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Guest Lecture by Walter Bortz

Two recent Irish Times articles show that TILDA research has significance well beyond influencing policy and planning for an ageing population. Studying the health, economic status and quality of life of Ireland's over-50s has also demonstrated the long-lasting effects of childhood abuse and poverty on later life physical and mental health. The article cites Dr. Cathal McCrory of TILDA, who, speaking at a recent ESRI conference, emphasised the links between wellbeing in childhood and in later life and reported that higher risk childhood environments were associated with the earlier onset of disease in adults.

Link: Adverse events in childhood cast long shadow, conference hears (The Irish Times)

Link: Research shows the powerful impact of children’s early years on the rest of their lives (The Irish Times)