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A Picture of Ageing Research in Ireland, North and South

Resource type: Research Report

Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) |

Today 1.1 million people aged 60 and over live on the island of Ireland. By 2041 that number will reach 2.44 million, making up nearly one third of the island’s total population.

Over the last decade, Atlantic has made significant investments to help build and strengthen the age research sector in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Institutions across the island have responded with a remarkable growth in the scale, range and prioritisation of ageing research.

This report, an update of CARDI’s 2010 overview, paints a picture of a much more coherent and enduring age research sector, including:

  • the establishment of major national ageing projects (including TILDA and NICOLA
  • the introduction of numerous dedicated ageing research centres, and
  • increased co-operation between organisations in Ireland, North and South.

This vital ongoing research will provide a valuable evidence base for effective policy planning, and play a major role in helping all people live healthier and more active lives.

Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) (via Institute for Public Health in Ireland, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) (via Trinity College Dublin) and The Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NICOLA) (via Queen’s University of Belfast Foundation) are Atlantic grantees.

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Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland