The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) is a large-scale, nationally representative, longitudinal study on ageing in Ireland, the overarching aim of which is to make Ireland the best place in the world to grow old.
TILDA collects information on all aspects of health, economic and social circumstances from people aged 50 and over in a series of data collection waves once every two years. TILDA is unique amongst longitudinal studies in the breadth of physical, mental health and cognitive measures collected. This data, together with the extensive social and economic data, makes TILDA one of the most comprehensive research studies of its kind both in Europe and internationally.
International Studies & Networks
- Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing
- Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Ageing and Well Being
- Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging
- China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study
- English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
- Health and Retirement Study
- Japanese Study of Aging and Retirement
- Korean Longitudinal Study of Ageing
- Longitudinal Ageing Study in India
- Mexican Health and Aging Study
- Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe
- Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies of Aging
News & Events
TILDA Wave 2 Data
The Wave 2 data from TILDA are now available from the Irish Social Science Data Archive at UCD: https://www.ucd.ie/issda/data/tilda/
An updated version of the Wave 1 data is also available from ISSDA, along with new release notes for each wave.
You can now also find the study documents to accompany the TILDA waves on our website. Please click here for the links to download them.
TILDA Study on High Blood Pressure Finds High Prevalence, Low Awareness and Treatment Disparities
Research led by Dr. Catriona Murphy (HRB ICE Research Fellow) of TILDA estimates that 64% of the over 50s in Ireland have high blood pressure, a leading cause of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and premature death and disability. Almost half of those with high blood pressure were unaware of their condition. The study also revealed that almost half of those who were on medication to control blood pressure did not have their blood pressure controlled to normal levels.
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Dr. Cathal McCrory, In the Psychologists' Chair - 23rd April, NCI
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TILDA Fluoride Study featured in the New York Times
A TILDA study looking at Water Fluoridation, Oral Status and Bone Health of Older People in Ireland led by Dr. Vincent O'Sullivan and Professor Brian O'Connell has been covered in the New York Times.
BGS Rising Star Award
Congratulations to Dr. Roman Romero-Ortuno, an affiliated researcher with TILDA, who has been awarded the BGS Rising Star Award 2015. This award recognises individuals who have made a significant impact in the healthcare of older people, beyond what would normally be expected at that stage of their career.
New TILDA Research Brief - Water Fluoridation, Oral Status and Bone Health of Older People in Ireland
Research led by Dr Vincent O'Sullivan, (formerly of TILDA, now based in the University of Lancaster) and Professor Brian O'Connell, of the School of Dental Science in Trinity College Dublin has found a positive relationship between higher levels of water fluoridation and oral health, among older people in Ireland.
The TILDA data showed that adults living in
areas with greater water fluoridation were more likely to have maintained their natural teeth.
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New CARDI funded research using TILDA Data: Vulnerable older people at greater risk from inequalities in health behaviours
New CARDI funded research, using TILDA data and data from Northern Ireland, has shown that older people on lower incomes and living in deprived areas across the island of Ireland have considerably worse health than better off people of the same age, according to a study by researchers from Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.
This may be linked to differences in health behaviours, especially smoking and physical inactivity. The research, led by Dr Eibhlin Hudson and funded by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI), explores these differences by analysing existing datasets in Ireland, North and South. The findings show that older people on low incomes are more likely to smoke and have insufficient exercise. In contrast regular alcohol consumption is more common among those on high incomes.
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The project which received funding from the Horizon 2020 Programme will examine the social disparities in health ageing and the effect of the economic recession on health and biology of ageing, using data from TILDA and the Growing up in Ireland longitudinal studies.
A European team including Trinity College Dublin researchers Professor Richard Layte from the Department of Sociology and Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Principal Investigator of TILDA have just been awarded 6 million euros in funding under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for a new project called LIFEPATH.
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Research led by Dr Anne Nolan of TILDA shows that public healthcare entitlements are an important determinant of GP visiting patterns among the over 50s.
A new Research Brief released by TILDA today (23rd December 2014) summarises the findings from a paper recently published in the Journal of the Economics of Ageing. The research examined the impact of having a medical or GP visit card, as well as private health insurance, on GP visiting rates among the over 50s. The results show that, in comparison with those with ‘no cover’ for GP expenses (i.e., without a medical card or private health insurance):
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Research lead by Dr. Orna Donoghue of TILDA shows that older adults with poor self-rated vision were more likely to report fear of falling and fear-related activity restriction.
A new Research Brief released by TILDA today (10th Dec. 2014) details the findings from two TILDA papers previously published; examining whether fear of falling affects walking patterns ansd if visual impairment is associated with fear of falling, and if so, how does this affect mobility in people with fear of falling. Data from the first wave of TILDA was used, providing a unique opportunity to examine fear of falling and mobility in a nationally representative sample of community-dwelling older Irish adults. These papers focus on those aged 65 and over - the group most at risk for falls and disability
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Deirdre was awarded the medal for presenting of her paper on "The impact of poor perceptions of ageing on longitudinal cognitive decline".
