People who were members of an occupational pension scheme, in which their employer contributes, were significantly more likely to retire at an earlier age, the study found.

Over half of older people choose to leave work when they become eligible for their pension, while a third retire to spend more time with their family,(...)

Women who attended church services more than once a week had a 27 per cent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease  compared with women who never attended. Photograph: iStock

The ongoing Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin has produced the most interesting and varied research results. Its la(...)

A majority of the over 50s reported religion as important to them. Photograph: iStock

Regular attendance at religious services is associated with lower depressive symptoms in older Irish people, a new study has found. Such religious at(...)

Dr Orna Donoghue, TILDA project manager and lead author on the paper, said driving allows a level of freedom and independence that is often ‘not available with public transport and therefore it is hugely important for social engagement, mental health and wellbeing’. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Older people who are able to travel independently have better mental health and greater social networks compared to those being driven by family or fr(...)

Eleanor Mooney, Aoife Cahill Mannion and Audrey McGill are encouraging women to walk, jog or run the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin on Sunday, June 2nd, for some of Ireland’s sickest children

1) Tallaght University Hospital’s schedule for its spring/summer series of community health talks “Let’s Talk Health” – run in partnership with the Pa(...)

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh will be the guest speaker at a GAA seminar on health and wellbeing for older people  in the Longford Arms Hotel in Longford on March 11th. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Active involvement with family, friends and the wider community, through volunteerism and participation, and building exercise into one’s routine, are(...)

The findings come from  the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing study, which has been tracking more than 8,000 over-50s for the past seven years. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Older Irish people’s quality of life increases with age and peaks at 68, before starting to decline gradually, according to new research. Social fact(...)

 Prof Rose Anne Kenny,  director of Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing  at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

It was while she was a research fellow in cardiology at Westminster Hospital that Prof Rose Anne Kenny developed the Head Up Tilt (HUT) test. Used to(...)

Only 8.5 per cent of those surveyed were found to be supplementing their diet with vitamin D. Photograph: iStock

One in four Irish over 50s are deficient in vitamin D during the winter, a new study has found. The research also noted wide variations in vitamin D (...)

The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (Tilda)  warned of serious levels of dissatisfaction with public transport, with more than half of the over-50s surveyed rating  options in their area as poor or very poor. File photograph: Getty Images

Just one in 10 older people rely on public transport to get around, research on Ireland’s ageing population has found. The study found a third of fre(...)

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