Ageing | St. James's Hospital Foundation Ageing | St. James's Hospital Foundation

Successful Ageing (MISA)

Making Ireland One of the Best Places in the World to Grow Old!


Mercer Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA), at St James’s Hospital, promotes healthy and successful ageing as well as raising standards and expectations for the care of older people. As our population continues to age in Ireland, leading in particular to expansion of the size of population who are over 85, we want to promote the services and conditions for successfully living longer in a holistic manner from healthcare through to community, to creativity and integrated health services.


Here at St James’s Hospital, MISA provides a hub of clinical services, research, training and education, with a special focus on the creative lives of older people and its relationship to Successful Ageing.  This is the only such facility on the island of Ireland and as the new facility opens, this will be an exemplar for healthcare globally.


The research, technology and training block of this development, will provide a central location to progress in areas such as memory, neurology, bone and syncope. The research and clinical ward areas are connected by way of an entrance reception atrium with a bespoke designed art wall commission.


Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Director of Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing together with Dr. Conal Cunningham, Clinical Director of Medicine for the Elderly, Professor Brian Lawlor, Director of Psychiatry for the Elderly, and the rest of the team are working with our staff, our patients and healthcare partners, to make Ireland one of the best places in the world to grow old.



Patient John talks to the

“They’re great in here. Absolutely excellent. Three weeks ago, I could barely move. They gave me that confidence to start walking again.”


Irish Times Article 

“It’s all downhill from 38: why ageing is not just for the old”


Irish Health Article

Commenting on the official opening, MISA director, Prof Rose Anne Kenny, described it as ‘an important milestone for Ireland’.

“Ireland’s ageing population is growing at a fast pace and the establishment of one of Europe’s largest centres dedicated to high-quality care for older people is key to ensuring that Ireland continues to lead the way when it comes to research and training in all aspects of health, policy and social care, as well as promoting wellness and independent living in the community,” she said.

MISA launch president Higgins

President of Ireland / Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D Higgins at the opening of MISA

Mercer Institute for Successful Ageing
MISA launch President Higgins 4

Building the new facilities for MISA

MISA welcomed its first patients in 2016 and was formally opened by President of Ireland / Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D Higgins on 7th December. MISA is Ireland’s first dedicated centre for successful ageing and will be one of the leading European Centres for Ageing.


Responding to the need for innovation in the delivery of services to Ireland’s growing ageing population, MISA is the realisation of a vision to deliver a holistic approach to successful ageing with prevention, clinical care, research and teaching housed in one central facility.


For the first time in Ireland all age related clinical, research, technological, creative and educational facilities are housed on a single site in a new dedicated facility making the patients experience user friendly and stream lined.


The new development provides facilities and resources unequalled internationally on any other major teaching hospital campus. It includes “State of the Art” diagnostic, treatment, educational and research facilities for care of the older person. Its ambulatory diagnostic and treatment units include Fall and Blackouts, Bone Health and Osteoporosis, Memory and Brain Health, Stroke and Cerebrovascular disease.


Inpatient facilities include acute assessment and rehabilitation and stroke wards. Research and educational facilities are extensive and focus on clinical research with the principle objective of optimising best care for the vulnerable and sick older person.


The centre for ageing in Ireland will:

  • Provide innovative early diagnostic and rapid access ambulatory care clinics along with in-patient acute assessment centres and rehabilitation and continuing care units.
  • Place a strong emphasis on research and innovation. Technology companies will be afforded access to clinical cohorts in order to develop and advance life-changing technologies that promote successful ageing in concert with clinicians and patients.
  • Be fully integrated with the surrounding community.   This will allow for models of health and social care to be developed and tested in collaboration with primary care.


The MISA development cost €48M and has been made possible with funding from HSE, Atlantic Philanthropies, the Department of Health, and St James’s Hospital in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin. The new 7-storey state of the art building was completed in 2016.



There are many opportunities to support MISA in its new facility. St James’s Hospital Foundation can assist you in further in considering a gift to support ageing and you can also donate online.


If you would like to discuss the work of MISA, please refer to or get in touch with us here at the Foundation offices and we would be delighted to assist you or discuss a possible donation. Please contact or call on 01 – 428 4086.