Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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| Editors: Danan Gu, Matthew E. Dupre

The Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NICOLA)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_346-1


Increases in life expectancy and declining birth rates are leading to the rapid ageing of populations across the developed world. The population of Northern Ireland (NI) is undergoing a similar demographic shift resulting in a sustained increase in life expectancy. By 2028, it is estimated that 39% of the NI population will be aged 50 years or over; this is projected to rise to 43% by 2048 (NISRA 2018). Such demographic changes undoubtedly pose public health challenges for individuals and society, in terms of helping older adults maintain and maximize their independence, health, and well-being, and for policy makers aiming to support older adults through justifiable and appropriate provision of health and social care services.

In 2012, the Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NICOLA) was established as the first large-scale longitudinal cohort study of men and women aged 50 years and over in NI. Its aim is to explore the social, behavioral, economic,...

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  1. Cruise S, Kee F (eds) (2017) Early key findings from a study of older people in Northern Ireland: the NICOLA Study. Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast. Available at: https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/NICOLA/News/. Accessed 23 Nov 2018
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Public HealthQueen’s University Belfast, Institute of Clinical Sciences Block BBelfastUK

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