Taoiseach to Open World's Largest Conference on Older People


On Thursday morning at 9.30am the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD will open the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG) Conference at the National Convention Centre in Dublin [April 23rd 2015].

An ageing population is one of the success stories of modern society. Medical advances, improved diet and living conditions and better healthcare have resulted in the rapid growth of older people. Worldwide, some one million people pass the sixty-year-old threshold every month.

By 2041, nearly one-quarter of Ireland’s population will be over 65 years old. We are celebrating this trend with Europe’s biggest congress on ageing being held in Dublin next month (April 23-26) at the Conference Centre in Dublin. Themed on ‘Unlocking the Demographic Dividend’, this is the largest meeting on ageing in Europe in this decade and the world's biggest in 2015.

Over 1,260 research submissions from 58 countries will be presented while 30 top-level specialists on gerontology and geriatrics will give key-note addresses over the four days. The event is hosted by the Irish Gerontological Society (IGS) which was founded in 1951, making it one of the earliest specialist groups researching ageing and promoting positive health in the world.

Below are some of the interesting topics being discussed over the four days. If you would like to follow-up any of these angles or send a representative/photographer please contact:

Mo Flynn, (IGS President) at Tel: + 353 (0)86-604.0308,  e-mail: president@irishgerontology.com

Des O’Neill, (Chair IAGG-ER 8th Congress Local Organising Committee) at Tel: + 353 (0)86-826.0414,      e-mail: doneill@tcd.ie

Event Website: http://www.iaggdublin2015.org/index.html

IGS Website: http://www.irishgerontology.com/