Our PhD researchers Centre for Positive Ageing

We have a number of PhD students whose topics of research are varied and tend to fit with main themes of the centre.

Jacqueline Stevenson

Jacqui Stevenson is a third year doctoral student and Vice Chancellor scholar in the department of Family Care and Mental Health. Her thesis is a feminist, participatory exploration of women's experiences of ageing with HIV in London.  It aims to add to the body of evidence around ageing and HIV, as people live longer with HIV due to effective treatment, and older people acquire and are diagnosed with HIV. With a specific focus on women and the gendered experiences of ageing, this research explores how women are responding and adapting to ageing with HIV, with a specific focus on community, social support, social and healthcare needs and the role of the State and third sector services in meeting these needs. The research utilises a feminist methodology and participatory, assets-based and narrative methods. The study is constructed in phases and includes participatory creative workshops, participatory literature review, stakeholder interviews, life story interviews and participatory data analysis workshops. A summary of early findings from the study can be found at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_5XkUwJTVGwQUh2WDdJdkxzWTA

Patricia Twite - RDN, Dip. DHE, FETC, BSc (Hons)

Patricia is a second year doctoral student. The title of her research is about "The identification and management of oral pain and discomfort in older people with dementia living at home: comparing the experiences of informal carers and dental professionals."

The aim of my study is to compare the experiences of informal carers and dental professionals, when identifying and managing dental pain in older people living at home with dementia. Studies suggest that the practical upkeep of oral hygiene for people living with dementia, can have a major impact on dental health and the problem of identifying pain can lead to inadequate pain control, resulting in poor quality of life. Family members and friends providing care at home, have a unique knowledge and understanding of those they care for with dementia, often having experience of how to interpret signs and symptoms learned over many months and years. Dental professionals, although without this unique personal understanding of the individual, have their own knowledge and experience of identifying dental pain and providing dental care.

By comparing the different experiences of carers and dental professionals, my research aims to find new insights that could help improve the identification and management of dental pain and discomfort for older people living at home with dementia.

Centre for Positive Ageing is part of the Faculty of Education & Health, University of Greenwich.