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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

Strategies for Successful Ageing

Find out how staying happy, healthy, socially-connected and active can help you age successfully with this free online course.

Register today on Future Learn!

  • Course starts: 26th September 2016
  • Cost: Free
  • Duration: 5 Weeks
  • 2 hours per week

During this 5 week course, distinguished academics and physicians at Trinity College Dublin will present on world-leading research in successful ageing. This course may challenge many of assumptions you have about growing old.

This course is relevant for adults who wish to acquire strategies for successful ageing. No previous experience or qualifications are required.

Join in the conversation on Social Media - Use the hashtag #FLageingwell to join and contribute to social media conversations about this course.


October 2016

TILDA Research Fellow wins prize for best Oral Presentation

Congratulations to TILDA Research Fellow Dr. Mark Canney who won the prize for best Oral Presentation at the recent Medical Gerontology Open Day, Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing, 2016. The award was presented by Professor Martin O'Donnell, the Professor of Translational Medicine at NUI Galway and Interim Director of the HRB Clinical Research Facility, Galway.

Dr. Canney's research investigated the distribution of kidney biomarkers with advancing age in community-dwelling older adults.

September 2016

Topic Report: The impact of frailty on public health nurse service utilisation. Finding from The Irish longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)

A new report by The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing on older frail people’s use of public health nursing services in Ireland was launched today by Dr Lorna Roe of TILDA and the Centre for Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin at the annual general meeting of the Institute of Community Health Nursing. The report examines the demographic and healthcare entitlements of older frail Irish people utilising Public Health Nursing services. The study was commissioned by the Institute of Community Health Nursing (ICHN).

To read more, click here

To download the report, click here

TILDA 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, 8th September 2016:
Trinity College Dublin celebrated the 10 year Anniversary of TILDA. From heart conditions to caring for grandchildren and from undiagnosed diabetes to the power of positive thought, the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) has spent a decade understanding Ireland’s older generation.

Established in 2006, TILDA was designed to provide a nationally representative picture of ageing in Ireland. Understanding the characteristics, needs and contributions of older persons in Ireland is invaluable in helping us make Ireland one of the best place in the world to grow old.

Watch RTE’s coverage of the event.

Read the programme from the 10 year Anniversary.

Uncovering the secrets of successful ageing - TILDA explores decade of research to understand a generation

From heart conditions to caring for grandchildren and from undiagnosed diabetes to the power of positive thought, the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) has spent a decade understanding Ireland’s older generation. Trinity College Dublin will celebrate that milestone with 600 of the 8500 participants at a special event today, at which researchers and participants will consider the critical impact this research continues to have on the lives of older people.
Such is the breadth and depth of the subjects TILDA’s research covers that policy makers, NGOs and others have used the findings as the evidence base for 52 policy and strategy documents covering: transport; health; jobs; pensions; carers; residential and home care; health and road safety public awareness campaigns; capacity planning for services; medical care and practice; IT; health insurance; dementia prevention; volunteering; taxation and the economy.

The TILDA research team and principal investigator, Professor of Medical Gerontology at Trinity, Rose Anne Kenny, will give examples of how this research is changing policy and practice for older adults. To read more, click here

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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