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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.

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 1,200 known recipients to date.

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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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Research themes

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