Dementia and Ageing

The spectrum of research delivered by the team spans from healthcare looking at the outcomes of people with cognitive impairment and dementia in the hospital setting, through end of life care, decision making for care provision, the roles of community based care professionals in particular community pharmacists, and the importance of the dementia friendly neighbourhood. We also have research programmes looking at specific populations namely those with onset of dementia at a younger age, minority ethnic groups, and those with alcohol related brain injury.

This large spectrum of research is made possible by the vast skill mix of the team; our backgrounds are diverse but we are united by a common goal. The researcher spectrum spans from health to social care and beyond by a team comprising doctors, nurses, pharmacists, psychologist, economists, social workers, social scientists, musicians, carers and people with dementia. Our collaborative working across disciplines nationally and internationally adds to the breadth of our research and we have a particular interest in developing interdisciplinary approaches to dementia research.

The dementia research team is fortunate to be aided in the translation of their research into education and policy informing practice by their collaborative working with the Dementia Services Development Centre.

The Dementia research group continues to evolve within the changing global context of this field.  Our research is pivotal to guide policy and practice within this rapidly changing landscape of dementia care and service delivery. Our ambitions to expand and consolidate our position as one of the leading influences on thinking and practice on dementia are grounded by a common motivation; to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.

If you have a piece of research that you would like us to be involved with or you want to collaborate with us then please contact the research group leader, Emma Reynish at emma.reynish@stir.ac.uk.

As a team, we share a commitment to research that involves and promotes the perspectives of people with dementia and carers and we have extensive experience and interest in the development and use of participatory methods and inclusive approaches to research. We recognise that dementia is experienced by a diverse mix of people and that social, geographical and economic differences are key to how people are situated to live with and experience dementia.

Working as a team we have the advantage that our individual research efforts are never viewed in isolation. We aim to co-ordinate our research efforts to bring together the pieces of this jigsaw in a way that is informed by high-quality research evidence and cascade this cutting-edge research into our teaching so that our international cohort of MSc students benefit from the most up to date and relevant insights into the field.

Name  Subject area Contact
Professor Emma Reynish (research group leader) Dementia Studies emma.reynish@stir.ac.uk
Ailidh Aikman              Dementia Services Development Centre   Ailidh.aikman@stir.ac.uk                       
Stephen Antwi Research Postgraduate  s.f.antwi@stir.ac.uk 
Rosalie Ashworth Research Postgraduate   rosalie.ashworth@stir.ac.uk
Mari Berge Research Postgraduate    m.s.berge@stir.ac.uk
Dr Naomi Brooks Sport, Health and Exercise Science  n.e.brooks@stir.ac.uk
Professor Alison Bowes Sociology a.m.bowes@stir.ac.uk
FeiFei Bu Research Fellow      feifei.bu@stir.ac.uk
Julia Campbell Research and Enterprise Office       julia.campbell@stir.ac.uk
Julie Christie  Research Postgraduate   julie.christie@stir.ac.uk
Professor Peter Connelly Co-Director, The Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network       

