CARDI Involvement

Focus On...Social inclusion and ageing with an intellectual disability

23rd March 2015, CARDI

More adults with an intellectual disability (ID) in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and Northern Ireland (NI) are living to older ages. Social inclusion is vital for the health, wellbeing and quality of life of this group of adults as they age, and they often age without the family and social supports that other adults have.

Water Flouridation, Oral Status and Bone Health of Older People in Ireland

10th March 2015, TILDA

Research led by Dr Vincent O'Sullivan, (formerly of TILDA, now based in the University of Lancaster) and Professor Brian O'Connell, of the School of Dental Science in Trinity College Dublin has found a positive relationship between higher levels of water fluoridation and oral health, among older people in Ireland.

The TILDA data showed that adults living in areas with greater water fluoridation were more likely to have maintained their natural teeth.

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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.

CARDI grant programme

Understanding disability and its contribution to inequalities in health

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Mark O'Doherty

Mark O'Doherty's research as a CARDI Fellow will explore differences in trends in work related disability and in the way people report disability between nations and across different national health and welfare service contexts. The aim of this research is to develop expertise in the evaluation and assessment of work-related disability among older adults through the use of disability vignettes which will supplement self-reported disability.

CARDI grant programme

GP utilisation in the over 50s

7th January 2015, TILDA

The latest research brief from TILDA (released 23 December 2014) examines the impact of having a medical or GP visit card, as well as private health insurance, on GP visiting rates among the over 50s. The results show that, in comparison with those with ‘no cover’ for GP expenses (i.e., without a medical card or private health insurance):

  • medical/GP cardholders had an extra 1.5 GP visits per annum;

  • those with ‘dual cover’ (i.e., with both a medical/GP card and private health insurance) had approximately 1.6 extra GP visits per annum;

TILDA Report on the Emigration of Adult Children and the Mental Health of their Parents Published

4th November 2014, TILDA

A new report by The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), led by Trinity College Dublin, has shown that the mental health of mothers suffered as a consequence of the emigration of their children during the recession. The study showed that mothers experienced increased depressive symptoms and greater loneliness than mothers whose children did not emigrate.

Advancing Years, Different Challenges: Wave 2 IDs-TILDA, Findings on the ageing of people with an intellectual disability

20th October 2014, IDS TILDA

Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality & Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch recently (Oct 1 2014) launched the report of the second wave of the Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA) 'Advancing Years, Different Challenges: Wave 2 IDs-TILDA, Findings on the ageing of