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) –  (Institiúid Mercer um Aosú Bisiúil) – at St. James’s Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.  You are very welcome here.

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 – (MISA) – (Institiúid Mercer um Aosú Bisiúil)

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 therapy 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.


The Mercer’s Institute has a very comprehensive teaching and research programme to ensure a high quality of care and service to patients. We are very dependent on the goodwill and support of our benefactors to maintain the high standard that we seek. If you would like to support our research, education, training and our work please contact our senior administrator Ms. Carol Murphy at

Latest News

MISA Annual Lecture 2018

This years MISA annual lecture was presented by Baroness Julia Neuberger and was held on June 28th in the Stanley Quek lecture theatre in Trinity College. Baroness Neuberger spoke about avoiding loneliness in older age. This lecture was well attended and positive feedback was received. To watch this lecture click here

Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing, Annual Public Lecture 2018

Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing proudly presents its Annual Public Lecture 2018 entitled “Loneliness and how to avoid it in Successful Ageing” presented by Baroness Julia Neuberger on Thursday June 28th @ 6pm at the Stanley Quek Lecture Theatre, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Pearse Street, Dublin Flyer can be downloaded here

Asking the Big Questions in Dublin’s Fair City

Mary Ni Lochlainn is an Academic Clinical Fellow in Geriatric Medicine. She works at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Mary attended the Biogerontology for Clinicians Conference in February 2018 which was co-organised by MISA and TCD. Read Mary’s interesting blog recently posted on the British Geriatric Society website: Asking the Big Questions in Dublin’s Fair City …