Symposium Series: Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems

Symposium Series: Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems

22 April 2021

Organised by: IGS in partnership with ICSG and CESRD


Symposium Series: Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems

This series of online meetings runs from December 2020 until May 2021

Fifth Meeting: Thursday, April 22nd 2021.  15.00-16.30

Family Carers, Public Policy and Dementia


This series is a collaboration between The Irish Gerontological Society (IGS), the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) and the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia (CESRD), at NUI Galway.

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Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems During COVID-19   

Informing new directions in public policy through research with diverse and vulnerable older adult groups

The aim of this webinar is to examine key policy and practice issues in respect of family care for people with dementia in Ireland. Family carers tend to be seen as residual in the resource allocation process for people with dementia; any additional supports that are provided to families tend to be guided by the desire to maximise health production for people with dementia. The needs of family carers should be at the centre of policy debate, given the prominent role of informal care in meeting the day-to-day needs of people with dementia.

The webinar brings together a number of speakers to address these issues including: Prof. Eamon O’Shea, NUI Galway; Prof. Suzanne Cahill  Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway; and Aine Teahan, NUI Galway. Professor Manuel Ruiz Adame Reina, University of Granada will serve as respondent.


Welcome     Prof Rose Anne Kenny, President of the Irish Gerontological Society

Introduction and Meeting Chair - Introduction to Dementia and Caregiving in Ireland
Professor Eamon O’Shea, Director, Centre for Economic & Social Research on Dementia, NUI Galway 

Dementia and Family Caregiving in Ireland: An Invisible Workforce
Professor Suzanne Cahill, Adjunct Professor, School of Work & Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin

Exploring Family Carers' Support Preferences in Ireland
Áine Teahan - PhD Researcher, Centre for Economic & Social Research on Dementia, NUI Galway

Response: International Perspective on Caring. A Comparison Between Family Caring in Ireland vs Spain. Socio-economic Profiles, Preferences and Social-cost
Manuel Ruiz-Adame Reina, University of Granada, Spain.

Panel discussion with Q & A



Rose Anne Kenny is Professor of Medical Gerontology and Head of the academic department of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin. She is the present President of the IGS. She is also director of the recently established Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St. James’s Hospital Dublin, which is a state of the art facility hosting ambulatory care, inpatients, education and research facilities for older adults. She is the founding Principal Investigator of Ireland’s largest adult population study on the experience of ageing– for The Irish LongituDinal study on Ageing  (TILDA). She has a high international standing for her research on ageing ranked in the top 5% of geriatric medicine publications.


Eamon O’Shea is Professor of Economics at the National University of Ireland Galway and Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia. He is a Health Research Board (HRB) Research Leader in dementia in Ireland.


Professor Suzanne Cahill is from Dublin and is a graduate of UCD and a post-graduate of Stockholm University and the University of Queensland. Most of her career has been spent researching, teaching and campaigning for the rights of people living with dementia and their family caregivers.


Áine Teahan is a PhD researcher in the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia. Áine’s research currently investigates preferences and public willingness to pay for psychosocial supports for family carers of people with dementia. In addition to her PhD research, she has previously worked on projects related to family carer resilience, community service provision and dementia risk factors.


Manuel Ruiz-Adame Reina is a psychologist specialist in cognitive rehabilitation in dementia and economist. He is currently working as a lecturer for the University of Granada (Campus of Melilla), Dept. of applied economics. He is working on health economics, especially in social costs of long term care of illness link with ageing.


Recording of this event

00:30      Prof Eamon O'Shea

16:05      Prof Suzanne Cahill

39:30      Áine Teahan

1:00:00  Manuel Ruiz-Adame Reina

1:15:05  Panel discussion with Q & A