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The 2014 Mercer's Insititute for Successful Ageing Annual Lecture will take place on Thursday November 27th in the Durkan Lecture Theatre. The lecture is titled "The five horsemen of Cognitive Reserve - How environments delay dementia" and will be presented by Professor Ian Robertson.
For more details about the event, please download the event poster here.
New TILDA Report on the Emigration of Adult Children and the Mental Health of their Parents Published
A new report by The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), led by Trinity College Dublin, has shown that the mental health of mothers suffered as a consequence of the emigration of their children during the recession. The study showed that mothers experienced increased depressive symptoms and greater loneliness than mothers whose children did not emigrate. The researchers found, however, that with the exception of fathers aged over 65, fathers did not suffer an equivalent decline in mental health following the emigration of one or more of their children
Trinity College Professor Rose Anne Kenny has been invited to present insights from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at the World Health Summit 2014 in Berlin this week. The World Health Summit is the annual conference of the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities, and Academies of Sciences, which brings together decision-makers from 80 countries to discuss pressing issues facing healthcare systems.
Rose Anne will join an international team which includes Professor Elio Riboli (Imperial College London), Ambassador Michael Gerber (Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development, Switzerland), Professor Lefkos Middleton (Imperial College London) and Professor John-Arne Rottingen (Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government) for the keynote address on Universal Health Coverage, October 21st from 14.00-15.30pm (GMT +2). The Summit features a live-stream feature for all keynote lectures and symposium: http://www.worldhealthsummit.org/livestream.html.
The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland has announced the appointment of five post-doctoral Fellows in a £1million investment to develop future leaders in research on ageing and older people. The CARDI Fellows, four at Queen’s University Belfast and one at Trinity College Dublin, will carry out research over the next three years into ageing issues with the aim of improving the lives of older people across the island of Ireland.
Age Action are delighted to launch Positive Ageing Week 2014. It runs from 1st of October to mark the UN International Day of Older Persons to 9th of October to mark World Sight Day.
New ESRI/TCD Research Shows the Long-Term Economic Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) on Survivors
Using data from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), researchers at the ESRI and TCD find that male survivors of CSA are three times more likely to be out of the labour force due to sickness/disability compared to other men.
The new TILDA report 'Obesity in an Ageing Society' has received widespread coverage in the press. Numerous articles have appeared in both print and online media and the report has also been covered extensively by national and local broadcast media.
A new TILDA report published on 18th July shows that nearly four out of five adults over the age of 50 are overweight or obese and a similar proportion has an ‘increased’ or ‘substantially increased’ waist circumference. This means that just one fifth of the over 50s have a normal BMI or waist circumference. The report, titled Obesity in an Ageing Society, highlights the increased health risks and health services burden in older adults due to high rates of obesity.
A new study from RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)'s School of Pharmacy, led by Dr Gráinne Cousins and using TILDA data, has found that 60% of older Irish adults taking prescribed medications which have the potential to interact with alcohol, still regularly consume alcohol during the course of their prescription.
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to ageing research in Ireland and internationally, Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Principal Investigator and founder of TILDA, has been honoured with membership of the Royal Irish Academy. Membership of the Royal Irish Academy is the highest academic honour in Ireland and a public recognition of academic achievement.
The TILDA research team and affiliated researchers presented to members of the TILDA Scientific Advisory Board and other guests during a two-day event held at Trinity College, Dublin, on 15th-16th May.
TILDA Researcher Dr. Catriona Murphy was awarded a prize for best poster at the EuroPRevent 2014 conference in Amsterdam. The conference theme was Global Cardiovascular Health and the research presented used TILDA interview and health assessment data to examine the gap between evidence-based guidelines and clinical practice in lipid modification in adults at high risk of cardiovascular disease mortality.
A new ESRI Research Bulletin, authored by TILDA Economics Principal Investigator Professor Alan Barrett and Research Fellow Dr Vincent O'Sullivan, uses data from waves 1 and 2 of the TILDA study to explore the impact of the economic crisis on the health and well-being of Ireland's Over-50s.
The Faculty of Health Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, hosted this year’s programme of events for Trinity Week on the theme of The Science of Happiness, which was open to public participation. TILDA Research Fellow Dr Cathal McCrory presented on Thursday 10th April at the 'Happy Healthy Ageing' Symposium.
Since the official media launch on January 29th 2014, the publication of the new TILDA Key Findings Report, 'The Over 50s in a Changing Ireland: Economic Circumstances, Health and Well-Being', has received extensive coverage across print, broadcast and online media.
The report uses data from the second wave of TILDA data collection, which lasted from April 2012 to January 2013, to examine how the lives of the over 50s in Ireland have changed since the first wave in 2010.