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TILDA research highlights contribution of older people

Published 07/03/2017


Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people, welcomed today’s publication of TILDA research highlighting the contribution older people make in Irish society. 

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications at Age Action, said: “The TILDA research confirms the important role older people are playing in Ireland.

“Right across the country it’s often older people who keep communities together, who are active in local residents associations, raise money for charities or take care of their grandchildren to enable their own grown children to go to work or pursue an education.

“We need to move away from seeing older people as frail or passive and celebrate the contribution they are making to their families and their communities.”

Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Principal Investigator of TILDA, and Minister Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy at the launch of the research
Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Principal Investigator for TILDA, and Minister Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy at the launch of the research

Health findings

The organisation did express some concern over results highlighting increased hospitalisation and obesity rates among older people.

Justin Moran added: “Growing old in Ireland should be a positive experience, where the dignity and independence of older people is protected.

“The Department of Health and the HSE must do more to support older people and a first step in this would be to redouble their efforts to fully implement the National Positive Ageing Strategy.”


A Fair Society for All? Listening to the Voices of Older People

Often, inequalities experienced by older people reflect an accumulated disadvantage which can be as a result of factors such as socio-economic status, health, gender, location. How existing inequalities impact on us as we age is something we in Age Action explored through a panel discussion 10 September – A Fair Society For All? Listening to the Voice of Older People – in Croke Park, on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting 2019.

An audience of over 160 people, including members of Age Action and people working in the ageing sector, joined the conversatoin which included a panel disucssion moderated by the CEO Paddy Connolly. The discussion centred on a discussion paper, Equality for All - Older People for Equality, published by Age Action in advance.The  panel set the scene with inputs from Michael Taft, Economist and political economy columnist, Colette Bennett, Policy Analyst Social Justice Ireland, Deirdre Garvey, CEO The Wheel, Ailbhe Smith, Co-Director of Together for Yes.