CARDI Grant Projects

CARDI has to date awarded funding to 37 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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Multimorbidity and disability in the Irish population

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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

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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

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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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Rural transport for older people in the north and south – understanding and meeting their needs

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Aoife Ahern, University College Dublin, School of Architecture, Landscape and Civil Engineering

Researchers: 

  • Dr Aoife Ahern, School of Architecture, Landscape and Civil Engineering, University College Dublin
  • Professor Julian Hine, Centre for Property and Planning, Built Environment Research Institute, University of Ulster
  • Ms Emer Begley, Age Action Ireland

Rural transport for older people in Ireland, North and South – understanding and meeting their needs

This project, funded under Call 1 of CARDI’s Grants Programme and led by Dr Aoife Ahern, University College Dublin, examines the transport needs of vulnerable older people, especially in rural areas.

The aim of the project was to establish the current transport needs of older people in rural areas, and how these needs are being addressed.

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Social determinants of cognitive decline among Irish older adults

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Joanna McHugh
  • Centre for Public Health, QUB

Mentors: Professors Frank Kee, Brian Lawlor, Rose Anne Kenny and Ian Robertson

The focus of Dr Joanna McHugh's research as part of the CARDI Leadership Programme is the social determinants of cognitive decline among older adults in Ireland, North and South. It will examine the causal links between loneliness, social isolation and cognitive decline, and aims to reveal the mechanisms behind these links studying and comparing longitudinal Irish population studies, TILDA and NICOLA.

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Social Exclusion and Older People in Diverse Rural Communities

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Project Lead

Professor Eamon O’Shea, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland, Galway

Researchers: 

  • Dr Kieran Walsh, The Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland 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, National University of Ireland Galway
This will be the first study to address the important question: is rural Ireland a good place to grow old?

The project will be carried out by Healthy Ageing in Rural Communities Research Network (HARC) established with funding from CARDI’s Grants Call 1. It brings together multidisciplinary researchers from NUIG and Queen’s University Belfast with the Rural Community Network and FORUM Letterfrack.

Socio-economic deprivation and the risk of age-related cognitive dysfunction among older people

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Professor Helene McNulty, University of Ulster
  • Professor Adrian Moore, Health and Health Care Geography, University Ulster
  • Dr Leane Hoey, Human Nutrition, University Ulster
People who live in disadvantaged areas have a greater risk of developing cognitive dysfunction than people in better off areas, a study by Professor Helene McNulty and colleagues at the University of Ulster has found.
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Stay active - the physical activity, ageing and health study

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Project Lead

Dr Elaine Murtagh, Mary Immaculate College

Researchers: 

  • Professor Marie Murphy, Physical Activity and Health, University Ulster
  • Dr Niamh Murphy, Physical Activity and Public Health, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Dr Catherine Woods, Physical Activity and Public Health, Dublin City University
  • Dr Aoife Lane, Research Methods and Statistics in Exercise and Health, Waterford Institute Technology
Regular moderate exercise is very important for maintaining good health in older age. This project will examine some of the factors linked with physical activity, such as socio-economic status, education level and access to leisure facilities.

It will assess the relationship between physical activity and self-reported health status as well as objective measures of cardiovascular disease risk.

Dr Murtagh’s research may help policy makers design interventions most likely to increase physical activity among older people.

The development of a novel, low-cost intervention games system designed to improve physical and mental wellbeing in older adults

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Cathy Craig, Queen’s University Belfast

Researchers: 

  • Professor Fiona Newell, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Stuart Ferguson, Queen's University Belfast
Barriers to healthy ageing include declines in both physical and mental processes (e.g. postural control and cognition). As these processes are inter-connected, this project seeks to develop intervention programmes that train the body and the mind at the same time and are adapted to the needs of older people. 
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