Director’s Welcome

Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Director, Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin

Welcome to Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St. James’s Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.  You are very welcome here.

MISA is a state-of-the-art-facility for integrated clinical services and a hub for world-leading research. We promote coordinated patient care, coupled with far-reaching educational and training programmes.

Enabled by the tremendous generosity and support of Mr. Chuck Feeney, The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Department of Health and the HSE, MISA represents the culmination of more than thirty years of planning.

In 2016, MISA was commissioned by President Michael D. Higgins who spoke of the opportunities for elderly citizens to enjoy active and fulfilled lives. He noted, “In a world where we can expect to see more and more people leading significantly longer lives, innovative and creative thought around the ageing process will become increasingly important”.

Our goal is to advance the conditions for successful ageing.

About Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing

One of the great success stories of modern times is the increasing number of people living into old age. This triumph is also one of our greatest challenges. The rapid ageing of the global population is driven by the reduction of fertility rates and increasing longevity.

The global share of people aged 60 years or over increased from 9.2% in 1990 to 11.7% in 2013, and will continue to grow as a proportion of the world population, reaching 21.1% by 2050. The number of people aged 60 years or over is expected to more than double, from 841 million people in 2013 to more than 2 billion in 2050 (United Nations, 2013).

In most regions and countries, the population aged 60 or more is growing faster than younger adults and children (United Nations, 2013) and this has important consequences for the family, the labour market, and health and social care systems.

At Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing, the work we do rests on four pillars:

  • Clinical Care – Ensures excellence in care and an integrated patient-centred pathway by locating clinical facilities in one area.
  • Research & Development – Fosters a vibrant environment that produces high-quality research that is rapidly translated into effective clinical care, pioneering technologies, and age-friendly policies.
  • Education & Training – Promotes professional training, care-giver support, and empowers older adults to advocate for their health and well-being.
  • Creative Life Centre – Advances creativity and wellbeing, enabling adults to express themselves through art, music, literature and drama, while also providing intergenerational programmes that advance skills.

MISA specialises in bone health, falls and syncope, memory disorders, mental health, stroke, gerontological nursing, nutrition, occupational and physiotherapy, and provides general medical services to older adults.  Our new building includes 116 beds: four 29-bedded wards each consisting of 20 single rooms and three 3-bedded rooms.

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