The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) is a large-scale, nationally representative, longitudinal study on ageing in Ireland, the overarching aim of which is to make Ireland the best place in the world to grow old.
TILDA collects information on all aspects of health, economic and social circumstances from people aged 50 and over in a series of data collection waves once every two years. TILDA is unique amongst longitudinal studies in the breadth of physical, mental health and cognitive measures collected. This data, together with the extensive social and economic data, makes TILDA one of the most comprehensive research studies of its kind both in Europe and internationally.
International Studies & Networks
- Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing
- Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging
- China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study
- English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
- Health and Retirement Study
- Japanese Study of Aging and Retirement
- Korean Longitudinal Study of Ageing
- Longitudinal Ageing Study in India
- Mexican Health and Aging Study
- Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe
- Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies of Aging
News & Events
The new TILDA report 'Obesity in an Ageing Society' has received widespread coverage in the press. Numerous articles have appeared in both print and online media and the report has also been covered extensively by national and local broadcast media.
A new TILDA report published on 18th July shows that nearly four out of five adults over the age of 50 are overweight or obese and a similar proportion has an ‘increased’ or ‘substantially increased’ waist circumference. This means that just one fifth of the over 50s have a normal BMI or waist circumference. The report, titled Obesity in an Ageing Society, highlights the increased health risks and health services burden in older adults due to high rates of obesity.
A new study from RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)'s School of Pharmacy, led by Dr Gráinne Cousins and using TILDA data, has found that 60% of older Irish adults taking prescribed medications which have the potential to interact with alcohol, still regularly consume alcohol during the course of their prescription.
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to ageing research in Ireland and internationally, Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Principal Investigator and founder of TILDA, has been honoured with membership of the Royal Irish Academy. Membership of the Royal Irish Academy is the highest academic honour in Ireland and a public recognition of academic achievement.
The TILDA research team and affiliated researchers presented to members of the TILDA Scientific Advisory Board and other guests during a two-day event held at Trinity College, Dublin, on 15th-16th May.
TILDA Researcher Dr. Catriona Murphy was awarded a prize for best poster at the EuroPRevent 2014 conference in Amsterdam. The conference theme was Global Cardiovascular Health and the research presented used TILDA interview and health assessment data to examine the gap between evidence-based guidelines and clinical practice in lipid modification in adults at high risk of cardiovascular disease mortality.
A new ESRI Research Bulletin, authored by TILDA Economics Principal Investigator Professor Alan Barrett and Research Fellow Dr Vincent O'Sullivan, uses data from waves 1 and 2 of the TILDA study to explore the impact of the economic crisis on the health and well-being of Ireland's Over-50s.
The Faculty of Health Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, hosted this year’s programme of events for Trinity Week on the theme of The Science of Happiness, which was open to public participation. TILDA Research Fellow Dr Cathal McCrory presented on Thursday 10th April at the 'Happy Healthy Ageing' Symposium.
Since the official media launch on January 29th 2014, the publication of the new TILDA Key Findings Report, 'The Over 50s in a Changing Ireland: Economic Circumstances, Health and Well-Being', has received extensive coverage across print, broadcast and online media.
The report uses data from the second wave of TILDA data collection, which lasted from April 2012 to January 2013, to examine how the lives of the over 50s in Ireland have changed since the first wave in 2010.