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Health and Wellbeing of Older Adults with Intellectual Disability

Consistent with the College's major research theme on Ageing, and collaborating with EngAGE and The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), the primary research activity in the School of Nursing & Midwifery, under the Ageing theme, is the Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA), an internationally unique project concurrently tracking with TILDA and using many of the same questions to explore longitudinally the ageing of a nationally representative, randomly selected cohort of people with ID. This desire to increase understanding of the ageing of people with ID is further enhanced by independent research tracks on dementia and dementia care and on palliative care concerns and practice for people with ID. The second large pillar in ageing research led by Prof McCarron is in the area of Dementia and persons with Down syndrome. A unique longitudinal study in collaboration with clinical practice tracking a large cohort of adults with Down syndrome over the last 20 years.