President Mary McAleese officially opens the TILDA Health Assessment Centre in Trinity College during May 2009. Speaking at the event President McAleese said 'In these very chastening times for our country, the wisdom, experience, and resilience of our older generation, themselves veterans of several recessions, will have a critical contribution to make to the national journey of recovery. This study will undoubtedly enhance their capacity to make that contribution and many, many more. I mentioned at the outset our ambition to be a republic that cherishes its children equally - we could add to that ‘from cradle to grave’. We want this, to contradict W.B. Yeats, to be a country for old men and old women, where they can relish a full and fulfilling life no matter how many miles are on the clock.'
Dr. Hilary Cronin, Medical Director for TILDA, and Prof. Brendan Whelan, Research Advisor for TILDA, showing the retinal camera machine used in the TILDA Health Assessments. This high-powered camera takes a picture of the back of the eye and the information is used to help us learn more about Age Related Macular Degeneration, which is the leading cause of sight loss in Ireland.
A TILDA volunteer demonstrates the Grip Strength test which measures upper body strength.
A TILDA volunteer demonstrates the Heel Bone Ultrasound device which is used to test for thinning of the bones.
Research Nurse Kay Poland and a TILDA volunteer demonstrate the GAITRite mat. The mat contains sensors which give information on balance and walking speed.
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. The equipment measures blood pressure, pulse wave velocity and heart rate.
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.