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TILDA report to inform demographics for over 50s in Ireland for COVID-19 crisis

TILDA is a Longitudinal Study on Ageing, which at wave 1 represented 1:156 people aged 50 and older in Ireland. TILDA collects detailed subjective and objective measures of health, social circumstances and economics every two years. Core objective health measures are collected at each wave with more detailed health assessments at alternate data sweeps. Participation response rates at wave 1 were 62%. Wave 1 commenced in 2009; wave 5 in 2018.

To assist with planning for COVID-19 we have analysed the following to identify numbers in at-risk cohorts based on extant international data for at-risk groups i.e. frailty, pre frailty; cardiovascular and chronic conditions; comorbidities; possible at- risk CVD and anti-inflammatory medications*; and living/household circumstances (social isolation) including grandparenting; community social care and health service utilisation.

The full report is available here.