The Wellbeing in Older People conference held on 25th Jan was a big success with 100 delegates attending and a waiting list of many more. Attendees came from a variety of third sector and statutory organisations with interests in the wellbeing of older people, as well as members of the general public. Papers were presented from academics researching this area from schools across the university and different disciplines including a film presenting research findings relevant to this group.
Presentations on the day covered:
- How a favourable dining experience is important to ensure the best possible nutritional intake, with mealtimes central to nutritional care and quality of life of residents in care homes.
- Investigating the impacts of friendship clubs seeking to reduce social isolation in the older age group.
- How retirement incomes have fallen for many, whilst essential living costs have increased, with consequential impacts on financial, health and social aspects of well-being. We look at how these people are coping with the downturn and its impact on their lives.
- The emerging findings of a study indicating how older peoples’ sense of well-being in rural life is particularly connected to a sense of embedded ‘at-homeness’ in their locality and landscape. It is this intertwining of rurality, well-being and ageing that is emerging as pivotal for understanding older peoples’ mobility needs.
- Issues and Challenges facing older people who fund their own care.
- Rufus Stone - a film which studies positioning, ageing and gay life in rural South West England and Wales .
Commenting on the success of the event Dr Ann Hemingway said ‘The evaluations for the day were very positive and we have made some new partnerships for the future and recruited research subjects as well as having very useful question and comment sessions during the day. The popularity of the event showed the great interest and enthusiasm for this area.’
Date for the Diary
BU will be holding an open public meeting about Dementia on Wednesday 16th May in the Executive Business Centre on Holdenhurst Road in Bournemouth. Further details about this event will follow.
About the Wellbeing Centre
BU’s Wellbeing in Practice initiative is designed to help both commercial and public sector businesses and organisations, look at their practice in a new, improved and unique way. Through the application of the latest academic research from many health and wellbeing aspects, the Wellbeing Centre will enable you to rethink how everyone in your workplace can join together to promote their own and others wellbeing, ultimately improving overall performance.