Completed CARDI Grant Projects

CARDI has to date awarded funding to 30 completed research projects and networks through its grants programme. These projects cover a wide spectrum of research, reflecting the huge range of issues relevant to the ageing research agenda. They bring together researchers from many disciplines including medicine, gerontology, economics, psychology, physics, geography and sociology to work together in a cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary manner.

Details and results of the projects are available in this section.


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Fuel poverty and health

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Professor Patrick Goodman, Lecturer, School of Physics, Environmental Health Sciences Institute, Dublin Institute of Technology

Researchers: 

  • Dr Helen McAvoy, Senior Policy Officer, Institute of Public Health in Ireland
  • Frank Kee, Queen's Univeristy Belfast
  • Noelle Cotter, Institute of Public Health in Ireland
  • Eugene Monahan, Environmental Health, Dublin City Council
 
This project will produce an up-to-date profile of cold related mortality and morbidity among older people and a scientific profile of indoor temperatures and home heating behaviours of a sample of older people.
 

Objectives

 
To link data on cold-related deaths in Ireland north and south, identify factors associated with fuel poverty, measure indoor and outdoor temperatures and study the response of older people to cold weather.
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Healthy ageing in rural communities; an interdisciplinary cross-border research network

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Kieran Walsh, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway

Researchers: 

  • Professor Eamonn O'Shea and Dr Kieran Walsh, The Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway
  • Dr Michael Murray, Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning, Queen's University Belfast
  • Dr Sheelah Connolly, Centre for Clinical and Population Studies, Queen's University Belfast
  • Mr Mark Allen and Ms Caroline McGuire, Rural Community Network
  • Ms. Martina Gavin, FORUM, Rural Community Development Organisation
  • Dr John McDonagh, Department of Geography, NUI Galway.

Older people in Rural Communities: Exploring Attachment, Contribution and Diversity in Rural Ireland and Northern Ireland

 

Inequalities in Old Age: the impact of the recession on older people in Ireland, North and South

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Professor Paddy Hillyard, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, Queen’s University Belfast

Researchers: 

  • Professor Paddy Hillyard, Emeritus Professor Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr Maureen Lyons, Senior Researcher, School of Social Justice, University College Dublin
  • Dr Demi Patsios, Policy Research Consultant
  • Dr Francesca Lundstrom, Social Policy Consultant
  • Mr David Taylor, Chartered Accountant and Management Consultant
  • Ms Sarah Machniewsk, post-graduate student, Queen’s University Belfast
The purpose of the study was to analyse the impact of the recession on older people in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and the extent to which inequalities within the older population have been affected by the economic crisis.

Read the final report here.

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Is age a determining factor in the treatment of men with prostate cancer?

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Anna Gavin, Director, Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, Queen’s University Belfast

Researchers: 

  • NI Cancer Registry, School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences
    Queen's University Belfast
  • Dr Linda Sharp, Epidemiologist, National Cancer Registry Ireland
  • Mr Conan Donnelly, Statistician, Queen’s University Belfast on secondment from the NI Statistics and Research Agency
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Ireland, with 3,609 cases diagnosed in 2008. A new study funded by CARDI states that the rate is 12 times higher in men aged 70+ than in younger men; deaths from prostate cancer are 74 times higher for men aged 70+ than for those under 70.

The research, led by Dr Anna Gavin at the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, found that access to urologists and curative treatment has increased for all men since the mid-1990s. However older men are less likely to see a urologist or have radical treatment than younger men.

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Leading dance for older people - a community health network

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Sylvia O’Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in Physical Education, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

Researchers: 

  • Dr Jonathan Skinner, Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Queen’s University Belfast and Ms Mary Harkin, Manager, Age and Opportunity
  • Ms Anne Costelloe, Regional Public Health Nurse and Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Health Service Executive Limerick City
  • Ms Shirley O’Shea, Senior Health Promotion Officer, Health Service Executive Cork
  • Ms Sheelagh Broderick, Health Promoting Officer, Health Service Executive Southern Area
  • Ms Anne Knox, Community Facilitator, Vocational Education Committee Ennis
  • Ms Sabrina Lynn, Southern Area Physical Activity Co-ordinator, Southern Health and Social Care Trust
  • Dr Jenny Elliott, Dancer in Residence, ArtsCare at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Ms Philomena Gallagher, Community Development Officer, Age Concern Help the Aged NI
  • Dr Niamh Murphy and Ms Mary Cowman, Lecturers and Researchers, Centre for Health Behaviour Research, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Dr Mike Finneran, Head of Department of Arts Education and Physical Education and Ms Orflaith Ni Bhriain, Lecturer in Dance, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick
  • Ms Gwen Ryan, Project Manager, Limerick Southside and Northside Regeneration Agencies and Ms Carole McCarthy, Physical Activity Co-ordinator, Limerick City Sports Partnership
Dance and creative movement is a vital physical and mental aide to successful ageing among older people.  People who are physically active have longer average life spans than others who are sedentary and dance promotes social inclusion.
 

