Category Archives: Health

Age in statistics

An overview of Northern Ireland’s older population and the expected future demographic trends. Life expectancy at birth in Northern Ireland stood at 77.1 years for men and 81.5 years for women in...

Dealing with dementia

Northern Ireland’s first dementia strategy explains how a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the condition, but progress is slow. Progress on tackling dementia is being held up by a lack of...

Critical time for social care

Transforming Your Care (TYC) and the forthcoming discussion paper from DHSSPS on adult social care and support, provide us with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape care services and ensure that service users...

Ending mixed-gender wards

Pressure is mounting for an end to mixed-gender wards in hospitals.  Inconsistent policy is resulting in some patients receiving less dignity and privacy than others.  The Health Service will focus on ending...

Defining disability

An overview of how disabilities are defined and the main legal protections for people living with them. The Disability Discrimination Act, introduced by John Major’s Government in 1995, remains the main law...

Draft disability strategy

A draft disability strategy agreed by the Executive contains 16 priorities for improving disabled people’s lives but is falling behind schedule. A strategy aimed at helping disabled people to contribute to and...