Advancing Years, Different Challenges: Wave 2 IDs-TILDA, Findings on the ageing of people with an intellectual disability

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20th October 2014, IDS TILDA

IDS TILDA

Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality & Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch recently (Oct 1 2014) launched the report of the second wave of the Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA) 'Advancing Years, Different Challenges: Wave 2 IDs-TILDA, Findings on the ageing of people with an intellectual disability'.

The report highlights the complex and unique health and social challenges facing people with ID in Ireland. Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences in Trinity and Principal Investigator of IDS-TILDA, Professor Mary McCarron said: “This is the first time in history we have ever had a population of people with an intellectual disability who have reached old age and this is something that we should celebrate. However, there are a number of very serious health concerns that we need to better understand in this population. Unless we can address some of these challenges older people with ID are likely to live a poor quality of life as they grow older and ageing in poor health is an empty prize.” Read more here.