Research Projects

View our directory of the latest ageing research projects here, complete with the contact details of related researchers and research centres. To view CARDI projects click the button to the right.

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Social Exclusion and Older People in Diverse Rural Communities

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Professor Eamon O’Shea, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland, Galway

Researchers: 

  • Dr Kieran Walsh, The Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland Galway
  • Dr Michael Murray, Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning, Queen's University Belfast
  • Dr Sheelah Connolly, Centre for Clinical and Population Studies, Queen's University Belfast
  • Mr Mark Allen and Ms Caroline McGuire, Rural Community Network
  • Ms. Martina Gavin, FORUM, Rural Community Development Organisation
  • Dr John McDonagh, Department of Geography, National University of Ireland Galway
This will be the first study to address the important question: is rural Ireland a good place to grow old?

The project will be carried out by Healthy Ageing in Rural Communities Research Network (HARC) established with funding from CARDI’s Grants Call 1. It brings together multidisciplinary researchers from NUIG and Queen’s University Belfast with the Rural Community Network and FORUM Letterfrack.

Socio-economic deprivation and the risk of age-related cognitive dysfunction among older people

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Professor Helene McNulty, University of Ulster
  • Professor Adrian Moore, Health and Health Care Geography, University Ulster
  • Dr Leane Hoey, Human Nutrition, University Ulster
People who live in disadvantaged areas have a greater risk of developing cognitive dysfunction than people in better off areas, a study by Professor Helene McNulty and colleagues at the University of Ulster has found.
CARDI grant programme

Stay active - the physical activity, ageing and health study

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Elaine Murtagh, Mary Immaculate College

Researchers: 

  • Professor Marie Murphy, Physical Activity and Health, University Ulster
  • Dr Niamh Murphy, Physical Activity and Public Health, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Dr Catherine Woods, Physical Activity and Public Health, Dublin City University
  • Dr Aoife Lane, Research Methods and Statistics in Exercise and Health, Waterford Institute Technology
Regular moderate exercise is very important for maintaining good health in older age. This project will examine some of the factors linked with physical activity, such as socio-economic status, education level and access to leisure facilities.

It will assess the relationship between physical activity and self-reported health status as well as objective measures of cardiovascular disease risk.

Dr Murtagh’s research may help policy makers design interventions most likely to increase physical activity among older people.

The development of a novel, low-cost intervention games system designed to improve physical and mental wellbeing in older adults

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Cathy Craig, Queen’s University Belfast

Researchers: 

  • Professor Fiona Newell, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Stuart Ferguson, Queen's University Belfast
Barriers to healthy ageing include declines in both physical and mental processes (e.g. postural control and cognition). As these processes are inter-connected, this project seeks to develop intervention programmes that train the body and the mind at the same time and are adapted to the needs of older people. 
CARDI grant programme

The development of end of life care standards for people with end stage dementia

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Suzanne Cahill, Dementia Service Information and Development Centre, the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin

Researchers: 

  • The School of Social Work & Social Policy and the Dementia Services Information Centre
    Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Suzanne Cahill, Dementia Service Information and Development Centre and the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Max Watson, University of Ulster and Northern Ireland Hospice
  • Ms. Daphne Doran, Quality Initiatives Consultancy

This group will examine the different standards of care that exist for older people in long stay care and work with older people to draw up specific standards to meet the unique and complex end of life care needs of people with dementia.

Read the full report here.

CARDI grant programme

The dimensionality of mortality in Ireland

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Declan French, Queen’s University Belfast

Researchers: 

  • Professor Michael Moore, Queen's University Belfast
Conventional modelling and forecasting of mortality rates relies on identifying regularities in the data but in a quite ad hoc way. Analysis helps us to understand how mortality decline has occurred, whether the same factors are responsible for declines in all age groups and whether these factors are related over time.

The objectives of the project are to undertake a statistical analysis of the static and dynamic factor structure of Irish mortality data using techniques recently developed in macroeconomic forecasting.

CARDI grant programme

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