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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).
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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.
27th November 2014, CARDI
Older people in Northern Ireland are three times more likely to be frail than those in the Republic of Ireland, a study by researchers at Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast has found. The study also found that women and those from lower socio-economic groups in both countries are more likely to be frail.
The findings of the study led by Dr Matthew O’Connell (TCD) and funded by CARDI, are based on analysis of data from the Health Survey Northern Ireland and the first wave of data from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA).
27th November 2014
15th July 2014
The European Commission
9th April 2014, Age UK/ Ipsos MORI
The word ‘frail is used in different ways – as a medical term by clinicians, as an adjective by friends and family and, for too many people, as a judgement. As such it can be used to characterise an older person’s circumstances, capacities and needs without properly acknowledging the person behind the term.
Dr Matthew O’Connell, Trinity College Dublin
- Dr Bellinda King-Kallimanis, Statistics, Trinity College Dublin
- Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Geriatric Medicine, Trinity College Dublin
Disability in older adults is associated with reduced physical activity, loss of independence, reduced quality of life and increased health care costs. It is more prevalent in Northern Ireland than in the Republic of Ireland.