Research

Information about the work being undertaken by the Centre for Ageing Studies, including the research of our PhD students.

 

 The health impact of ‘scams’, this is a growing research stream in the Centre.  This project includes an evaluation of an anti-scams initiative and the commissioning and analysis of two Mass Observation Directives, (see www.massobs.org.uk). We have also been commissioned by Palgrave McMillan to publish a pivot-book focusing on the impact of ‘scams’ on older people. fhsc_cas_banner

 

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The evaluation of Brightlife, which is a Big Lottery funded project that aims to tackle social isolation among older people living in Cheshire West.  The project is overseen by a consortium of local organisations from public, voluntary and private sectors led by Age UK Cheshire and older people are involved in all aspects of the project and have representatives on all working and strategic groups.  We have also received new commission to evaluate the Brightlife funded Social Prescribing pilots being rolled out in Malpas, Winsford and Chester.

Click here can find out about the Brightlife Volunteer Co-researchers and Brightlife Qualitative Evaluation 


Left: Staff members of the Centre for Ageing Studies after a celebratory lunch with the Brightlife Project co-researchers who have been awarded Honorary Research Associate Contracts with the University of Chester.

 

The Mass Observation Project is a UK based project that documents and records the lives of people living in the UK.  The project collects data via a panel of 500 members of the public who respond to written questions known as “Directives” three times each year. The “Directives” comprise of two or three themes exploring political, social and personal issues relevant to the UK.  Our first Directive focuses on dementia and the second takes a wider perspective exploring how people identify and deal with “scams”, as well as the impact being “scammed” has on the health and wellbeing of those who have fallen victim. 

Aim is to add to health related data and produce a more in depth paper about the health impact of scams, provide data for other papers (data has already been identified that relates to the “Vagaries of scams”) and look towards producing a methodology paper on using Mass Observation data.

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A review of Domestic Homicides in England is ongoing.  

Data harvested from Domestic Homicide Reports involving people over 60 years of age, is being analysed to identify common themes and common learning in order to offer insights into services proving care for older people at risk of violence/abuse.

 

Halton Clinical Commissioning Group has introduced five new Primary Care interventions, funded by the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund.  These include extended access to GP appointments, addressing low screening uptake, and a community pharmacy.  We have been commissioned to evaluate the impact of these interventions on service users and providers.

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An Age Suit has recently been purchased for use in the Centre for Ageing Studies and wider Faculty.  The age suit will initially be used to address its impact on students attitudes to older people and hope to expand on this research in the near future.
 
Left: A staff member of the Centre for Ageing Studies Research Team wearing the Age Suit.

 

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Doctoral Research

The Faculty currently has one full-time doctoral student, funded by the Tom Mason Scholarship. Rumandeep Tiwana is undertaking a study entitled “Intimate and sexual relationships in later life: The conundrum for dementia".

 

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