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.
Welcome to The Ageing Scientist – a new podcast focusing on all things science and ageing, discussing different topics with academics, clinicians, service providers, and older people, and people affected by dementia. My name is Clarissa Giebel, and I am a researcher based at the University of Liverpool, exploring inequalities in dementia care and ageing.