Event Resources 2021

Everyday space of the late 1950s and 1960s: living through the Post War Dream and beyond.

This seminar centres on Britain’s post-war built environment of industrial developments on the periphery of towns, shopping centres, and suburban housing estates, and investigate how this environment of semi-detached houses, cul-de-sacs, roads, and shopping centres still influences contemporary life.

I suggest that urban change from the late 1950s to the early 1970s represents an atmosphere - a kind of Post-War Dream - with a desire to build hope and stability for the future.

This deep study around Newport, focuses on the final three years of the 1960s. We also look forwards to the coming decades, where these spaces of privately owned housing - away from shopping centres and centres of employment - could be the locations where many of Britain’s ageing population live.

Dr Aled Singleton, ESRC Research Fellow, Geography Department, Swansea University

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How to Learn Lessons from Lockdown: The need for Collaboration in Age Related Research

COVID-19 has had devastating effects worldwide. The greatest impact on health outcomes has been on people over 65 years, and those with underlying health conditions. The UK sought to mitigate the effects of the pandemic by restricting population movement and prioritising COVID-19 in the health care system. These measures were crucial in slowing disease transmission, reducing burden on the NHS and reducing virus-related mortality. However, disruption in routine health and social care and increased social isolation will have a longer-term effects.

As a team we wish to investigate the impact of the ‘lockdown’ on the health and well-being of older people in Wales. Our research project will encompass four interlinked work packages to seek to answer this important question. We will guide you through the research project and showcase how our differing areas of expertise will help to answer this research question using a multi-disciplinary approach.

Presented by: Mari Jones, Liv Kosnes, Maria Cheshire-Allen, Emma Richards.

If you would like a copy of the presentation, please email cadr@swansea.ac.uk

Universal challenges of being a dementia carer: experiences from Brazil and UK

Across the world those who care for a loved one with dementia share similar challenges. In this seminar, Patricia and Manu will explore these challenges and explain the work they have done with carers in Santos (Sao Paolo, Brazil) and in Rhyl (Wales, UK). Carers were invited to share their thoughts in group discussions and also using simple art materials to draw (doodle). During the seminar, the audience will also be able to watch a short film where Brazilian and British carers themselves share their thoughts on what it is like to care for someone with dementia on opposite sides of the world.

Dr Patricia Masterson Algar – CADR Researcher, Bangor University (UK)
Dr Emanuela Bezerra Torres Matos - Lecturer, Occupational Therapist, Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP)

Transport and Health in an Ageing Society

This seminar will examine the importance of transport and mobility in relation to health and wellbeing in later life. Staying mobile helps people stay fit and healthy and connected to the things they enjoy doing and the people they love as they age. Establishing links between Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) and a new transport and health research network, THINK (Transport and Health Integrated research NetworK) we will examine how four key areas of where transport intersects health and wellbeing disproportionately affect older people:

  • Community severance: How do we keep people connected to neighbourhoods and communities while at the same time having to, or wanting to, reduce driving?
  • Injuries: Why are older people are overrepresented in collisions from driving, and crucially as pedestrians, especially females? What can be done to improve road safety in later life?
  • Active Travel: How do we encourage for more walking and cycling in later life?
  • Pollution: Older people are disproportionately affected by air and noise pollution with links to cognitive decline and respiratory illnesses.

We will conclude with what needs to happen to help older people stay mobile in later life.

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An international perspective on safe visiting for care home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to rising community transmission of COVID-19 and a growing number of care home outbreaks with rapid spread and high mortality, governments and care homes across the world enacted blanket bans on visitors early in the pandemic. However, evidence shows that visitor bans severely negatively impact the mood and behaviour of residents, resulting in a significant increase in psychotropic medication use. Evidence also suggests that bans increased feelings of guilt, fear, worry and isolation in residents’ families and may have contributed to reported increases in staff workload, stress and burnout. This webinar will present international evidence around the implementation of safe visiting in care homes and provide recommendations for implementing safe visiting will be provided.

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Food Glorious Food

A celebration and sharing event for Catering staff in care homes 

Guest speakers will share their hints and tips and discuss what makes the difference between a care home and place to call home. 

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Music for Dementia


We all have a soundtrack to our lives but how does music enhance and enrich the lives of those living with dementia and those who care for them? In this webinar, Grace will explore why and what role music has to play in dementia care and importantly, how you can help to make music a part of dementia care.

Presenter Grace Meadows

Director of the Music for Dementia campaign, Grace has a life-long career in music, having initially trained as a professional bassoonist. For the last decade she has worked as a qualified music therapist in a variety of health, social care and educational settings with children and adults across the lifespan.

Her early campaign experience was developed at the Music Manifesto, and Sing Up, the national programme to reinstate singing in primary schools. A passionate voice for the power and value of music, Grace later worked for the British Association for Music Therapy, advocating for the inclusion of music and music therapy across health, social care and educational systems.

Grace is passionate about the value of music and culture to enhance and enrich lives, and the power of people and collaboration to create transformative impact and change.

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Designing for Dementia with Altro


With an ageing population increasing the number of dementia cases, this CPD has been designed to give delegates an overview of the fundamental aspects of designing for dementia environments.

This session covers:

  • symptoms of dementia
  • the impact of visual impairment
  • the effect of colour and contrast
  • Department of Health design guidance

To participate in a session on Designing for Dementia please click here:


CADR Conference 2021 – A time of change; A time to change?


DAY 1 (23/03/2021)



DAY 2 (24/03/2021)



DAY 3 (25/03/2021)


OK Cupid do your best, while I Bumble around Tindering for my love, a hook-up or a FWB…!


This presentation will describe the rationale for the ‘COVID-19: Dating Apps, Social Connections, Loneliness and Mental Health in a pandemic’ project. Prior to the pandemic, dating apps have become an integral form for many citizens in society to elicit emotional, sexual, and intimate relationships and connections. However, little is known about the use, impacts, barriers, and enablers to using dating apps, pre-pandemic and even more so since the pandemic. However, given the phenomenal rise of dating apps, accessible for download via iTunes and Google Play Store, coupled with citizens young and old turning to alternative ways of finding a connection and/or companion, dating apps are here to stay.


Dementia Friends


Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about dementia. This session will provide easy to understand information about dementia, including useful analogies and five key messages. Parallel sessions will be offered in Welsh and English, so you can learn in your language of choice.

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