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Welcome to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)

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.

News & Events

November 2014

TILDA's Deirdre Robertson receives the Deirdre McMackin Memorial Medal

Congratulations to our very own Deirdre Robertson on receiving the Deirdre McMackin Memorial Medal at the recent Psychological Society of Ireland meeting.

Deirdre was awarded the medal for presenting of her paper on "The impact of poor perceptions of ageing on longitudinal cognitive decline".

To read more about Deirdre's achievement click here

MISA Annual Lecture

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

Migration Report

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

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October 2014

Insights from TILDA Presented to World Health Summit Leaders in Berlin

Professor Rose Anne KennyTrinity 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.

September 2014

CARDI announces five future leaders in ageing research

RIA New Members

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.

Positive Ageing Week 2014

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.

August 2014

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.

July 2014

Extensive Press Coverage of Obesity in an Ageing Society Report

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.

New TILDA Report on Obesity in Older Irish Adults Published

Obesity Report

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.

TILDA Data Used in Study of Alcohol Consumption in Older Irish Adults on Prescribed Medication

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.

May 2014

Professor Rose Anne Kenny is Honoured with Election to the Prestigious Royal Irish Academy

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. 

RIA New Members

TILDA Scientific Advisory Board Meeting

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 Research Awarded Best Poster Prize at EuroPRevent 2014 Conference

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.

April 2014

TILDA Data Used to Explore Impact of Economic Crisis on Older People's Health and Well-being

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.

TILDA Researcher Presents at Trinity Week Symposium on 'Happy Healthy Ageing'

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.

February 2014

Extensive Press Coverage of TILDA Wave 2 Key Findings Report

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.

January 2014

Second TILDA Key Findings Report Published

W2 ReportOn January 29th 2014, TILDA published its second key findings report, titled 'The Over 50s in a Changing Ireland: Economic Circumstances, Health and Well-Being'.

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.


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