contact-us@sdcrn.org.uk

Dr Alison Dawson Research Fellow     a.s.f.dawson@stir.ac.uk

Chris Ferguson Research and Enterprise Office  christopher.ferguson@stir.ac.uk 
Jennifer Ferguson Research Postgraduate    jennifer.ferguson1@stir.ac.uk 
Dr Barbara Graham  Research Fellow  barbara.graham1@stir.ac.uk 
Dr Corinne Greasley-Adams Research Fellow  corinne.greasley-adams@stir.ac.uk 
Dr Grant Gibson Dementia Studies  grant.gibson@stir.ac.uk 
Nadine Thomas  Research Postgraduate  nag00021@students.stir.ac.uk 
Jean Hannah Research Postgraduate  jean.hannah@stir.ac.uk 
Paul Henery Research Postgraduate   p.m.henery@stir.ac.uk 
Alison Irving Research Postgraduate   alison.irving@stir.ac.uk 
Bernadette Keenan Research Postgraduate   
Henriette Laidlaw Dementia Services Development Centre  Henriette.laidlaw@stir.ac.uk 
Emma Law Research Postgraduate  emma.law@stir.ac.uk 
Dr Louise McCabe Dementia Studies  louise.mccabe@stir.ac.uk
Dr Vikki McCall Housing Studies  vikki.mccall1@stir.ac.uk 
Gillian McColgan Teaching Assistant  gillian.mccolgan@stir.ac.uk 
Catherine Pemble Research Postgraduate  catherine.pemble@stir.ac.uk 
Wendy Perry Dementia Services Development Centre  wendy.perry@stir.ac.uk 
Dr Jane Robertson Dementia Studies j.m.robertson@stir.ac.uk
Professor Kirstein Rummery Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology  kirstein.rummery@stir.ac.uk 
Dr Alasdair Rutherford Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology   alasdair.rutherford@stir.ac.uk 
Fiona Sherwood-Johnson Social Work  f.c.sherwood-johnson@stir.ac.uk 
Veronica Smith Research Postgraduate   veronica.smith@stir.ac.uk 
Susan Tester Research Fellow  susan.tester@stir.ac.uk 
Dianne Theakstone Research Postgraduate    d.d.theakstone2@stir.ac.uk 
Kari Velzke Research Postgraduate   k.d.velzke@stir.ac.uk 
Rebecca Walesby Research Fellow  rebecca.walesby@stir.ac.uk  
Dr Richard Ward Dementia Studies  richard.ward1@stir.ac.uk 
Mike Wilson Research Postgraduate   m.d.wilson@stir.ac.uk

Quality of life in later years - voices of older people in Scotland

Dr Corrinne Greasley-AdamsGrant GibsonDr Vikki McCall & Dr Jane Robertson with Age Scotland

The project aims engage the support of 20-25 community researchers from across Scotland to work alongside researchers from the faculty of social sciences. It will provide research training to the community researchers who will assist in gathering visual representations of a good life, running focus groups, and developing a Scotland-wide survey. Community researchers will also be active in analysis and dissemination activities. Community researchers will be older people and may include people living with dementia and their carers. Age Scotland on this project will support provide the support to identifying community researchers and in taking forward messages from the research into policy. The project will result in the following outputs: a main report, short reports of 1-2 pages on key themes, a video report, a collection of posters relating to key themes, a half day dissemination event for policy officers, and a peer review open access journal. 

Neighbourhoods: Our people, our places

The aim of this research is to find out how neighbourhoods and local communities can support people with dementia to remain socially and physically active. We work closely with people with dementia and their carers to find out what their neighbourhood means to them, the different ways it supports them, and what could be changed to make life better. Our work across Central Scotland is just one branch of an international project with the same research being undertaken in Greater Manchester (England) and Linköping (Sweden). The different teams will compare their results and findings and develop locally based interventions in each field site, working with partner organisations in the statutory and voluntary sectors. We hope the outcome will lead to positive changes at a local level for anyone affected by dementia.  The Stirling site is led by Richard Ward and supported by Kainde Manji

You can find out more by visiting our project website

RemoAge

Professor Alison Bowes, Dr Alison Dawson & Dr Louise McCabe

The RemoAge project will tackle the challenge of supporting people with dementia and other frail older people to age in place in remote and sparsely populated areas of the northern periphery of Europe, where there are long distances and limited resources to meet the challenge. It will build on and roll out tested and evaluated service packages that aim to meet this challenge. The services have been designed and refined in an innovative way based on the experiences of the RemoDem project (implemented October 2012 to September 2014, and the experience from other relevant projects. The service package will include methods to support the frail older person with health and social care needs and their families in the home. The expected results are improved access to personalized services in the area of direct support in daily life, support to family carers, support to health personnel, and increased involvement of the community. The innovative and new approach in the RemoAge project is that it will build on and take advantage of a strategy of transnational learning and exchange of experiences in the different modules that the services are targeting and test services that have not previously been implemented and rolled out as a comprehensive service package.  The project is funded by the Northern Peripheries and Arctic programme and involves partners in Norway, Sweden, the Shetland Islands and the Western Isles. 

You can find out more at the project website

The role of volunteering in dementia care

We are undertaking research about volunteering with people living with dementia. We are exploring the experiences of those who volunteer and also the experiences of those with memory problems.

We will produce useful, practical outputs that will help individuals living with dementia, volunteers, housing and care organisations. This project aims to provide insight, learning and knowledge in all of these areas with the aim to produce robust, reliable and implementable findings to help improve the experiences of volunteers and the lives of those living with dementia.

