Premature Ageing | Depaulcharity

Depaul helps people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Premature Ageing

The Premature Ageing in the Homeless Population report details the impact of long term homelessness on the health needs of Sundial House residents. An assessment was physical and cognitive health of Sundial House residents was conducted by second year TCD medical students under the supervision of Dr Clíona Ní Cheallaigh, consultant in St James's Hospital and senior lecturer in TCD, and Jess Sears Depaul Clinical Nurse Manager. The study was conducted as a part of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging (TILDA).

TILDA collects information on all aspects of health, economic and social circumstances from people aged 50 and over in a series of data collection waves once every two years. TILDA is unique amongst longitudinal studies in the breadth of physical, mental health and cognitive measures collected. This data, together with the extensive social and economic data, makes TILDA one of the most comprehensive research studies of its kind both in Europe and internationally.

This study indicates the issues of premature ageing and the planning needed around access to healthcare for the entire homeless population. 

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