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The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)Research Funder/Centre

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The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) is a study of a representative cohort of over 8500 people resident in Ireland aged 50+, charting their health, social and economic circumstances over a 10-year period. The second wave of data collection commenced this year. TILDA is unique amongst longitudinal studies internationally in the breadth of physical, mental health and cognitive measures collected.

The TILDA dataset has already created new employment opportunities for researchers throughout Ireland, generated employment for SMEs in Ireland and attracted considerable additional resources from international funding bodies which further create research, development and employment opportunities in Ireland.

Key findings to date emphasise the enormous contribution that older persons make to society in Ireland, major opportunities to improve health risk factors which prevent heart disease, stroke, falls and dementia, and opportunities to improve pension and financial literacy. Technology innovations are developing quick, simple tools to measure abnormal heart rhythms and early patterns of cognitive decline. TILDA researchers work closely with policy makers and NGOs to disseminate early findings and implement change to ensure that ‘Ireland will be the best place in the world to grow old.’


We aim to determine:

the health status and health needs of older people

the social and economic status and needs of older people

the health, economic and social needs of families and carers of older people

the biological and environmental components of "successful ageing"

the contributions that older people are making to society and the economy

how each of these key components (health, wealth, happiness) interact such that we can ensure that Ireland meets the needs and choices of its citizens in a personalised and positive environment and with due dignity and respect

Main research areas

Research Working Groups:

  • Cardiovascular

  • Bone

  • Neuro-cognitive

  • Medication & Health Service Utilisation

  • Gait & Balance

  • Economics

  • Social Engagement

Research disciplines

Medical/Clinical Sciences/Nursing,Social/Behavioral,Economics,Demography


The Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing (TILDA)
Lincoln Gate
Trinity College


+353 1 896 4120


+353 1 896 2451


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