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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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Dr Aisling O'Halloran
Frailty rates rise with age and 36% of people aged 80+ in Northern Ireland and 15% in the Republic of Ireland are frail. This research will raise awareness and deepen understanding of both the levels of frailty and frailty prevention in Ireland, North and South. The findings will be of interest to researchers, healthcare professionals, policy makers
and older people’s groups.
Professor Patrick Goodman, Lecturer, School of Physics, Environmental Health Sciences Institute, Dublin Institute of Technology
- 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.
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.
Dr Kieran Walsh, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway
Queen's University Belfast
Irish Centre for Social Gerontology
National University of Ireland, Galway
- 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
Dr Joanne Feeney
Trinity College Dublin
- Queen’s University Belfast
Mentors: Professor Ian Young and Professor Rose Anne Kenny
For the CARDI Leadership Programme Dr Joanne Feeney will explore the impact of stress on the neurocognitive and cardiovascular health of older adults in the North and South of Ireland, using data from NICOLA and TILDA. The experience of severe or persistent psychological stress can alter immune mediators, trigger inflammatory processes and increase oxidative stress, damaging brain and cardiovascular health.
Professor Paddy Hillyard, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, Queen’s University Belfast
- 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.
Dr Anna Gavin, Director, Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, Queen’s University Belfast
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.
Dr Sylvia O’Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in Physical Education, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
- 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.
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.