Staying socially active, engaging with friends, family, and peers, is found to be a key to ageing well, and also reduces our chances of developing dementia. So, how can we stay socially active as we age? In this episode, I am talking to two social support providers, who are offering support services for older adults and people with dementia - Justine Shenton from the Sefton Older People's Forum and Di Burbidge from Chinese Wellbeing.
Being joined by two fellow keen runners in this special episode, I talk to Jacquie Millet and Dr Paula Watson from LJMU about running, exercise, and ageing well. Jacquie has only started running after retiring at 58, and is now about to embark on her 210th marathon in her late 60s! Jacquie is also a 6-Star finisher and has done the famous Comrades Marathon. Paula is a regular park runner and exercise psychologist, and highlights how we may not need to run marathons or even engage in exercise to stay physically active in old age, despite the great fun marathons can bring.
In this episode, I am joined by Dr Robyn Dowlen from the University of Leeds and Helena Bull from the Manchester Camerata. We discuss how music and other forms of creativity can help to age well, and should be part of all of our lives. Creativity comes in many forms, you might not know how creative you are.
Robyn is a postdoctoral research associate and has a specialism in the ways in which engaging with arts and culture can impact on our health and wellbeing, and her PhD focussed on understanding the benefits of music for people living with dementia.
Helena is a project manager with Camerata’s Community team, working alongside musicians and various partners to coordinate a range of creative music making projects.
In this episode, I am talking to Dr Frances Darlington-Pollock from the University of Liverpool, lecturer in population geography. Fran is also the Chair of the Board of The Equality Trust, and is talking about how where we live can determine what type of dementia and ageing care we can access. To find out more about Fran's work, follow her on Twitter @F_Darlington.
In this episode, I am talking to Carol Rogers and John-Paul Mills from House of Memories, based in Liverpool. House of Memories is part of National Museums Liverpool and provides a dementia awareness programme and community service for family and professional carers, enabling carers to talk with the person with dementia about objects and memories from the past. House of Memories also operates globally, and there are different ways in which people can access the service - from face-to-face at the Museum, in the digital app, or, brand new, House of Memories On The Road immersive mobile museum. To keep up to date with House of Memories, follow them on Twitter @house_memories
In this episode, I am talking to Dr Catherine Talbot, Lecturer at Bournemouth University, about digital inequalities in dementia and ageing. She is sharing her latest research into how COVID-19 has affected digital tech usage in dementia, and we discuss more broadly how digital technology seems to be part of future care.
In this Episode in the 1st season about COVID-19 and care, I spoke with Julie Dickinson and Hilary Tetlow - two carers of someone living with dementia - about their experiences during the pandemic. Julie is caring for her husband Phil at home, and has changed her lifestyle completely since the pandemic. Hilary used to care for her mother and her uncle with dementia, and is currently caring for a friend with a rare dementia. She is also involved with SURF Liverpool, a dementia support group.
In this Episode, I am joined by three researchers in the field of long-term care - all of whom have looked at how the pandemic has impacted on care homes. Prof Hilde Verbeek is a Professor of Long-Term Care Environments at Maastricht University, the Netherlands and the Vice chair of the Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care. Adelina Comas-Herrera is a researcher in long-term care and dementia care policy at the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics. She is curator of LTCcovid.org, a website to support sharing of evidence and experiences on COVID-19 and long-term care. Dr Jenni Burton is a clinical academic in geriatric medicine at the University of Glasgow, working as a registrar in Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Her research aims to improve understanding of the needs of those living in care homes, with a focus on pathways into care.
With each having a different focus on care homes, we are discussing the many angles in which residents, staff, and family carers have been affected.
In Episode 2, I am joined by three social support service providers all providing support for those living with dementia and family carers. Jacqui Cannon is a former carer and CEO of the Lewy Body Society, a Wigan-based dementia charity operating nationally. Ripaljeet Kaur is a Coordinator at BME Dementia Service at Touchstone, a mental health organization based in Leeds. Nanette Mellor is Chief Executive Officer of The Brain Charity which is an organisation that offers emotional support, practical help and social activities for individuals with any neurological condition.
In this episode, we talk about the challenges faced in providing support for dementia during the pandemic, and how smaller and larger charities had to adapt.
In the very first episode of Season 1, I am joined by Dr Emma Vardy, Consultant Geriatrician at Salford Royal Hospital. Emma is is the Chair for the British Geriatrics Society dementia and related disorders special interest group, and deputy editor of Age & Ageing. In this episode, we are talking about how the pandemic has impacted on care for older people, those with and those without dementia, with Emma sharing insights from her clinical practice and about how her job has changed during the pandemic.