The positive ageing indicators report is an outcomes framework to monitor trends and changes in the participation levels, health, and security of older people in Ireland, at a national level. The positive ageing indicator set was developed by the Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative(link is external) and reported for the first time in 2016.
Previous research suggests that the ageing experience for people with an intellectual disability may
differ from the general population, and that issues associated with ageing may occur for people with an intellectual disability at an earlier age than for the general population. Research has shown that not only is prevalence of certain conditions higher among a younger age group, but different patterns of disease are present for people with an intellectual disability compared to the general population. It is important also to recognise that there may be differences in the structure of social participation and family networks for people with an intellectual disability and to understand how these differences may have an effect on positive ageing.
The Intellectual Disability Supplement to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA) is the most comprehensive study on ageing in persons with intellectual disability ever carried out in Ireland (McCarron et al., 2011). IDS-TILDA provides data on the health, social, economic and environmental circumstances of 753 people with intellectual disability, as they grow older and on how their circumstances have changed over a ten-year period. Close harmonisation with the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA study) ensures that similarities and differences between the populations may be systematically established, including for the national indicators. With three waves of data currently available, IDS-TILDA has become a rich data source for the study of the complex interrelationship between pre-existing impairment, physical, psychosocial and environmental factors, including the impact of living situations and changes in living situations, that may affect healthy ageing in persons with an intellectual disability..