News and Events
A new ESRI Research Bulletin uses TILDA and SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe) data to explore the impact of the economic crisis on the health and well-being of Ireland's Over-50s. The bulletin, authored by TILDA Economics Principal Investigator Professor Alan Barrett (also head of the Economic Analysis Division at the ESRI) and TILDA Research Fellow Dr Vincent O'Sullivan, finds that despite a large fall in wealth for the over-50s in Ireland between 2006/7 and 2012/13, no significant deterioration in the group's average health or well-being is evident.
The findings have been discussed in the Irish print media and Professor Barrett has been interviewed on RTÉ Radio 1's Drivetime and Newstalk's Breakfast show. The results have also been published in Applied Economics Letters under the title The wealth, health and well-being of Ireland’s older people before and during the economic crisis.
Link: Professor Alan Barrett on RTÉ Radio 1's Drivetime (interview begins 01:50:30)
Link: Professor Alan Barrett on Newstalk's Breakfast show (interview begins 49:45)
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. Dr McCrory spoke on ‘Life Satisfaction and Quality of Life among Older People in Ireland: Findings from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)’ and discussed how evidence emerging from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) has contributed to our understanding of the way in which quality of life changes over the age span, and how quality of life in mid-life and older ages is shaped by health, wealth, and the social environment.
Job Opportunities at TILDA
TILDA is currently recruiting research nurses for our Wave 3 Health Assessments. An opportunity also exists for a labour economist to join the research team. Please see our vacancies page for more details.
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. TILDA Prinicpal Investigator, Professor Rose Anne Kenny has been interviewed about the report's findings on numerous programmes, including Newstalk radio, RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ One's Six One News.
On 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 of data collection in 2010. This was a period of considerable social and economic change in Ireland, dominated by the severe financial and economic crisis. Key findings demonstrate serious health challenges faced by older adults in Ireland such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, arthritis and problematic drinking. The over 50s however report a high quality of life, smoking prevalence has declined and incomes have remained stable. These findings will inform health and social policy and practice in Ireland with long-term benefit for our ageing society.
Chapter by chapter
- 1. Introduction (PDF)
Rose Anne Kenny and Ann Nolan
- 2. The Economic Well-Being of Over 50s and their Children (PDF)
Eibhlin Hudson, Irene Mosca and Vincent O'Sullivan
- 3. Changes in Physical and Behavioural Health in Older Irish Adults (PDF)
Ciaran Finucane, Joanne Feeney, Hugh Nolan and Claire O'Regan
- 4. Obesity and Health Outcomes in Older Irish Adults (PDF)
Siobhan Leahy, Orna Donoghue, Matthew O'Connell, Celia O'Hare and Hugh Nolan
- 5. Health and Social Care Utilisation (PDF)
Catriona Murphy, Patrick Moore, Sheena McHugh and Hugh Nolan
- 6.What Factors are Associated with Change in Older People's Quality of Life? (PDF)
Cathal McCrory, Siobhan Leahy and Christine McGarrigle
- 7. Methodology (PDF)
The report was officially launched on Wednesday 29th January 2014.
Launching the TILDA report: Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Mr. Paddy Clancy TILDA participant, Professor Charles Normand, Dr. Anne Nolan and Professor Alan Barrett
Authors of the TILDA Report (L-R): Dr. Celia O’Hare, Dr. Ciaran Finucane, Dr. Cara Dooley, Dr. Matthew O’Connell, Dr. Patrick Moore, Dr. Anne Nolan, Dr. Hugh Nolan, Dr. Claire O’Regan, Dr. Catriona Murphy, Dr. Christine McGarrigle, Dr. Vincent O’Sullivan, Dr. Siobhan Leahy, Dr. Joanne Feeney, Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Dr. Orna Donoghue, Dr. Cathal McCrory, Dr. Irene Mosca