Project Aim(s): This TCD led international network was set up to determine the prevalence of ALS/MND in Latin-America through collaborative work between Prof. Orla Hardiman and researchers in the various countries involved including Cuba, Uruguay and Chile.
(i) To characterise patterns of hearing problems and of hearing aid use in NICOLA and to compare these patterns in a qualitative fashion with those found in TILDA.
(ii) To evaluate the cross-sectional relationship between hearing problems and cognitive functioning, using regression modelling.
(iii) To evaluate loneliness, social isolation, and social engagement as moderators of the putative relationship between hearing problems and cognitive functioning, using a structural equation modelling approach.
Aims are to:
1. Characterise and compare alcohol consumption patterns in older adults in Ireland
2. Determine associations between alcohol patterns and cognitive function
3. Identify psychosocial mechanisms underpinning relations between alcohol and cognitive function
Aim: to elucidate the direct and indirect pathways between social determinants and cognitive decline among older Irish adults, to further understand and identify potential points of intervention in the progression of cognitive decline.
Aim(s): To examine the impact of VR on the understanding of emotions, cognitions and behaviours for people living with dementia among health professionals and carers.
The proposed research aims to create empirical evidence regarding the impact of befriending services on health and loneliness, assisting ALONE in developing and refining their mission statement. The research question is: “Do befriending services improve health (measured as health-related quality of life and cognitive function), and do they mitigate the impact of loneliness on health?” A secondary aim is to identify, using exploratory methods, potential mechanisms through which befriending impacts health.