Ageing & Dementia Research Centre

Ageing and Dementia Research Centre

Our 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 the 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.

The ADRC is led by Professor Jane Murphy and Professor Jan Wiener, supported by staff and students from the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science & Technology.

Read a recent article produced by an associate member of the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre: ‘Lockdown and dementia. For some, COVID-19 has created an isolated, confusing but calmer world.’

Read our blog post, ‘Care at home in the time of covid

To find out more about recent ADRC activity, skip to:

ADRC research projects

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Innovative Education

To improve the delivery of care for people with dementia, there is need for appropriate and effective training for all health and social care staff; a recommendation outlined in government policy. We have developed innovative education and training packages that have been delivered nationally and presented internationally.

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Optimising food and nutritional care for people with dementia

Research led by Professor Jane Murphy and Dr Joanne Holmes of the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) at BU has resulted in the development of a toolkit that’s helping to transform nutritional care for people with dementia. This has reached almost 2,100 known recipients to date.

Mary O'Malley

Dementia and Wayfinding

Researchers in BU’s Psychology department are leading the way in transforming the building and design guidelines of dementia care homes in the UK, helping residents with their navigation and orientation skills, which will improve their independence and quality of life.

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DIALOR (DIgitAL cOaching for fRailty)

Frailty is a condition that affects one in ten people over the age of 65. It means people are at higher risk of falls, disability and poorer quality of life. This project is devloping an intervention to support older adults using personalised health coaching and digital technology to manage symptoms of frailty and long-term health conditions.

Story 2 Remember

Story 2 Remember

The 'Story 2 Remember' project is using drama and storytelling to create a training program to be used by health and social care professionals in care settings, with people with Alzheimer's disease.

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Taking place across Europe, this project explores how to reduce unemployment and obesity at the same time through supporting people to make healthier lifestyle choices.

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Healthy Brain, Healthy Life

Funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, the project aims to create dialogue and engage with minority ethnic communities around brain health and dementia.

Research themes

Our research significantly impacts on theory, education and professional practice and falls under three broad categories:

ADRC coffee mornings

We would like to invite you to join our exciting new ADRC informal coffee mornings to hear more and chat about our research. These will take place each month online (at least for the time being) as we thought it might be nice to engage with you about our research in a new way this year. We are keen to hear your thoughts about our research in these sessions and for you to feedback on study ideas (even develop new ideas) as well as progress and findings.

Each month we will be talking about a new area of research within Nutrition and Dementia. 

Sessions will last approximately 1 hour.

To find out more and to get involved, please email [email protected]

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