frailty, disability

Frailty and disability in Ireland, North and South

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

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.

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CARDI Involvement

Frailty and disability in Ireland, North and South

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).

Frailty and disability

EU conference on Frailty in old age: proceedings and new video

News Source: 

The European Commission

Understanding the lives of older people living with frailty

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.

Frailty and disability in Ireland

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

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.

Key Findings:

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