Research Theme: Community and Social Support


Name:  Mary Cleary

Institution:  University College Cork


Completion:  01/07/2017

Funder: N/A


Project: I would like to use the data from the TILDA project as a baseline against which I can examine the existence of health, social and economic disparities in the 50+ LGBT communities. I am currently working as a community health worker in LINC in Cork. I would like to use this data to inform a research report for work purposes with LINC to advocate for older LGBT people.


Name: Richard Layte
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Completion: 2016

Project: Examining how patterns of social contact and social support vary across the population of older people in Ireland and whether this has an impact on health and well-being. To what extent does the availability of a spouse and other social support mediate the relationship between chronic illness and quality of life (CASP19)? Are more diverse and frequent patterns of social support associated with slower cognitive decline in older age? Does the availability of social support within and outside the home influence utilisation of formal healthcare? The transition to retirement is a major life transition where many settled patterns of social contact are disturbed with possible consequences for the quality of marital relationships. Conversely, older age can also lead to the availability of time that can be used to develop relationships with children and grandchildren. What are the patterns of contact with grand-children?

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Health and Quality of Life and Wellbeing .



Name: Ziggi Ivan Santini
Institution: Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Deu
Completion: December 2014

Project: For research purposes to publish an academic article in a scientific journal relating to social support and mental health. End date approximately end of year 2014.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Mental Health.



Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: July 2016

Project: We are conducting research on mental health and social network. We are going to analyze the TILDA data in order to identify the factors associated with mental health, cognitive impairment and social network. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Mental Health and Cognitive Functioning.