Age, income and food: a study of the socio-economic influences on food expenditure among community-dwelling older people in Ireland

CARDI Involvement
CARDI grant programme


  • Dr Ian Shuttleworth, Queen's University Belfast
  • Dr Siobhan Cusack, University College Cork
  • Ms Teresa Wills, University College Cork
  • Dr Caitríona Ní Laoire, University College Cork


  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland

Project Lead

Ms Eleanor Bantry White, University College Cork



Funding source

CARDI - Data Mining


2010 / 2011



Last updated

26th September 2013
Poor diet among older people is an important public health issue, particularly as malnutrition contributes to increased morbidity and mortality. 

Research suggests that older adults are particularly vulnerable to a compromised nutritional intake due to a range of physical, economic and social factors which influence food access, choice and behaviour. As a result, CARDI funded a study on demographic and socio-economic influences on food expenditure as part of its data mining programme in 2011. 

The resulting report seeks to contribute to the emerging evidence base on food poverty and diet in older Irish people. It examines the demographic and socio-economic influences on food expenditure in the older populations in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (ROI). 

Read the CARDI research brief here.