Our new Ageing & Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) at Bournemouth University (BU) brings together cross-faculty research expertise in areas of ageing and dementia. At a time when our population is living longer and often with long-term conditions including dementia, the centre’s research significantly impacts on theory, education and professional practice.
The aim of ADRC is to use the team’s collective expertise to develop person-centred research which will improve the lives of people with dementia and their families. Their research falls under three broad categories – developing ageing & dementia friendly environments, nutrition & wellbeing and activity & social inclusion. Each topic builds on a wealth of research knowledge and projects already taking place at BU.
Our research significantly impacts on theory, education and professional practice and falls under three broad categories
Ageing & Dementia Friendly Environments
People with dementia often find it more difficult to understand and navigate built environments. Dementia-friendly environments compensate for impairments to maximise independence and quality of life. We conduct research into the design of supportive dementia-friendly environments.
ESRC-funded project “Dementia-friendly architecture: Reducing Spatial Disorientation in Dementia Care Homes”.
Dementia-friendly architecture: what do we know and where do we go?
The Wayfinding Lab conducts research into the cognitive processes involved in successful navigation and wayfinding. To explore this website, to learn more about current projects and local work, please click here
Nutrition and Wellbeing
Please click on this link Nutrition & Dementia to find out more about this project.
Activity and Social Inclusion
People with dementia, their carers and families need access to information, advice, support, care and treatment, at a time when it is relevant for them. This can be challenging for service providers. Our interventions and evaluations research drives forward innovative practice in all aspects of health and social care provision for people with dementia. This includes best practice in health promotion, health and social care delivery, and helping carers and families to support the person with dementia.
Dr Samuel Nyman, has been awarded a Career Development Fellowship by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). For information about the TACIT Trial (TAi ChI for people with demenTia please click here. An update on the project and YouTube clips can be found here
The AD-GAMING Project is an ERASMUS+ funded project that aims to develop a Training Platform (website and instruction guidance documents) to support the use of Serious Games that can enhance the Quality of Life of people with dementia. The project team is led by Alzheimer’s Valencia and is supported by five European partners: Bournemouth University Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC); Alzheimer’s Slovenia; Alzheimer’s Romania; Alzheimer’s Greece and; the Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (IBV).
The project began in September 2016 and will run for two years; concluding in September 2018. The research consists of three phases:
- Phase 1: Initial feedback from key stakeholders on selected Serious Games
- Phase 2: Development of the online platform and training documents
- Phase 3: Evaluation of the online training platform and training documents.
Phase 1 of the project is now complete and Phase 2 is underway. This involves working in collaboration with health professionals and people with dementia to design the online platform and training documents. This phase of the research is likely to conclude around September 2017, and will be succeeded by an evaluation of the materials. [For further information please contact Dr Ben Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org]
Hartmeyer, S., Grzeschik, R., Wolbers, T.and Wiener, J.M (2017) The Effects of Attentional Engagement on Route Learning Performance in a Virtual Environment: An Aging Study. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 9, 235 – 235.
Hicks, B. Carroll, D. Shanker, S. El-Zeind, A. (2017) ‘Well I’m still the Diva!’ Enabling people with dementia to express their identity through graffiti arts: Innovative Practice. Dementia (published online)
Kenigsberg P-A, Aquino J-P, Bérard A, Brémond F, Charras K, Dening T, Droës R-M, Gzil F, Hicks B, Innes A, Nguyen M, Nygård L, Pino M, Sacco G, Salmon E, van der Roestj, H, Villet H, Villez M, Robert P, Manera V (2017) Assistive technologies to address capabilities of people with dementia. Dementia
Miller, J.K., McDougall, S., Thomas, S. and Wiener, J.M., 2017. Impairment in active navigation from trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 140, 114-123.
Murphy J, Holmes J, Brooks C Measurements of daily energy intake and total energy expenditure in people with dementia in care homes: the use of wearable technology. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging .2017
Nyman, S. R., & Skelton, D. A. (2017). The case for Tai Chi in the repertoire of strategies to prevent falls among older people. Perspectives in Public Health, 137(2), 85-86.
Heward, M., Innes, A., Cutler, C. and Hambidge, S., 2016. Dementia-friendly communities: Challenges and strategies for achieving stakeholder involvement. Health and Social Care in the Community. DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12371
Cutler, C., Palma, P. And Innes, A. 2016. Tales of the Sea. Dementia: The international Journal of Social Research and Practice.
McParland, P., Cutler, C. And Innes, A. 2016. The challenges of implementing and evaluating a pilot music and movement intervention for people with dementia. Dementia. The international Journal of Social Research and Practice.
Smith, M., Atkin, A. And Cutler, C. 2016. An age old problem? Estimating the impact of dementia on past human populations. Journal of Aging and Health.
