Former President Mary McAleese officially opens the TILDA Health Assessment Centre in Trinity College
Dr. Hilary Cronin, Medical Director for TILDA, and Prof. Brendan Whelan, Research Advisor for TILDA
A TILDA volunteer demonstrates the Grip Strength test which measures upper body strength.
Research Nurse Patricia Costello explains the Heel Bone Ultrasound to a TILDA Volunteer. The Heel Bone Ultrasound is a device used to test for thinning of the bones.
Research Nurse Kay Poland and a TILDA volunteer demonstrate the GAITRite mat.
Former President Mary McAleese shares a laugh with Nick Corish, a retired school principal who has volunteered to help TILDA on a number of occasions.
A TILDA volunteer demonstrates the cardiovascular equipment used in the Health Assessment.
Principal Investigator of TILDA, Prof. Rose Anne Kenny with Dr. James Reilly, Minister for Health, at the launch of Fifty Plus in Ireland 2011: First Results from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing.
The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) is the most detailed study on ageing ever undertaken in Ireland.
This ground-breaking study looks at the health, lifestyles and financial situation of 8,504 people as they grow older, and sees how their circumstances change over a 10 year period. The study is being carried out by Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with an inter-disciplinary panel of experts in various fields of ageing.
The information gathered by TILDA improves our understanding of the factors that aid successful ageing in Ireland. Also, it assists in the development of a range of economic, health and social policies benefiting all people living in Ireland. Some of the questions we are interested in answering are:
- What are the factors that determine successful ageing?
- How do people’s health and level of disability change over time?
- What happens to people’s memory as they age?
- What are the causes of memory changes?
- What are the factors that decide when people retire and how do people plan for their retirement?
- Do people have enough savings to provide for their older age?
- How can we help people understand the economic requirements of ageing?
- How do people’s activities, relationships and quality of life change over time?
- What is the relationship between people’s health status, economic situation and social circumstances?
- How does this relationship change over time?
- How can we use these relationships to improve quality of life in ageing?
Thank you so much to those of you who contacted us wishing to volunteer. Unfortunately, as our sample is scientifically drawn, we can only call to addresses in pre-selected households. Again, thanks for your enthusiasm about our project.