Monday, December 11, 2017


Ageing and Intellectual Disability: Editorial January 2017

Positive Ageing
The theme of this Issue of Frontline is Ageing and Intellectual Disability. The international age profile is changing, leading to a projected doubling of the world’s population in the over-60s age cohort over the next 35 years (WHO, 2015). It is also estimated that the next two decades will see a greater proportional increase in the intellectual disability population over...

Dementia Care Infographic

The Birth of Happy Bones

The Irish Longitudinal study on Ageing – Intellectual Disability Services (TILDA-IDS) Wave II report (2014) highlighted that osteoporosis is the most common non-cardiovascular disease among the Intellectual Disability (ID) population, higher than arthritis, cancers and respiratory conditions.

Avoiding Loneliness in older people with an Intellectual Disability – Lessons from the IDS-TILDA study

What are the circumstances in a person’s life that best help them avoid or overcome loneliness? For some people as they age loneliness is an ever-present risk. Mounting losses to social resources and deterioration in health increase the risk of experiencing loneliness.

Cohesion for Inclusion – Get It Together

This year, a 17 year old girl was given the brilliant opportunity of doing work experience at RTÉ, on the set of Winning Streak. However, because she was a minor and had an intellectual disability, RTÉ requested that she would have support with her.....


Watchman (2014) summarises some of the dilemmas encountered when making decisions about the care of people with learning disability and dementia. In this article I will discuss older people with a learning disability with and without dementia. Referrals to generic services such as nursing homes can also take place when the individual’s physical health needs exceed the capacity of the current care giver(s), regardless of the diagnosis.

Ageing and intellectual disability —A cross-border issue?

People with an intellectual disability are living longer than ever in Ireland. This means that often they outlive their parents, so many over 55s are living in some form of residential accommodation—75% in the Republic and an estimated 50% in Northern Ireland. Longevity is a cause for celebration and it bears testimony to the loving care provided by families...


Background An Intellectual Disability Supplement to TILDA (IDS-TILDA), led by Professor Mary McCarron at Trinity College, for the first time will provide valid and reliable data relating to older people with intellectual disability (ID) and ageing in Ireland. The lives of a representative sample of about 800 people with ID aged 40 years and over from across Ireland—randomly selected from...

First Longitudinal Study on Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability in Ireland

Mr John Moloney, TD and Minister of State for Equality, Disability and Mental Health, visited the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College, Dublin, on 3 December 2008 to launch the largest study on Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability (ID) ever undertaken in Ireland. At the launch, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Minister Moloney...


Retirement for service-users with an intellectual disability has been described as a time, the necessities having been accomplished, to do what one wants to do, to explore new interests and friendships and to have leisure time to engage in non-harmful activities of the service-user’s own informed choosing (Cotton 1991). Similar to the general ageing population, older adults with intellectual disabilities...