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As of the 24 September 2015 The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) became the Ageing Research and Development Division within the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH).
This website will remain online but will no longer be updated. To keep up to date with our work please visit the Division of Ageing Research and Development section of the IPH website.
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CARDI Grant Projects
Dr George Savva, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. George Savva, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, TCD
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.
Dr Emer Begley, Policy and Social Inclusion Officer, Age Action Ireland
- 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.
Dr Nata Duvvury, Co- Director, Global Women’s Studies Programme, National University of Ireland, Galway
School of Political Science & Sociology
Irish Centre for Social Gerentology
National University of Ireland, Galway
School of Architecture, Landscape & Civil Engineering
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.
Dr Karen Morgan, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
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.
Dr Aoife Ahern, University College Dublin, School of Architecture, Landscape and Civil Engineering
- 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.
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.
Professor Eamon O’Shea, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland, Galway
Irish Centre for Social Gerontology
National University of Ireland, Galway
Queen's University Belfast
- 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.
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.
Dr Elaine Murtagh, Mary Immaculate College
- 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.
Dr Cathy Craig, Queen’s University Belfast
- 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.