Objectives

 
To increase understanding of the relationship between physical activity, health and well-being among older people, to examine the role of leaders of dance in local communities and work towards a research proposal of dance and older people.
 
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Measuring age-related social exclusion in a cross-border context

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Kieran Walsh, National University of Ireland Galway

Researchers: 

  • Professor Tom Scharf, Social Gerontology, NUI Galway
  • Mr Padraic Ward, Health Economics, NUI Galway
  • Professor Vanessa Burholt, Social Gerontology, Swansea University
This project will identify indicators of social exclusion relating to material and financial resources; social relations; services, amenities and mobility; civic activities; space and place; and cultural aspects.

These will be used to construct a comparative analysis of social exclusion among older people in Ireland, north and south, and to investigate the feasibility of constructing a cross-border measure of age-related social exclusion.

Dr Walsh will be advised by an expert group from nine different countries. 

Multimorbidity and disability in the Irish population

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr George Savva, Trinity College Dublin

Researchers: 

  • Dr. George Savva, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, TCD
    (Principal Investigator)
  • Mark Hanly, The Irish Longitudinal Study onAgeing, TCD
  • Olga McDaid, Department of Health Policy and Management, TCD
  • Kathryn Richardson, The Irish Longitudinal Study onAgeing, TCD
  • Prof. RoseAnne Kenny, The Irish Longitudinal Study onAgeing, TCD
  • Prof. Frank Kee, The Centre for Public Health, QUBTrinity College Dublin
Multimorbidity is common in older people and is a fundamental determinant of quality of life and resource utilisation. This project will map the distribution of multimorbidity, test whether socio-economic factors affect the relationship between multimorbidity and limiting disability and whether these factors explain differences between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
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Older people’s views of support and services in response to elder abuse in communities across Ireland

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Emer Begley, Policy and Social Inclusion Officer, Age Action Ireland

Researchers: 

  • Dr Janet Carter-Anand, Lecturer and Associate Researcher, Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Campbell Killick, Research Officer, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
  • Dr Brian J Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Ulster
Cases of reported elder abuse in the Republic of Ireland doubled between 2006 and 2007 and, with population ageing, are expected to continue increasing. 

This all-Ireland research will look at how older people themselves see the problem of elder abuse and the support they need if they are victims.

Older Women Workers’ Access to Pensions: Vulnerabilities, perspectives and strategies

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Nata Duvvury, Co- Director, Global Women’s Studies Programme, National University of Ireland, Galway

Researchers: 

 
Dr Nata Duvvury - NUI Galway
Dr Áine Ní Léime - NUI Galway
Ms Aoife Callan - NUI Galway
Dr Linda Price - Queen’s University Belfast
Mr Mark Simpson - Queen’s University Belfast
Pension reform is today a key policy issue within Ireland, North and South, in the context of the current economic and financial crisis. Yet there is little discussion of the gender dimensions of these changes. 

This interdisciplinary study being carried out by researchers from NUIG and Queen’s University Belfast will examine the position of older women workers, rural and urban, focusing on their access to economic security, particularly pensions. 

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Physical activity and core depressive symptoms in the older Irish adult population

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Karen Morgan, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Researchers: 

  • Psychology
    Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Division of Population Health Sciences (Psychology)
    RCSI - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Professor Hannah McGee, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Dr Frank Doyle, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Rates of depression, and subsequent incidence of suicide, increase with age. An Irish review argued that older people are often sidelined in discussions on suicide and that there is a need for screening and aggressive treatment of depression, which is under-diagnosed in this group. One of the most under-used ways to reduce depression is through physical activity but physical activity levels for older people in Ireland are low.
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