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Health and Wellbeing of Older Adults with Intellectual Disability

Other research interests in Ageing



Current projects

Current research students

  • Lorna Greene, The Contribution of Poor Sleep to Obesity in Older Irish Adults. Principal Supervisor: Prof Gabrielle McKee
  • Niamh Maher, Post Hip Fracture in Older Adults: interventions and strategies for improving outcomes. The role and function of the CNS within an elderly falls unit. Principal Supervisor: Fintan Sheerin

Open opportunities for MSc/PhD projects

There are opportunities for PhD projects in the following topics:

1. Ageing Well Prof Claire Donnellan

  • Addressing cultural and linguistic diversity in cognitive screening protocols for older adult populations.
  • Developing the Resources and Life Strategy Management (REALISM) Intervention for care co-ordination in older adults.

2. Other research interests in Ageing

  • Investigating the biological mechanisms underpinning age-related modifications to the vasculature. Prof Aileen Lynch
  • Defining associations between cognition (global, executive and meta-cognition), self-regulation and goal attainment in neurogical rehabilitation (this topic will be applicable to nursing, psychology, allied health and medically qualified candidates). Prof Claire Donnellan
  • Assessing associations between physiological, cognitive and behavioural variables in older adults with neurodegenerative diseases. Prof Claire Donnellan
  • Development of a nurse-led clinical governance stroke programme in Ireland: NLCGSP. Prof Claire Donnellan
  • Development and implementation of an integrated care pathway for the management of neurogenic dysphagia in gerontological care settings. Prof Claire Donnellan
  • Exploring the association between sedentary behaviour and cardiac risk in the ageing population. Prof Gabrielle McKee

Completed projects

  • Cost effectiveness and Quality of Life in Service Delivery for Persons with the dual disability of Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s Dementia. PI: Prof Mary McCarron
  • Perceptions of Stigma in Dementia: an Exploratory Study. PI: Prof Mary McCarron

Completed research students

  • Louise Daly, "Sustaining place": A Classic Grounded Theory of Informal Carers of People with Dementia. Principal Supervisor: Prof Mary McCarron
  • Lorraine Murray, Does age-related neuro-inflammation modulate the blood-brain barrier? Principal Supervisor: Prof Aileen Lynch.
  • Anna Ayton, A correlational study to determine relationships between biographical variables and nurses' attitudes towards older adults with dementia. Principal Supervisor: Prof Elizabeth Curtis
  • Mary McCarron, The influence of Alzheimer's dementia on time spent care giving for persons with Down syndrome. Principal Supervisor: Prof Cecily Begley