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Irish Gerontological Society Public Lecture: Reopening Ireland after COVID

This afternoon, The Irish Gerontological Society (IGS) held an informative lecture, open to members of the public, to address the issues concerning "Reopening Ireland after COVID-19 - Vaccines, Variants, Lifestyle Behaviours and Communities."

President of the IGS, Professor Rose Anne Kenny and key speakers shared insight on opportunites and challenges as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the latest health advice on how to live well to ensure healthy ageing.

In addition to informing the public on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, lifestyle factors and new variants, Professor Kenny shared key research behind the science of friendship, and the impact of social engagement on health. She also shared research from TILDA, highlighting the importance of social interaction and friendships for healthy ageing, and the negative impact that social isolation and loneliness has on our health.

Professor of Comparative Immunology, Prof. Cliona O'Farrelly provided an excellent account detailing how viruses work, a thorough comparison of the COVID-19 vaccines available,and explained how vaccines work to stimulate an adaptive immune response in our bodies.

For detailed information on the event, please visit the Irish Gerontological website here.

Please watch the video below.