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Impact of attendance at a day centre on frailty outcomes and quality of life for older women

Project Description

This studentship is an exciting opportunity to join the Centre for Ageing Research (C4AR) at Lancaster University to work within this internationally highly regarded multidisciplinary centre that focuses on the challenges of ageing from a range of perspectives.

The studentship will focus on impact evaluation of a women’s day centre in West Yorkshire. Women who attend are aged >50 and largely from the South Asian community. The area has higher hospital admittance for falls amongst >65s, greater income deprivation amongst >60s and a range of health inequalities in comparison with adjacent areas. The project aims to facilitate social engagement (including peer support), provides physical activity and a range of wellbeing opportunities, including intergenerational projects with children.

Women are more likely to be diagnosed as frail in older age than men, and frailty is associated with greater risk of adverse outcomes in women. However, anecdotal observations of women who attend the centre suggest that falls are less likely than expected for the area, and quality of life improves.

Aim: To evaluate whether there is evidence for these observations, whether there are aspects of the provision that have particular impact and what is the experience and perceptions of the women and volunteers.

Methods: Triangulated mixed methods, four components (i) Literature review of impact of day-centres (ii) retrospective analysis of existing data on women who attend the centre to compare longitudinally and with local statistics on health outcomes. (iii) Current assessment of frailty, including psychological and social variables (e.g. loneliness) and outcomes (falls, QoL) from when people first attend to 6 months later. (iv) Qualitative work to examine experiences and components of the provision that older women, volunteers, and families perceive as having impact. Within this, we will specifically examine their experience of an intergenerational project.

The student: You will have experience and confidence in both quantitative and qualitative methods, although further training will be provided. You will be motivated to work relatively independently in the field, and show cultural awareness suitable for work with this population. Some knowledge of Urdu or Punjabi would be helpful but not essential.

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Applications are made by completing an application for PhD Health Research October 2019 through our online application system. Closing date: midnight 15th March 2019

Funding Notes

Awards are available for UK or EU students only for a maximum of three years full-time study. Awards will cover University Tuition Fees and stipend at Research Council Doctoral Stipend Level (2018-2019: £14,777).

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