Dementia and Ageing Research Group Seminar 2018

DARG18 research seminar

As a society there is a growing recognition of the need to address the demographic changes of an ageing population. At the University of Stirling we focus our research and development activity around the common goal of improving lives. Our research programmes deliver the here and now findings that have the potential to make real life differences in the immediate future. As such our research has the potential for a more immediate impact compared to the likes of basic science and clinical trials research. Coupled with our ongoing development activities we have the ability to deliver palpable impact to the older population and those living with dementia.

Our research covers a vast spectrum of areas. Our strength lies in our combined ability to continue to make sense of individual research findings in the global research context. This will enable us to build the larger picture of the optimal elements that make up the essence of “A good life”.

At DARG18 we explored this larger picture of the University’s current research and development activities.

The presentations from the seminar are available below to download.

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Day 1

Keynote Presentation - Ms Lesley Palmer

  • Iridis


  • Exploring opportunities for the personalization of assistive technologies in dementia care - Dr Grant Gibson
  • RemoAge: support for frail older people in remote and rural areas in Europe - Dr Louise McCabe, Professor Alison Bowes, Dr Alison Dawson
  • Adaptive environments: tailoring our interventions to the individual - Ms Wendy Perry
  • Using computer vision to guide dementia friendly interior Desgin - Dr Kevin Swingler 
  • Optimisation of home health care delivery using evolutionary algorithims - Dr David Cairns
  • Robotic companions - Professor Amir Hussain

Acute Hospitals

  • Systematic review of the prevalence and outcomes of cognitive spectrum disorders in general hospital inpatients - Professor Emma Reynish
  • Outcomes that matter - Ms Henriette Ebbesen Laidlaw
  • Does anti-dementia medication reduce mortality in the population with dementia aged 65 and over admitted to an acute hospital? - Dr Simona Hapca
  • Cognitive spectrum disorders (CSD) and the costs of acute hospital stays - Dr Alasdair Rutherford
  • Best Practice: knowledge exchange with impact - Ms Shirley Law

Surveys and Population Data

  • HAGIS: Scottish longitudinal survey of ageing - Professor David Bell
  • Informal care and health outcomes in older people:exploring measures of multimorbidity - Mr Paul Henery
  • Issues with the measurement of informal care in social surveys: evidence from the English longitudinal study of ageing - Dr Feifei Bu
  • Carers and choice modelling - Ms Nadine Thomas

Dementia care: care homes

  • 'CHARMS' and the complexities of research in care homes - Dr Alison Dawson
  • The support networks of older people living in care homes - Ms Jennifer Ferguson
  • Exploring care home admissions from hospital using the Scottish care home census - Dr Jenni Burton
  • Medicines management in care homes - Professor Alison Bowes

Keynote presentation - Dr Anne Killet

  • Following through on co-production in dementia research: where can this take us? 

Day 2

Keynote presentation - Professor Karim Hadjri

  • Housing choices and home design for people with dementia 

Design, Neighbourhoods and Communities

  • Care home layout - Mr Martin Quirke 
  • Neighbourhoods: our people our places - translating research evidence into practice - Dr Richard Ward and Dr Kainde Manji
  • "I felt as though I was an island": navigating physical, social and relational thresholds with dementia - Ms Cate Pemble
  • A qualitative evaluation of Path for All's dementia friendly walking groups - Dr Grant Gibson
  • Carers' time use: developing time use diaries - Dr Alison Dawson 
  • Kings Park Project - Dr Corinne Greasley Adams

Housing and Accommodation

  • Bringing together health, social care and housing services for older people: an evaluation of a new housing model - Dr Vikki McCall
  • Our vision for campus: the centre for intergenerational wellbeing - Professor Judith Phillips 

Quality of Life

  • A good life project - Dr Corinne Greasley Adams
  • Facilitating creativity in dementia care - Dr Jane Robertson
  • Support for carers and volunteers - Ms Lynda Hutton 
  • Admiral nursing: case management in dementia - Ms Karen Harrison Dening
  • ASUME volunteering and dementia - Dr Vikki McCall

Global challenges and solutions: the challenge of care - panel discussion 

  • India, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, China