Is loneliness in old age inevitable? Not in a caring society.
Everyone needs to feel wanted and remembered, but many older people are being left isolated because of rapid economic, social and technological changes, writes Anne Dempsey.
# memory loss
Too much red meat and iron supplements linked to Alzheimer's disease
A UCLA study shows that elevated levels of iron can damage brain tissue, contributing to the cause of the disease.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the retirement age of 65 be scrapped?
Workers are generally required to retire at the age of 65 – but a new opposition party Bill argues that this is discrimination based on age. What do you think?
Column: Lessons I learned from working with older people
The business of ageing is often framed in terms of the financial or physical wellbeing of ‘old’ people – Dominic Campbell says it’s a mistake to lump our seniors into these categories alone.