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The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing

  • Orna A. DonoghueEmail author
  • Christine A. McGarrigle
  • Rose Anne Kenny
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_340-1


The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) is a prospective cohort study, established to (i) inform health, social, and economic policy and track the impact of new policy initiatives in Ireland, (ii) harmonize with other longitudinal studies on aging (the HRS family of studies) for comparability and cross-country comparisons, and (iii) develop novel research and innovation. These aims are made possible by the breadth of information collected, including the comprehensive health assessment across multiple areas of physical and physiological function.

The first four waves of TILDA were funded by the Irish Government, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and Irish Life plc. The MRI brain sub-study included in Wave 3 was funded through the Irish Health Research Board. Waves 5 and 6 were funded by the Irish Government and The Atlantic Philanthropies.

Study Design


Participants were randomly selected using the RANSAM sampling procedure so that each residential address in Ireland...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Orna A. Donoghue
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christine A. McGarrigle
    • 1
  • Rose Anne Kenny
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)Trinity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA)St James’s HospitalDublinIreland

Section editors and affiliations

  • David Weir
    • 1
  • Mary Beth Ofstedal
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA