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Welcome to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)

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.

News & Events

Upcoming Event

Using publicly archived TILDA datasets

Delivered by TILDA in conjunction with the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) and Gateway to Global Aging.

Date: 9th September 2016
Venue: Trinity College Dublin
Cost: Free

10am - 1pm: Introduction to publicly available TILDA datasets.

  • Overview of TILDA.
  • Accessing and using TILDA data, available through ISSDA.
  • Accessing and using the digital library and harmonised TILDA dataset,
  • through the Gateway to Global Aging.

Room: Maxwell Theatre (90 spaces)

2pm - 4pm: Hands-on workshop using the harmonised TILDA dataset to do cross-country comparisons.

Room: Áras an Phiarsaigh PC Lab 0.12 (20 spaces)

Spaces are limited on both sessions. To confirm your place, please contact Gearóid O’Donnell:
Tel: +353 1 896 2952

For more information:

Using publicly archived TILDA datasets Flyer

Harmonized TILDA Brochure

May 2016

Professor Rose Anne Kenny presents on “How a longitudinal study can change the research landscape” at the Biomedical and Life Sciences Innovation Showcase.

Watch her talk here

TILDA 2016 Scientific Advisory Board Meeting

The TILDA research team and affiliated researchers presented to members of the TILDA Scientific Advisory Board and other guests during the one-day event held at Trinity College Dublin.

To read more, please click here

Lecture on Irish Immigrants to the US Marks 10 Years of TILDA.

Hollywood movies often portrayed the Irish as a poor and uneducated race of people. Yet like so many other Hollywood storylines, this image is just a myth. In fact Irish migrants to the US during the first half of the 20th century were on average as well educated as other European immigrants to the US, according to Professor James Smith, who delivered the lecture ‘Irish Immigrants and their Progeny around the World’ in Trinity College Dublin to mark the 10th anniversary of TILDA.
To read more, click here

January 2016

You’re Only As Old As You Feel!

Our attitudes to ageing can have a direct effect on our health

Negative attitudes to ageing affect both physical and cognitive health in later years, new research reveals. The study from TILDA, at Trinity College Dublin, further reveals that participants with positive attitudes towards ageing had improved cognitive ability.

To read more, click here

TILDA December 2015 Newsletter now available online

See what the TILDA team has been up to in 2015!

Newsletter 2015

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