Events & Conferences
16 – 20 July 2017 : Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017, London
Prof. Jane Murphy and Joanne Holmes
12 July 2017: Bournemouth University Festival of Learning
ADRC have an interactive event “Growing up and getting old”. A very well attended event with lots of interaction. All ADRC staff were in attendance.
29 June 2017: Quality Matters Conference, Poole, Dorset.
Joanne Holmes (presenting), Prof. Jane Murphy, Michelle O’Brien
27 June 2017: Launch of ebook “Eating and Drinking Well: Supporting People Living with Dementia” – attendance by private invitation only. Prof. Jane Murphy, Joanne Holmes, Dr Michele Board and Michelle O’Brien
25 May 2017 : Alzheimer’s Society Memory Advisory Dorset wide meeting (Durweston, Blandford).
Prof. Jane Murphy gave a presentation about ADRC whilst Dr Ramona Grzeschik, Christopher Hilton and Iram Bibi represented ADRC and disseminated current research projects.
18 May 2017 : Poole Dementia Action Group
Prof. Jane Murphy, Michelle O’Brien and Yolanda Barrado-Martin represented ADRC at the Poole Dementia Action event held at the Spire Church, Poole High Street.
8-9 May 2017 : Third Edition of the EU Falls Festival, Amsterdam
Natalia Adamczewska and Yolanda Barrado-Martin represented the Psychology Department and the ADRC. The theme of the congress was “Developing Collaborations across Professions and throughout Europe”.
30 April 2017
Mayday Food and Drink Festival
Joanne Holmes and Dr Swrajit Sarkar represented ADRC at the festival at the RNLI college.
26 April: Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) conference
Dr Ben Hicks presenting his findings from his PhD “Enabling social inclusion in older men with dementia using a commercial gaming technological initiative”. Click here to read Ben’s blog
24 April 2017: DHUFT & BU Dementia Study Day
Prof. Jane Murphy, Dr Michele Board and Dr Michelle Heward
6 – 7 April 2017: Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat, Tubingen, Germany
Prof. Jan Wiener attended as an invited speaker and panel discussion member at the Models and Representations in spatial cognition workshop hosted by the Cognitive Neuroscience Department, University of Tuebingen.
30 March 2017 : Residential Provider Forum, Bournemouth
The title of this event was “Commissioning priorities and current view of the care home market (supply, demand, quality and sustainability)”. Prof Jane Murphy (presented) and Dr Ramona Grzeschik (represented ADRC). Others in attendance were Skills for Care, Partners in Care, Bournemouth Borough Council, Alive, Equipped for Living and Bournemouth’s Workforce Development Team to name a few.
28 March : ERASMUS+, Thessaloniki, Greece
Dr Ben Hicks attended the 2nd meeting of the ERASMUS+ funded 2 year project working with five European partners to develop training materials and an on-line platform to support the use of Serious Games to enhance the well-being of people with dementia and their care partners. The third meeting will be taking place in Bournemouth in July 2017, and we will be looking to discuss the findings from the second phase of our research
21-22 March 2017 : Dublin City University, Ireland
Prof. Jane Murphy, Dr Michele Board and Joanne Holmes presented at the Research Networking and Innovation Event on “Nutrition and Health in the Older Person”.
15-16 March 2017: Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat Munich, Germany
Prof. Jan Wiener was an invited speaker, his presentation was “What can eye-tracking tell us about the cognitive mechanisms underlying successful navigation”.
1 February 2017: Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK), Southampton
Prof. Jan Wiener, Dr Michelle Heward, Dr Ben Hicks and Iram Bibi represented ADRC at the “Living with Dementia 2017” conference.
29 November to 2 December : University Hospital Magdeburg, Germany
Prof. Jan Wiener was an invited speaker at the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases. Presentation entitled “Learning routes through real and virtual environments: the effect of (a)typical ageing.
27 – 31 August 2017: 40th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2017), Henry Ford Building, Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany
Dr Ramona Grzeschik (Poster)
3-6 September 2017 : 20th conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP), Potsdam, Germany.
Prof. Jan Wiener (speaker), Dr Ramona Grzeschik (poster) and Christopher Hilton (poster)
14 September 2017 : Nutrition & Hydration Event, Borough of Poole Providers, Poole Civic Centre
28 September 2017 : National Frailty Conference, NHS England & British Geriatrics Society, Leeds
Dr Michele Board
17 October 2017 : Nottinghamshire Healthcare, “VOICEs in dementia care: the science and practice of communication.
Dr Michelle Heward
7-9 November 2017 : 12th UK Dementia Congress, Doncaster Racecourse
Prof. Jane Murphy (presenting) Joanne Holmes (co-presenting)