Dr Grant Gibson

Lecturer in Dementia Studies

Dementia and Ageing Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Grant Gibson

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About me

About me

A Human Geographer and Social Gerontologist by background, Grant is a Lecturer in Dementia Studies here in the Faculty of Social Science.  Grant has been an academic researcher in the fields of dementia care and chronic illnesses in old age for over 12 years.  Over this time Grant has worked on projects evaluating satisfaction with memory services among people with dementia and their carers, the design and implementation of assistive technology for people with dementia, and provision of health and social care services for people with dementia and their carers in primary care.  Grant also has experience of carrying out research with people with Parkinson's disease, having worked on a large multi site study exploring prevalence of mood disorders in people with PD. More recently, Grant's research has focused on the use of participatory research methodologies with older people and people with dementia, impact of social interventions in improving quality of life in dementia and older age and experiences of Parkinson's Disease Dementia and Dementia with Lewy Bodies.

Grant holds a PhD from the University of Liverpool exploring men's experiences of living with PD.  Grant has experience of a range of social theoretical approaches, and of qualitative and quantitative research methods.  

Other Academic Activities

Book review editor. Journal of Enabling Technologies
Book review editor for Journal of Enabling Technologies

Committee Member British Society of Gerontology Technology and Ageing Special Interest Group
British Society of Gerontology

Research (9)

Grant's research interests in the area of dementia and dementia care include

Critical approaches to the use of technology within dementia care. Health and social care service delivery for people with dementia Dementia, gender and embodiment

Grant's wider research interests include

the lived experience of chronic illness states in older people Multimorbidity and older age Gender ageing and health Masculinity and men's health in older age

Grant is a member of the Dementia and Ageing Research Group at Stirling University and the British Society of Gerontology Technology and Ageing Special Interest Group. Grant is also Book Reviews Editor for the Journal of Enabling Technologies

Projects

Designing homes for healthy cognitive ageing: co-production for impact and scale (DesHCA)
PI: Professor Alison Bowes
Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council

Stonewater - inclusive and assisted living in retirement living schemes
PI: Dr Vikki McCall
Funded by: Longleigh Foundation

Sit Less Move More – Creating a culture of activity and movement in a care home setting
PI: Dr Grant Gibson
Funded by: Life Changes Trust

Creating better lives? An Evaluation of the Life Changes Trust
PI: Dr Louise McCabe
Funded by: Life Changes Trust

Peer Support for People with a Lived Experience of Dementia
PI:
Funded by: Life Changes Trust

COVID-19 Rapid Response. Sustaining the resilience and wellbeing of frontline community based care and support workers to vulnerable older people during a time of crisis
PI: Dr Grant Gibson
Funded by: Chief Scientist Office

Evaluation of dementia friendly walking activities in care homes
PI: Dr Grant Gibson
Funded by: Paths for All

BoB Bettergen innovation voucher
PI: Dr Grant Gibson
Funded by: Scottish Funding Council

Quality of Life in Later Years Research Project - Voices of Older People in Scotland
PI:
Funded by: Life Changes Trust

Outputs (31)

Outputs

Article

Robertson J, Gibson G, Greasley-Adams C, McCall V, Gibson J, Mason-Duff J & Pengelly R (2022) 'It gives you a reason to be in this world': the interdependency of communities, environments and social justice for quality of life in older people. Ageing and Society, 42 (3), pp. 539-563. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0144686x20000859

Research Report

Rolfe S, Pusram A, Robertson J, Gibson G & McCall V (2021) Ageing Well With Assistive Technology: Co-producing technology solutions with older people. A scoping review of the evidence.. Longleigh Foundation/Stonewater Housing Association. Stirling: University of Stirling. https://www.housinglin.org.uk/_assets/Resources/Housing/OtherOrganisation/Scoping-review-final-published-version.pdf

Book Chapter

Gibson G (2019) Life at Home and Technology with Dementia. In: Astell A, Smith SK & Joddrell P (eds.) Using Technology in Dementia Care: A Guide to Technology Solutions for Everyday Living. London: Jessica Kingsley, pp. 67-87. https://uk.jkp.com/products/using-technology-in-dementia-care

Article

Killin L, Russ TC, Surdhar S, Yoon Y, McKinstry B, Gibson G & MacIntyre D (2018) Digital Support Platform: a qualitative research study investigating the feasibility of an internet-based, postdiagnostic support platform for families living with dementia. BMJ Open, 8 (4), Art. No.: e020281. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020281

Article

Dickinson C, Gibson G, Gotts Z, Stobbart L & Robinson L (2017) Cognitive stimulation therapy in dementia care: exploring the views and experiences of service providers on the barriers and facilitators to implementation in practice using Normalization Process Theory. International Psychogeriatrics, 29 (11), pp. 1869-1878. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610217001272

Research Report

Gibson G, Robertson J & Pemble C (2017) Dementia Friendly Walking Project: Evaluation Report. Paths for All. Paths For All. http://www.pathsforall.org.uk/pfa/news/new-research-by-the-university-of-stirling-on-our-dementia-friendly-walking-project.html

Article

Gibson G, Mottram P, Burn D, Hindle J, Landau S, Mike S, Hurt C, Brown R & Wilson K (2013) Frequency, prevalence, incidence and risk factors associated with visual hallucinations in a sample of patients with Parkinson's Disease: a longitudinal 4-year study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 28 (6), pp. 626-631. https://doi.org/10.1002/gps.3869

Article

Brown R, Landau S, Hindle J, Playfer J, Mike S, Wilson K, Hurt C, Anderson R, Carnell J, Dickinson L, Gibson G, Van Schaick R, Sellwood K, Thomas B & Burn D (2011) Depression and Anxiety Related Subtypes in Parkinson's Disease. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 82 (7), pp. 803-809. https://doi.org/10.1136/jnnp.2010.213652

Article

Gibson G, Timlin A, Curran S & Wattis J (2007) The impact of location on satisfaction with dementia services amongst people with dementia and their informal carers: a comparative evaluation of a community-based and a clinic-based memory service.. International Psychogeriatrics, 19 (2), pp. 267-277. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610206004261

Teaching

Teaching

Grant is a lecturer on the Dementia Studies MSc at Stirling University. Grant's teaching focuses on Reserarch Methods in Dementia, and Dementia and the Environment. Grant also regularly teaches on the undergraduate module 'Improving Dementia Care'. Grant is currently Chief Examiner and Admissions Officer for the MSc in Dementia Studies.

Grant is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.