The team includes Dr Vikki McCall, Lecturer in Social Policy and Housing, Dr Louise McCabe, Senior Lecturer in Dementia Studies, Dr Alasdair Rutherford, Lecturer in Quantitative Methods and Shirley Law, Head of Learning & Development, DSDC. 

If you are interested in the project and have any questions contact: louise.mccabe@stir.ac.uk

The project runs from November 2014 – April 2017 and is funded by the Abbeyfield Society.

Health Ageing in Scotland (HAGIS)

Dr Alasdair Rutherford

Healthy Ageing in Scotland (HAGIS) is a study of people aged 50+ in Scotland. It collects data on their health, economic and social circumstances to help improve the health and wellbeing of Scotland’s older people. HAGIS is the first longitudinal study of Scotland’s older people – a study which follows individuals and households through time. Currently, in its pilot phase, HAGIS will interview 1000 individuals aged 50 and over in Scotland and collect detailed information on their health, economic and social circumstances. HAGIS will join the world family of longitudinal ageing studies which began in the USA with the Health and Retirement Study.

More information at: www.hagis.scot

Pathways Through Care

Dr Alasdair Rutherford

In this project we use linked health and social care data to explore the interactions of health and social care service for older people in Scotland. The aims of this research project are to compare the health and social care pathways for a cohorts of older people with dementia diagnose and/or multimorbidity, and to model the interaction of hospital admissions and social care services for this cohort.  This helps us to understand how health and social  care services complement each other in later life.

Older Persons Routine Acute Assessment (OPRAA)

Feifei Bu, Professor Emma Reynish, Dr Alasdair Rutherford & Rebecca Walesby 

  • The study sits in phase 0/1 of the Medical Research Councils Framework for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions.  It is funded by the National Institute for Health Research's Health Services and Delivery Research Programme. 
  • Led by the University of Stirling with University of Dundee collaborating

Aims:

The key aim of this study is to improve understanding of the outcomes of emergency hospital admission in people with cognitive impairment and/or dementia.

A literature review of the current evidence and analysis of a unique large admission dataset will be used to examine outcomes for older people with cognitive impairment and dementia admitted as an acute medical emergency. This will provide the baseline for the development of an intervention for evaluation in the future.

The increased understanding that will result from the project is an essential component necessary for the next step in improving the quality of care for people with cognitive impairment in the general hospital.

Objectives:

a) Review of Outcomes: Review of current literature to obtain an understanding of the quality and type of evidence that exists about the prevalence of cognitive impairment in older people admitted to hospital as emergencies and associations with a spectrum of outcomes assessed or measured in this domain.

A second narrative review will look at the evidence available about outcomes that are most meaningful to people with cognitive impairment following an acute hospital admission.

b) Analysis of Outcomes: data-linkage then analysis of a unique routine population based healthcare dataset to measure healthcare and economic outcomes following hospital admission of older people with and without cognitive impairment and dementia.

c) Survey: A survey to carers asking what the key relevant outcomes are for people with cognitive impairment and their carers in the acute hospital setting

Outputs:

The findings will contribute to our understanding of the outcomes of patients with cognitive impairment in the general hospital and be of use for the development of interventions.

Other projects

Artlink Central – Creating Conversations

Dr Jane Robertson  & Dr Vikki McCall

Moving Memories

Dr Richard Ward

ICHOM - Dementia

Professor Emma Reynish

More information 

Carers Time Use

Professor Alison Bowes, Dr Alison Dawson & Dr Louise McCabe

Physical Activity in Care Holmes

Professor Alison Bowes, Dr Alison Dawson & Dr Louise McCabe

Music & Dementia

Dr Corrinne Greasley-Adams & Professor Emma Reynish [MF3] 

 

Read more about our past and current research projects 

Research Group Seminar: Understanding and improving outcomes

1st February 2017

The Dementia and Ageing Research Group at Stirling University brought together researchers from a large spectrum of backgrounds supporting a multidisciplinary exchange of ideas and methodologies with the common goal of improving lives.

Their research seminar on 1st Feb 2017 highlighted some of the ongoing ground-breaking research that was being carried out by the group in addition to hearing about related developments from three invited speakers.

 

 

 

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